Within the Water Treatment and the Silk Cutting departments of Glatfelter’s Lydney site, Pete Ashworth, their Safety Advisor, noted that worker incidents in these locations had the potential to go unseen for a significant time before assistance could be provided. Castle Group Ltd were called upon to implement Blackline’s Lone Working System, the Loner, a rugged mobile phone sized device which clips a person’s belt.
Glatfelter assigned the devices to their workers in these locations, so that incidents including falls, no motion activity, emergency alarms and silent alarms are equipped to ensure assistance can be provided as soon as it’s required. Glatfelter decided to test the functionality of their new system by carrying out a mock scenario of an incident in one of the locations concerned. A fall was staged and efforts were made to mask the mock scenario with torn clothing and fake wounds applied using makeup.
Pete Ashworth, Safety Advisor of Glatfelter, explains, “Early on there may have been some resistance and some concern that ‘big brother’ was watching, but our team members understand that working alone in the early morning, dark hours or in un-populated areas of the facility makes them vulnerable.”.