App keeps isolated workers safe

Monday, 15 April, 2019

App keeps isolated workers safe

A new app aims to help ensure the safety of isolated workers, providing them with two-way communication and assistance when and where it’s needed.

Accidents can occur at any time, and this is a concern for workers who go eight to 12 hours without seeing another person. Security company owner Jonti Sarak developed the TeLoRa app, which stands for The Lonely Ranger, after a lone security guard passed away from a stroke during his shift. While Sarak originally drove between sites to personally check on guards, he realised this was not a practical solution.

TeLoRa automates this process by providing regular, automated check-ups, live GPS tracking and direct messaging. Also, if workers do not respond to a check-up, the employer and their incident managers are notified.

Other app features include final destination alerts, alerts when users leave a designated geofence (a preset GPS site boundary) and internal or external monitoring.

“All the app features came from consulting with my managers, and through testing with my team on the ground, who suggested features important to them. That was important to me, because we’re all very concerned about our team on the ground,” Sarak explained. “And companies have a legal, moral and ethical responsibility to make sure their isolated workers are safe.”

As well as security guards, the app is suitable for building managers, machine operators, delivery drivers, installation technicians and lone electricians.

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