New app helps keep lone workers safe

StaySafe, a safety solutions provider, has partnered with location technology company, what3words, to help companies respond to incidents more effectively.

StaySafe’s lone working app enables employers to quickly and easily locate lone workers in an emergency and send immediate help.

With the new what3words integration, employers can communicate the precise location of their lone workers to emergency responders easily and accurately – using just three words.

In an emergency, identifying precisely where help is needed is critical.

If lone workers suffer injuries or face aggression whilst at work, their employers may be unaware and therefore unable to help.

Employees are able to start a timed session in the app before they begin a period of lone work or travel.

The app then gives employers visibility of the location and safety status of lone workers during a period of lone work or travel and allows them to check-in safely once they have finished this session.

If an employee fails to check-in safely during a session or raises a panic alert in the app, monitoring agents, either within the organisation or at an external monitoring service, will be immediately alerted.

They will quickly verify the alert and dispatch the appropriate assistance to the employee.

Emergencies can happen anywhere from the rural mountains of Scotland to outside Wembley Stadium.

what3words has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and given each one a unique address – made up of three words from the dictionary.

With the new integration, monitors can give the exact what3words address to emergency responders and help will be sent to that precise 3m x 3m square.

The company says that in the UK, many emergency services have the what3words app deployed onto team devices so officers on the ground and first responders can use it to get directions to any precise 3m square efficiently.

Chris Sheldrick, CEO of what3words:

“Growing up on a farm, the fact that we had no way to describe an exact location troubles me to this day.

“What if a fire had broken out in a barn or if someone was caught in running machinery?

“It’s extremely reassuring to know that people working alone or in remote locations can tell emergency services exactly where help is needed fast enough to prevent extensive damage or avoidable injury.”


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  1. Robert_May

    Great use of what3words, well done Chris.


    the  crm ‘expansion card’ of the thing I’ve been requested not to mention has what3words and UPRN so it’s nice to see another use of the tech.We’re using it to help applicants get to viewings and  helping surveyors get to valuations, its not switched on yet as not a lot of people understand the usefulness of it. Your system and article will help that!


    It’s probably worth suggesting that the  square  where the front door is as a good standard to adopt, getting people to the right front door is the main issue with applicant not turning up to viewings.

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    1. Robert_May

       Some people will hate this but  it is coping with places Google hasn’t mapped

  2. Bungalow

    This is a great idea. I also grew up on farm and I can immediately see the benefits in rural locations but I’ve also found myself in worrying situations in or on the way to meetings in the rougher parts of large Cities.


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