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Rain weather warnings – employer advice for lone working staff

We are experiencing one of the wettest Junes in recent years, with more rain forecast for this week. The last few weeks have seen (near) continuous rain and gloomy weather across the UK, with flood warnings and advisories issued across the isles. The recent rainy weather has called a halt to picnics on the beach, BBQs and garden parties. However, the bad weather doesn’t just put a downer on summer recreational activities, there can be much more serious consequences, especially for lone workers.

With already more than 90 flood warnings in place throughout Scotland, the North East, North West, and Northern Wales – weather forecasters are continuing to predict dangerous weather for the UK. According to the Met Office, on June 13th, villages in Northumberland saw nearly 1cm of rainfall within just one hour, with a total of 7.3cm falling within 28 hours. This came as a surprise for village residents, as the predicted amount of rainfall for their Northumberland village is about 6cm for the entire month of June.

The extensive damage caused by rain and standing water affects buildings, roads and transportation infrastructure. Many Britons have evacuated their homes and temporarily moved to safer locations. Additionally, a number of railway tracks have flooded over in various places including Lincolnshire and Warwickshire causing indefinite cancellations and disruptions. The heavy rain also has a dangerous effect on drivers; in Nottingham alone, 18 drivers have needed rescuing from flooded roads. In North Wales, a family of four (including two children) had to be rescued from a car trapped down a flooded road.

The treacherous weather across the UK is particularly concerning for lone workers and drivers. Because lone workers often operate in remote working conditions, the flooding has a deeper impact on their day-to-day tasks. Surface water flooding and blocked roads mean lone workers are at an increased risk while trying to travel to job sites. Secondly, the unpredictability associated with the rapid amount of rainfall means that roads may appear clear and dry when a job starts but become flooded within a short period of time leaving the lone worker stranded.

StaySafe provides a quick and easy way to protect lone workers during bad weather.

The intuitive safety app monitors the location of lone workers in real-time and allows them to check-in safely once they have finished a lone working or travel session. They also have the ability to press a panic button if they are in danger. When they are running a session in the app, their GPS location visible in an online Hub, allowing managers to view their location in real time. If they fail to check in safely, alerts are triggered immediately allowing you to take action.  This means you don’t need to rely on diaries and phone calls to keep staff safe.

While using the StaySafe app, lone workers can also detail any adverse weather conditions at their location using the notes functionality. They can continue to edit these notes throughout their job session, meaning the employer is consistently reassured of the lone worker’s safety and the status of the on-site weather and can take appropriate action if the worker faces any danger.

In cases where flood waters have affected mobile networks, StaySafe also provides protection in low and no signal situations. When a user has a very weak signal and is unable to access data, the app automatically converts to SMS fallback – meaning the app uses 2G signal to maintain connectivity with the monitoring Hub.

While we’re all wishing for the speedy arrival of a sunny summer, it is beneficial to always be prepared for different types of weather events and disasters. If you think you could be better protecting your staff, get in touch with our team to arrange a demonstration more about StaySafe and its features.

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