Suffering a work injury can be both painful and distressing. While injured workers in Minnesota can seek workers’ compensation benefits to help support them while they recover, it is still critical to prevent work injuries and accidents in the first place.
Efforts to prevent work injuries often come from workplace safety training, ergonomic resources as well as compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules.
However, this age of technology has brought many other safety measures to benefit workers too.
Tech playing a large role in workplace safety
In the last few years, wearable technology has become an increasingly helpful and valuable resource in workplace safety measures. These wearable devices are becoming more and more common. They are a new reality in many industries and essentially act as another item of personal protective equipment (PPE).
One of the newest devices created by Soter Analytics specifically targets the prevention of shoulder and back injuries in the workplace – in short, two of the most common injuries that workers suffer across all industries. And according to recent reports, this particular device can help reduce roughly 55% of manual handling injuries.
How does the tech work?
Workers would wear the device and go about their normal workday. While they work, the device will:
- Monitor the worker’s movements for overexertion, repetitive stress or other dangers
- Alert workers with vibration and noise if it detects any hazardous movements
- Link with an app and, with artificial intelligence, help provide training so workers can understand and avoid risky movements
The device could workers with a warning in real-time and help prevent workplace accidents.
Back and shoulder injuries are some of the most common injuries resulting from the most common accidents in the workplace. These are also the injuries that pose the highest danger to workers. They can lead to several days out of work and long-lasting effects that could impede one’s ability to work even long after the injury heals.
However, as wearable technology becomes more common in the workplace, it is possible that the risk of these injuries could become less and less common in the future.