New app helps ensure safety of vulnerable employees

Professions that require employees to travel offsite regularly or irregular hours can face added occupational safety risks that can be difficult for management to prepare for.

Every October, Safe Work Australia Month is held to raise awareness of the importance of workplace and occupational safety. From 2013 to 2014, there were 106,565 serious workers’ compensation claims made* and tragically, 190 workers lost their lives while working in Australia in 2015.**

Workplace health and safety is of vital importance for all employees and employers, yet some professions face additional risks that can be difficult to prepare for. Fearless is a personal safety system that helps keep workers safe wherever they are. It is built for “lone workers” such as mobile staff, nurses, construction and salespeople.

Developed by Calamity, Fearless offers mobile protection to staff and helps businesses quickly comply with some of the toughest WHS requirements. It is accessible as a mobile app on smart phones. In a dangerous situation, or when staff fail to “check-in” as expected, an alarm can be raised through the app.

Calamity’s 24/7 monitoring centre is alerted and has access to the user’s location as well as using the phone for audio and camera evidence, allowing live operators to initiate a suitable response. The alarm can either be activated manually or automatically when a countdown timer reaches zero. The system is cloud-based so even if the phone is destroyed or stolen, the user can be protected.

Professions that require employees to travel offsite regularly or work irregular hours can face added occupational safety risks that can be difficult for management to prepare for. A survey of health professionals, teachers and police working in rural and remote Australia found that 57% had experienced verbal abuse from community members in the past 12 months and 21% had experienced physical violence.***

In situations that can compromise a person’s feeling of safety, such as finishing a nursing shift late at night or needing to visit a stranger’s house for an appointment, the app can offer peace of mind.

While travelling, Journey mode can be activated on the app, providing live updates to emergency contacts or employers if necessary. Meeting mode can be set for a potentially risky meeting or while alone. An alert is raised if a countdown timer reaches zero without being reset by the user. In situations where injury or personal immobilisation is a possibility, such as off-site construction, Man-Down is a function that offers additional protection by flagging any sudden deceleration, non-movement or impact.

The app has been purposefully built to assist in emergency situations and to dispatch help as quickly and efficiently as possible if needed. Businesses owners and managers feel at ease knowing that their staff are prepared for the worst case scenario or simple day to day risk.

“Fearless has far-reaching applications in so many workplace scenarios,” says Mr Daniel Lewkovitz, CEO of Calamity and designer of the app.

“It has been carefully constructed to ensure employers can comply with Work Health and Safety requirements and offers peace of mind to anyone who may feel unsafe in their personal or professional life. Fearless takes a proactive approach to safety, as users can switch it on before any potentially dangerous situation, such as travelling to a meeting, and it will let others know you arrived safely without anyone needing to remember to text their boss. The technology is the best on the market and this tool saves lives,” he said.

The Fearless app is available on iTunes and Google Play. RRP starts at $40 per month. For more information visit www.calamity.com.au/fearless-app/

* Safe Work Australia, Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics, 2013-2014

** Safe Work Australia, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/work-related-fatalities/pages/worker-fatalities

*** Working Safe, http://workingsafe.com.au/workplace-violence/

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