Lone workers operating in the Real Estate industry face potentially challenging situations, as they enter client homes alone, work late hours, carry out maintenance and may deal with sensitive situations, such as evictions. Such environments mean that employees in all areas of Real Estate can find themselves exposed to a range of environmental and interpersonal risk. Realtors in the US, for example, frequently meet with clients in unoccupied apartment complexes and communities as part of their sales process.
Working in locations away from the office which haven’t been risk assessed can expose employees to common workplace hazards such as slips, trips, falls and electrocution. Carrying out maintenance or construction work on properties comes with a range of potential hazards, especially when working on unstable structures, at height or when using heavy equipment or machinery.
- Road accidents when working alone
Travelling on the road is one of the greatest and most uncontrollable risks workers around the world face each day. Travel risks are not always immediately considered, yet many employees regularly spend time travelling between appointments and properties.
Unfortunately, violence and aggression does occur within the Real Estate industry, particularly for those in Real Estate who meet with clients alone and behind closed doors.
If a lone worker suffers a medical emergency such as a heart attack or fainting, receiving immediate support and alerting emergency services could prove difficult without nearby colleagues.