We can all agree workplace safety is an essential aspect of any work environment. All workers should feel safe while performing their jobs, no matter what the profession entails. While safety should be a top priority, unfortunately it isn’t always. Some workplaces skimp on safety training or equipment, which can present serious risks for workers, especially in the construction and manufacturing industries. Shortcomings like these lead to tragic consequences for workers. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), roughly 5,147 workers died on the job in 2017.
Though safety problems still persist, fortunately many improvements in safety laws, regulations, and policies have evolved over the years in order to curb workplace dangers. We now also have technology on our side to ensure the safety of organizations and their employees. While safety technology has certainly evolved and improved the wellbeing and productivity of many employees, some question whether or not digital safety measures are presenting new hazards in the workplace.
Latest Safety Technology in the Workplace
The need for procedural progression and general enhanced safety in the workplace is clear. Many employers are starting to embrace this need with new technology, including:
Drones– Organizations and employers are using drones instead of humans to assess damage in high-hazard areas, to observe productivity in manufacturing environments, and even to spot safety violations within their workplaces.
Safety Apps– Some agencies are requiring employees to create safety checklists on safety apps on mobile devices while performing their jobs, in order to identify and record any hazards they observe, and/or to take photos and record footage if necessary.
Wearable Devices– Many employers are encouraging wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, in order to provide real-time monitoring of an employee’s health and vital signs. The devices can help alert workers when health risks or dangers are present.
Virtual Reality– Virtual reality is being used as a training tool, so workers can immerse themselves in a realistic work environment and simulate high-risk situations without the life-threatening consequences.
Is It Helping?
While these ideas are great in theory, and data has even proven some developments do help to keep workers safe, some new workplace technologies are also presenting new dangers. The buzzing of drones, the use of safety apps, and more technology has been a distraction at times.
It seems implementing new technology can be not only a huge waste of money but also a huge risk if workplaces aren’t utilizing it properly. Before diving into the use of new technology, employers should improve internal safety processes and training as a first step. Once complete, then they can identify weaknesses that still exist and address them head on. Highlighting the dangers and risks employees face and working on a plan to improve them will truly help keep employees’ safety and lives intact.
Workplace Injury Help
If you or a loved one has already faced a workplace injury due to the negligence of an employer or company, we can help. Contact the workplace injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.