Technology protects isolated employees

Check-in alerts and panic buttons are key safety features
By Alan Crooks
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/19/2007

As more and more provincial jurisdictions enact working-alone legislation, corporations, governments and other organizations are looking for ways to protect employees and sub-contractors who work alone or in isolation.

Changes to the Criminal Code that make it easier to charge corporations and executives for workplace deaths have also made supervisors more conscientious about due diligence in protecting the safety of employees who work away from the employer’s main place of business because companies have civil and criminal liability exposure.

New technology has made it easier to develop a safety system to keep track of employees working alone. The most important feature from the user’s perspective is a system that is easy to use and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.