Man Down Alarm
What are Man Down alarms?
Man Down systems are devices that detect falls or impact, and send a Man Down alert to an external monitor. There are a number of Man Down alarm options available today, from mobile apps to wearable technology.
A Man Down system is a great solution for those working in environments where slips, trips, and falls are a risk, anyone suffering from a medical condition, and those at risk of physical attacks. Man Down systems are a particularly important tool for lone workers who may be unable to alert someone if they suffer a fall, are knocked unconscious and are unable to make a phone call. Man Down systems are also able to detect periods of inactivity, which can indicate an issue.
Man down systems not only protect employees, but also show how committed you, as an employer, are to keeping lone workers safe.
Why should employers provide Man Down alarms?
OSHA requires employers to account for lone workers, Man Down alarms are an essential tool if there is an accident or emergency. In an event that stops your lone worker from communicating through normal channels, a Man Down alarm will quickly alert you to the problem and get help sooner.
Under OSHA’s guidelines, companies who employ lone workers must account for each employee:
- throughout each work shift at regular intervals appropriate to the job assignment to ensure the employee’s safety and health; and
- at the end of the job assignment or at the end of the workshift, whichever occurs first
There is a key requirement under a risk assessment to list actions to deal with risks and hazards for workers. The best way to fulfil employer obligations is to provide an effective man down alarm, especially for lone workers.
What are the benefits of a Man Down system?
Slips, trips and falls remain the biggest cause of workplace accidents across many industries around the world – accounting for 49% of all non-fatal workplace injuries. Whether falling from a height or tripping on wiring and other hazards, falls can cause serious injury to your employees and can even be fatal.
Knowing when an incident has occurred and sending immediate medical assistance can be the difference between a minor injury and a life changing one. But what if your employees work alone or out of sight? How can they raise an alarm if they are injured? Man Down systems and lone worker devices are becoming an increasingly popular solution for organizations potentially facing such situations.
Implementing a lone worker Man Down system can help organizations to protect the safety of their lone workers and meet their legal duty of care.
When does a lone worker need a Man Down alarm?
Lone workers come across the same hazards as other employees, yet the risk is further increased, as any hazard faced is faced alone.
What are the main types of lone worker hazards?
How do Man Down systems work?
Man Down devices will usually work through the use of an accelerometer or Man Down sensor. They may detect a change in position, a lack of movement or a sudden impact. When one of these is detected, a notification can be sent to the lone worker’s employer to signal that they need assistance.
Wearable Man Down Devices
StaySafe offers a Man Down device in the form of the V.BTTN, a small wearable button that can be worn in a variety of ways, including around the wrist. The V.BTTN works using an accelerometer which detects a fall followed by an impact. When a fall is detected by the device, the StaySafe app will notify the relevant monitors so that they can respond accordingly and ensure the lone worker receives the support they need.
Lone Worker Man Down App
Apps work in a slightly different way to wearable devices in that they detect non-movement rather than impact.
The StaySafe app utilizes smartphone accelerometers to detect periods of non-movement. If the device does not move for 10 minutes, a non-movement alert will be sent to the monitor, allowing them to check on the person’s safety and send assistance if necessary.
Who could benefit from a Man Down system?
Remote and Lone Workers
With 28% of non-fatal injuries being caused by slips, trips and falls, anyone working alone or out in the field could benefit from using a Man Down system.
The hazards associated with falls are not only common but often uncontrollable for those working away from a fixed work base.
Many lone workers enter client homes, construction zones, and travel between meetings. While training can be given on identifying and removing fall hazards when entering a new environment, it is not always practical to do so.
Both Man Down devices and apps can be useful in such situations depending on the level of risk.
Working at Height
Falls from height remain the biggest cause of workplace fatalities. Due to the high risk involved, all possible steps should be taken by the business to prevent falls from occurring. However, if an employee does suffer a fall, Man Down alarms will ensure someone is alerted immediately.
When working at height, it is important to have a Man Down system that detects fall and impact rather than just non-movement.
For employees with a known medical condition, a Man Down system is essential to alert you if they fall unconscious or are unable to move. In these situations, a Man Down app that detects non-movement may be the best option, as not all medical emergencies involve a fall.
In Areas of Low Signal
Man Down alarm systems need a cellular signal to send an alert. If your employees operate in areas of cell phone blackspots, StaySafe’s low signal mode allows the cell phone app to send non-movement alerts over an SMS signal.
If you are interested in any of StaySafe’s lone worker Man Down solutions, get in touch and we will help to find the right option for you.
What are the types of Man Down alarm?
Personal panic alarms
As well as having a Man Down alarm, it is important for at-risk employees including lone workers to be equipped with personal panic alarms. Personal panic alarms allow employees to raise an alarm any time they feel at risk or are in need of assistance.
Mobile safety alarms
The great thing about mobile safety alarms such as lone worker apps is that they offer much more than just a non-movement alert. The StaySafe app also works as a GPS tracking solution with panic options and missed check-in alerts. This means that someone will be alerted even in a non-fall related emergency.
Wearable lone working technology from StaySafe
The StaySafe solution has been specifically developed to overcome the wide range of lone worker challenges. Lone workers are covered in the event of a fall, confrontation, injury or medical emergency.
The main features of the app include:
- timed sessions
- check-in intervals
- panic button
- discreet panic
- non-movement detection
- duress PIN
- low signal mode
When paired with our low-cost wearable device, the StaySafe solution provides a reliable way to raise an alert in the event of a fall. The device can be worn around the wrist or clipped to clothing for easy access, and can even be used to check-in or raise a panic alarm.
Man Down alarm FAQs
Man Down alarms are shown in the StaySafe hub. You can either run the hub in-house, use an external partner or a combination of the two. When an alarm is triggered, the lone worker location is shown in the hub, and following your company escalation policy you can open two-way communication with your worker in distress and get help to them.
Man Down alarms are best used in situations where a lone worker cannot use the normal channels to raise an alarm. Lone workers at greater risk of slips, trips, or falls, as well as those at greater risk of physical attack, or with medical conditions will benefit from a system that automatically detects a fall, impact, or non-movement. Falls and impacts set off an immediate alert, non-movement alarms can be configured for a set time i.e. after 15 minutes.
Through the wearable V.BTTN, Man Down alerts are automatically sent to the Hub when a session is active. If a lone worker has an impact or is inactive for a long period of time, an alarm will be raised in the hub. The V.BTTN also serves as a wearable panic button which can be discreetly worn and activated by lone workers.
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