Five Working Alone Situations That May Put Employees at Risk

Five Working Alone Situations That May Put Employees at Risk

Employees who work alone can be grouped into five broad categories:

Employees who handle cash.
This includes convenience store clerks, retail and food outlet employees, and taxi drivers.

Employees who travel away from a base office to meet clients.
This includes home care employees, social services employees and bylaw enforcement officers.

Employees who do hazardous work but have no routine interaction with customers or the public.
This includes employees in the logging, oil and gas industries.

Employees who travel alone but have no routine interaction with customers or the public.
This includes truck drivers and business people in transit.

Employees who are at risk of a violent attack because their work site is isolated from public view.
This includes security guards and custodians.

Each of these situations has different hazards and ways to control them.

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