Companies are under increasing pressure to guarantee the safety of their employees, but if lone-worker solutions are to make a difference, they need to be tailored to workers’ specific requirements, as Simon Creasey discovers
The lone-worker protection market is going from strength to strength at the moment, and it is anticipated to gain even more traction over the next couple of years. According to a report published by analyst firm Berg Insight earlier this year, the market for lone-worker protection solutions and services in Europe and North America will sky-rocket from €110m in 2017 to more than €260m in 2022.
The analyst company says the main drivers for this growth are occupational safety regulations, increasing employee insurance costs and a greater awareness of the risks associated with lone working.
It is a trend that Richard Iveson, business development manager at GlobalView Systems, has already detected. “We have seen an increase in the demand for lone-worker software since legislation [increased] the prison sentences for neglecting duty of care for employees, which encompasses lone worker,” confirms Iveson.
He is not alone. Other manufacturers and providers of lone-worker protection solutions are also detecting growing interest in their products, both from existing customers looking to upgrade systems and from new customers.
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