Sorry this tale doesn't speak of cowboys or horses, there is no glamorizing working alone when it comes to landscaping, traditional farming or horticulture work. Often times, working alone is not by choice but rather, because there is no other reasonable alternative when seasons are short, days are long and assistance is scarce. While some tasks performed are inherently designed to be performed alone, using landscaping equipment or tractor operation for example, other tasks should intrinsically be done with others to improve the level of personal safety, as well as others'.
Working alone may result in injury, health impairment or victimization
through criminal violence or other adverse conditions. Employers
should provide and implement a plan to ensure, as far as reasonably
practical, safety of the worker from risks arising out of
workplace activities are prevented. This aside, consider your
day and the activities you perform. Now consider the number
and ways you work independently throughout your day. If mechanical
break down were to occur or operational assistance is required
who is able to assist you and by what means do you have of
communicating to them? Who would be able to assist you if
medical attention was required? Who would be able to provide,
first aid, CPR or call a paramedic, if by chance something
ill fated were to happen? Often times when we hear about accidents
related to landscape, agriculture or horticulture operations,
the circumstances could have considerably improved, if emergency
or even casual help was there to attend the needs of the victim
before the situation had escalated.
There are many feasible practices you can do everyday, which can benefit everyone, in your workplace. Control measures should include;
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