Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, and they can be found in many working environments.
2010 – Mental Health Charity fined £30,000 with £20,000 costs after lone working employee was killed at work.
A mental health charity was found guilty of failing to protect a support worker who was stabbed to death during a home visit to a service user. The attacker, who had paranoid schizophrenia, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in October 2007. He was ordered to be detained indefinitely at a high-security mental health facility.
The charity admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which requires employers to ensure the “health, safety and welfare at work” of employees.
2013 – The trustees of a Borders estate were prosecuted and fined after a gamekeeper died following an accident involving a quad bike. His absence was not detected for 52 hours following the accident.
The main areas of health and safety law relevant to lone working are:
By James Murphy
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