Lone working examples

This article gives examples of the types of lone workers to be found in industry to help you identify lone workers in your organisation.

March 8, 2023

The latest Office for National Statistics figures state there are currently over 32 million in employment as at February 2023 (employed and self-employed) and it is estimated at least 8 million of these are lone workers.

A lone worker is exposed to significant risk simply because they work alone. It is important you are able to identify lone workers in your organisation so you can manage their risks appropriately.

Read our article first to define what a lone worker is.

Lone workers are found in all industries and here are examples of lone workers so you can identify lone workers in your organisation:

Image of lone working forester inspecting tree.

Outdoor lone workers

  • Forestry and agriculture

    Foresters, timber harvesters, farmers, fishery managers

  • Environmental

    Ecologists, field based scientific researchers

  • Estates

    Estate managers, gardeners, gamekeepers

  • Transport and logistics

    Haulage drivers, postal staff and delivery drivers, bus and taxi drivers

  • Energy and waste

    Utility workers, water, waste and recycling workers

  • Infrastructure and construction

    Field based engineers, architects, building inspectors, any tradesperson working alone, site security guards

  • Recreation

    Workers managing parks and nature reserves, historic sites to adventurous activities and outdoor sports

Image of lone working pest control specialist.

Commercial lone workers

  • Property

    Estate agents, cleaners, security guards, pest control, trades and maintenance workers such as plumbers, electricians, decorators visiting domestic and commercial premises

  • Manufacturing

    Sales representatives, factory and warehouse workers

  • Retail

    Petrol station, kiosk or shop worker, volunteers

  • Science

    Laboratory workers, veterinary practitioners

  • Homeworkers

    In any industry

Image of lone working park maintenance worker.

Lone working in the community

  • Local authority

    Maintenance of the public built environment, parks, play areas and other outdoor facilities

  • Health

    Medical workers including district nurses, GPs, midwives

  • Social care

    Social workers, care workers, housing officers

  • Education

    Teachers, lecturers, tutors

  • Charity


How Trackplot can help

Many lone workers across a diverse range of sectors depend on Trackplot daily. Trusted by professionals, the lone workers we protect include environmental engineers, utilities inspection teams, foresters, bridge inspectors, pest control specialists, gamekeepers, TV location managers, timber harvesters, hauliers and hydropower planners.

Operating outdoors in rural and remote areas, often in challenging terrain and with limited or no mobile phone reception, these lone workers undertake a variety of tasks from protected species counts, electricity pylon maintenance, forest planning to fence and path maintenance.

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