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Six out 10 nurses who visit patients in homes verbally abused in past two years
January 05, 2012 - By Denis Campbell, The Guardian

A poll by the Royal College of Nursing has found that 11% of nurses who work alone on home visits have been assaulted and 6 out of 10 have been verbally abused.

Some reasons cited for these figures is that there is a growing number of cases nurses have to deal with as well as there being an increase in substance abuse by patients.

There are around 100,000 lone workers who work for the NHS and of those 40,000 have alarms, which are directly linked to a call centre to call the Police if necessary.
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NHS campaign in Wales to stop abusive patients
December 16, 2011 - By BBC News

The Welsh government are backing an NHS zero tolerance campaign aimed at preventing attacks on health workers.

Lone workers have been given panic buttons and additional CCTV has been installed in A&E's and ambulances.

Since April 2010, there have "been nearly 200 successful prosecutions" in Wales of members of the public who have attacked or abused health workers.
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Fisherman deaths report calls for safety improvements
November 03, 2011 - By BBC News

The death of 2 lone fishermen has highlighted the need for improved safety measures for singled-handed fishing operations.

Both men were creel fishermen and it is believed they were both dragged overboard when pulling in the rope used to catch the creels.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has said that 'credible advice on safe working' is needed so that lone fishermen have adequate training on what to do in an emergency.
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Mother callís for answers on sonís death at chemical lab
November 02, 2011 - By Kiran Randhawa & Mark Blunden, London Evening Standard

A genecist, 32-year-old Damian Bowen, 'who worked at the HIV research centre attached to Chelsea and Westminster hospital' was found dead after working alone at night.

An inquest into his death is being conducted at Westminster cornor's court after there was a "suspected chemical leak".

Mr Bowen worked with "highly dangerous chemicals" but it is unclear why he was left alone for such a long period time as nobody checked on him 8.15pm to 6.30am.
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Royal Mailís Wales safety drive after 216 dog attacks
July 05, 2011 - By BBC News

Over 200 Royal Mail staff were injured in Wales by dogs in 2010, which resulted in more than 300 days of sick leave.

The Royal Mail has set up a safety campaign within Wales to encourage dog owners to keep their pets under control whilst their staff do their jobs.

Within the whole of the UK, there were 4,200 dog attacks on post men and women in 2010, highlighting the issue of safety for these lone workers.
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Mohammed Arshadís colleagues say they are still nervous after murder
April 06, 2011 - By Sitala Peek, BBC News

Mohammed Arshad, a taxi driver, was murdered in the Worcestershire area after picking up Andrew Bayliss, who couldn't afford the fare.

This has left many of the other drivers working in the area, very nervous and the laws surrounding the attacks on taxi drivers have come into question.

It has been said that the laws are too leniant and that taxi drivers are defenceless. After the death of Mr Arshad the West Midlands Taxi Forum was set up by police "to promote driver safety".
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HSE Ė Working alone
By the Health and Safety Executive

The HSE has produced a leaflet aimed at employers to provide information and advice about their lone workers.

They express the need to carry out a risk assessment to protect lone workers.

Useful information about who lone workers are and the types of jobs they can do is also provided.
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The Suzy Lamplugh Trust
By The Suzy Lamplugh Trust

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was formed after the disappearance of the estate agent of the same name in 1986.

Her disappearance highlighted the risk of lone workers and thus the trust was formed to raise awareness of these issues.

The website gives useful information about the change in laws regarding lone workers as well as safety tips for the workers themselves.
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Ensure the safety of lone workers
By Business Link

Business Link is a UK government website.

The lone worker section of the website covers all topics relating to lone workers.

Checklists are provided to assess the risks of lone workers as well as information on the different types of lone workers such as those who work from home and those who work remotely.
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Lone Worker
By Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry, giving an explanation as to what lone worker means.
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