Working alone

A person is alone at work when they cannot be seen or heard by another person and when they do not expect a visit from another person for some time.

These workers face risks associated with working away from other people and settlements.

People who work alone may include people who work:

  • where there are no other workers;
  • when everyone else has gone home
  • inspecting large structures such as cranes, when nobody else is close by;
  • cleaning offices in high rise buildings outside normal business hours;
  • as rangers in parks and reserves; and,
  • inspecting vacant land for fire.

Risks associated with working alone may be increased by the:

  • length of time the person may be working alone;
  • time of day when a person may be working alone;
  • lack of communication tools such as a telephone;
  • location of the work; and,
  • skills and character of the person who is to work alone.

To reduce the risk of injury or harm to the health and safety of workers, a person conducting a business or undertaking should provide enough information, instruction and training for people who work alone. It is also essential that the worker knows the work well and the work procedures that should be followed.

Watch WorkSafe ACT's video on working alone

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