When we think of lone workers, we often think of a particular type of job or profession. Many people, for instance, imagine a social worker making home visits or a tradesman working on-site. While lone working is more common in certain fields and industries, the truth is that lone workers come in all shapes and sizes, boast diverse backgrounds and operate in virtually all professional sectors.
A lone worker can be a cleaner in an office block, a delivery driver on their rounds, the foreman closing up the factory, the nurse visiting patients or the university researcher in the lab. In other words, there is no stereotypical lone worker.
Consequently, to generalise about lone workers is to ignore the unique context and circumstances in which employees operate and, as a result, to put them at risk. Lone workers need to be protected with precautionary measures specific to each individual.