The Incredible Cost Savings of Lone Worker Safety Monitoring Devices
Aside from providing employers with a simple and effective way to achieve regulatory safety compliance, lone worker safety monitoring devices (also known as employee safety monitoring devices) are an excellent way to reduce operational costs within a business. Potential savings resulting from the deployment of a lone worker safety monitoring solution come from several areas:
- Reduction of time spent manually checking in with a cell phone and eliminate the need for the so-called “buddy system”
- Elimination of operational down-time caused when performing a search for a missing or injured worker
- Avoidance of penalties resulting from negligence or failure to provide duty-of-care
- Savings on insurance premiums
In addition to these direct savings, other indirect and immeasurable benefits such as improved employee morale and operational effectiveness and improved corporate image and public relations due to compliance with regulations can be gained by business that choose to adopt these types of solutions.
Depending on the circumstances of your business and its operations, the savings associated with deploying a lone worker safety monitoring solution can be greater than the expense of purchasing the system and its ongoing service charges.
Reduction in Check-in Times
Savings vs. Phone-Based Check-in
When an employee checks in using a cell phone or radio, he or she must stop they are doing, and perform the check-in. Depending on the system used, this check-in may take anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. In addition, employees may be tempted to check emails or text messages as well, losing an additional few minutes of productivity. A single employee who spends only a minute checking in every hour loses 32 hours of time checking in each year (based on 8 check-ins and 241 work days per year). Can your business afford to give its employees an extra 4 days off each year?
With a proper lone worker safety monitoring device, check-ins that used to take a minute or longer only take two seconds to perform. The worker’s person-worn device will beep, indicating that it is time to check-in and with a quick and simple press of the emergency latch, the check-in is complete without losing precious productivity. From a cost savings perspective, this benefit alone is enough to more than enough to pay for the cost of deploying and maintaining the system.
Food for Thought:
The example above was for a worker who spends only a minute checking in every hour. How much does it cost your business if your employees spend 2 minutes checking in? Your employees break their workflow when they check-in. How much time do they need to get back into their original workflow?
Savings vs. the “Buddy System”
Would you double the wages of all your employees? When you implement a buddy system, you are paying double the labor expense to perform the same amount of work. Additionally, your employees may become more complacent about safety knowing that a second person is there. In the event of a catastrophic event such as an explosion or a gas leak, both “buddies” may become incapacitated, rendering the system both expensive and useless.
With a lone worker monitoring device, a single worker can perform field operations knowing that in the event of an emergency, big or small, an instant alert will be sent to safety monitoring personnel faster than a buddy could have called it in.
Elimination of Operational Down-times
When an employee goes missing, businesses usually divert a significant amount of resources towards mounting a search effort. This search may involve halting operations within a facility and having all personnel commence a sweep until the injured or missing person is found. In this case, time that could have spent maintaining productivity is lost as workers aimlessly search around for their missing colleague.
With a lone worker safety monitoring device equipped on all personnel, managers can instantly find an injured employee with precision, even when he or she is located indoors (See Blackline Moves Employee Safety Monitoring Indoors). This enables an immediate response without requiring the entire facility to shut down and help with the search. Depending on your business, avoiding a work stoppage can save millions of dollars in lost time and opportunity.
Avoidance of Financial Penalties
Most regions have legislation mandating fines and penalties for failing to meet specific regulations surrounding the safety of employees. Typically, levying of these penalties is based on whether or not a business has done everything in its power to provide a safe working environment for its employees. By deploying a lone worker monitoring solution, businesses often meet or exceed regional legislation, reducing the chances of receiving a citation based on inability to respond to an emergency.
Savings on Insurance Premiums
By implementing a better method of discovering and responding to safety emergencies, businesses can often receive a benefit on their insurance or worker’s compensation premiums. Check with your insurance or worker’s compensation body to see if any discount can be received for implementing a lone worker safety solution.
Cost Savings as a Business Case for Lone Worker Safety Monitoring
Determining whether or not your business can realize any or all of these cost savings can be an important step in getting buy-in from some stakeholders. If your business can provide better safety monitoring to its employees, achieve greater compliance with safety legislation, AND save money on its operations, there is no reason not to consider deploying a lone worker safety monitoring solution.