How to use GPS technology for safety monitoring

Published on May 18, 2016 in Marketplace by Joseph Carino

GPS technology can be used to protect the safety of lone workers. Find out how a GPS safety monitoring "Man-Down" system works.

Isolated lone workers often perform their job duties far from supervisors and coworkers, putting them at real risk. There are a number of practices and techniques to manage lone worker safety. One of the most effective ways of doing that is with gps technology and a lone worker GPS safety monitoring system that integrates with the Geotab telematics platform.

Employer Responsibilities for Lone Workers

A lone worker can be defined as any employee who performs an activity in isolation from other workers and supervisors. Types of lone workers range from a receptionist in a large building to an engineer performing maintenance on infrastructure in the Arctic. The wide array of activities and environments means that there are a great number of associated risks and potential situations to consider. Assessing and preparing for those scenarios requires much work and careful planning.

Employers are responsible for taking extra precautions for employees working alone in dangerous and secluded environments. An effective means of communication between the worker and persons capable of responding to the worker’s needs in case of an emergency is necessary.

Using such a safety tool is particularly important in organizations with more complex requirements, such as a large number of workers or employees working outside of regular business hours (after-hours shifts). Many regions, including many Canadian provinces, have regulations governing lone workers, and failure to meet those regulations can have severe repercussions.

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Protecting Lone Workers with GPS Technology

“The traditional method of mobile lone worker accountability has been the check-in method where either the worker or the supervisor is responsible for the check-in at timed intervals,” explains Dan Smith of Grace Industries. GPS technology can assist and improve this process.

Smith describes how a GPS safety monitoring system works: “The Grace Mobile Lone Worker (MLW) Solution provides immediate notification when a worker encounters distress and checks-out. The worker has the ability to manually activate an intrinsically safe panic alarm button or an automatic motion sensing alarm when incapacitated. The alarm is transmitted up to one mile line-of-sight to a Geotab-equipped vehicle.”

“The GPS coordinates of the worker are processed by the cellular GO7 and an email notification with geocoded address and map link is sent to an assigned monitor. When the vehicle is out of range of the cellular system, the Geotab Iridium Satellite modem (IOX-SATIRDv2) provides an alarm notification with the location of the vehicle.”

Safety Solutions for Lone Workers

The Grace Mobile Lone Worker GPS Safety Monitoring system integrates with the Geotab GO7 GPS vehicle tracking device. The Grace Mobile Lone Worker add-ons provide employers with an easy way to track and monitor their lone workers, built into their existing Geotab system.

These add-ons include a vehicle-mounted transceiver and a worker-worn monitor. The worker is free to perform their activities within a mile of the vehicle, and if assistance is needed can signal for help.
“Man-Down” alert signals are reported directly to MyGeotab and can be configured, in the same way as other MyGeotab alerts, to notify supervisors by email or SMS.

Pairing lone worker monitors with the Geotab product allows supervisors to access these important notifications in the same place they manage fuel data, vehicle tracking, fleet safety, and compliance notifications, and all the other powerful information gathered and reported by the GO7 device and connected IOX expansions.

The risks associated with employees working in isolation are high and employers need to take every precaution to ensure their safety. Safety monitoring systems such as Grace Mobile’s Lone Worker Add-Ons allow employers to meet their responsibilities, and most importantly, help protect workers.
Driver safety is incredibly important at Geotab, and we strive to provide the tools and technology to keep drivers safe in all situations.

Contact Geotab to learn more about ways to keep your employees safe, or leave a comment below.

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Grace Mobile Lone Worker Extended Vehicle Panic Alarm + Satellite – The Mobile Lone Worker GPS Safety Monitoring from Grace Industries is a high performance wireless personal alert safety system capable of send panic alarms with the GPS position of the vehicle. Limitless applications, used in any industry to satisfy an employer’s responsibility in compliance with Lone Worker regulation; examples include, utility workers, HVAC, remote service repair.

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