How to Support Lone Worker Safety with Kwant

March 19, 2024
7 min
How to Support Lone Worker Safety with Kwant

Construction sites are highly dynamic environments where worker falls, slips, and trips are common occurrences. In the event of an accident or emergency, lone workers may not have immediate access to assistance, making it essential to have safety devices that can quickly summon help. To ensure workers are safe when alone on the jobsite, it's crucial to have a robust solution in place.

Lone worker monitoring devices and systems such as Kwant, are emerging as reliable tools for enhancing safety and productivity on construction sites.

What is lone worker safety?

Lone working in construction is when employees are performing alone or away from everyone. This can be very dangerous because in case there is an accident or incident, no one may be around to help. Lone workers in construction puts owners and general contractors in some dangerous positions.  

What is a lone worker safety device?

A lone worker safety device is a piece of technology that is designed to protect individuals who work alone or in remote locations. These devices typically allow users to quickly signal for help in case of an emergency, such as a medical issue, accident, or security threat. These devices often feature features like GPS tracking, two-way communication, and automatic fall detection to ensure the safety of lone workers.

Kwant offers smart badges and wearables that support both proactive and reactive worker safety features, especially for lone worker safety. These features are real-time monitoring, fall detection, SOS alerting, near-miss detection, and geofencing capabilities, allowing for real-time insights, alerts, and analytics. 

smart badge for lone worker safety

What is a lone worker monitoring system?

A lone worker monitoring system is a solution designed to track and protect individuals who work alone or in isolation. It typically includes a combination of devices, such as smartphones, wearable devices, or dedicated lone worker devices, along with software and communication infrastructure.

These systems allow employers to monitor the safety and well-being of their lone workers in real-time. They often feature features like location tracking, allow check-ins, contain panic SOS buttons, and provide automatic alerts in case of emergencies. Lone worker monitoring systems help employers comply with safety regulations and provide peace of mind to both employers and employees.

Unlocking real-time monitoring

Real-time monitoring significantly enhances lone worker safety on construction sites by providing immediate awareness of worker locations and activities. Supervisors can track workers in real time, ensuring they are safe and accounted for, especially in hazardous areas. In emergencies, such as accidents or health issues, real-time monitoring enables quick response and assistance. 

Workforce monitoring allows supervisors to identify potential risks or unsafe practices and intervene promptly, reducing the likelihood of accidents and injuries. Overall, real-time monitoring plays a crucial role in improving lone worker safety on construction sites by enabling proactive supervision and rapid response to emergencies.

Unlocking fall detection & alerts

Fall detection uses sensor technology to detect when a person falls or trips within a workplace. This form of technology is commonly used with wearable devices such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, and smart badges to monitor the event of a fall. 

When a person falls, their body experiences a sudden / rapid change in motion and direction. Fall detection solutions like Kwant can catch these movements under or over 6ft. There are two primary categories of fall detection systems: active and passive. Active systems employ sensors to detect falls in real-time, while passive systems utilize algorithms to analyze sensor data, such as accelerometer data, to identify patterns that suggest a fall.

Fall detection systems are commonly used within construction sites that require workers to build in high places, typically vertical projects. Because construction sites can be very loud, there needs to be a proactive and reactive safety solution in place that can work around the noise.

The benefits of fall detection devices are as follows:

  • Kwant’s fall detection can automatically alert management contacts when a lone worker experiences a fall. This rapid response can be life-saving.
  • Prompts detection and provides real-time notification that can ensure that medical assistance is provided quickly, potentially reducing the severity of injuries and improving outcomes.
  • Kwant’s fall detection includes GPS or location tracking features. This enables responders to pinpoint the exact location of the lone worker, which is crucial in remote or hazardous environments where access may be limited.

Unlocking near-miss detection & alerts

Near-miss detection plays a crucial role in enhancing lone worker safety by providing an early warning system for potential hazards. Many times construction teams can work in dangerous heights along the edges of buildings, having a system in place to alert when a worker is near the edge, or by a moving vehicle is a great way to be proactive in preventing accidents.

Here's how Near-miss alerts help:

  • Kwant’s near-miss detection can alert lone workers to potential dangers before accidents occur, giving them time to take evasive action or mitigate risks.
  • By analyzing near-miss incidents, organizations can identify patterns and trends, allowing them to assess and address underlying risks proactively.
  • Near-miss incidents can help foster a safety culture within an organization.

Unlocking SOS alerting

Kwant’s easy-to-use smart badges also offer SOS alerts that greatly support lone worker safety by providing an instant means of communication in emergencies. With a simple press of a button, lone workers can quickly summon help from supervisors or emergency services, ensuring prompt assistance in critical situations such as accidents or health crises. 

The benefits of these SOS alerts include rapid response times, which can be life-saving in hazardous environments or when immediate medical attention is needed. These safety alerts help mitigate risks by providing lone workers with a sense of security and confidence, knowing that help is just a button press away.

Unlocking geo-fencing 

Geo-fencing with smart badges by Kwant can significantly enhance lone worker safety by creating virtual boundaries around hazardous areas or restricted zones. When a lone worker equipped with a smart badge enters or exits these predefined areas, the system triggers alerts, notifying supervisors or safety personnel in real time. 

The features that come from Kwant’s smart badges ensures that lone workers are aware of their proximity to potential hazards and enables supervisors to quickly intervene or provide assistance if needed. By effectively managing and monitoring lone worker movements, Geo-fencing with smart badges improves safety, reduces the risk of accidents, and enhances overall workplace security.

Next step to support lone worker safety with Kwant

Construction companies that choose Kwant to support lone worker safety on construction sites because of its comprehensive approach to safety using smart badges and a workforce management solution. Kwant's smart badges offer real-time monitoring, SOS alerts, and Geo-fencing features, ensuring that lone workers are safe and accounted for in hazardous environments. 

The workforce management solution provides tools for efficient scheduling, task assignment, and communication, enhancing overall safety and productivity. By integrating these technologies, Kwant provides construction companies with a holistic solution for lone worker safety, improving response times to emergencies and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Kwant's user-friendly interface makes it easy for companies to implement and manage workforce safety effectively, ultimately reducing risks and enhancing the well-being of their lone workers.

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