Warehouse workers continue to have some of the most dangerous jobs in the country, but one company is working on technology that may change that. One Million Metrics Corporation makes a wearable device called REFLEX, which is designed to reduce industrial and warehouse workplace injuries.
It attaches to a worker’s belt loop and vibrates when it detects unsafe movements or body positions. This can include when a person bends over too quickly or twists their body incorrectly.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we are happy that people are making this kind of technology to make the workplace safer, but we know that there are still too many preventable workplace injuries. Do you know what to do if you are hurt at work due to someone else’s negligence?
When you need a knowledgeable El Centro work injury attorney, we will be by your side, fighting to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that back injuries account for 38.5 percent of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders. They are by no means the only injury that workers experience.
The construction industry continues to lead the way when it comes to dangerous jobs, followed by the transportation industry and warehouse industries.
Workplace safety experts say that the top ten most serious workplace injuries, ones that cause employees to miss six or more days of work, are:
- Overexertion (lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing, etc.)
- Falls on the same level
- Falls to a lower level
- Struck by an object
- Other exertions
- Roadway incidents
- Slip or trip without a fall
- Caught in or compressed by equipment
- Struck against object
- Repetitive motion of microtasks
When it comes to workplace injuries, most people think of traumatic accidents while ignoring the smaller injuries that can cause just as much pain and medical expense. These include repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome as well as mental health illnesses that arise due to workplace conditions. These types of injuries are harder to diagnose as work-related and workers may have a harder time gaining coverage for them.
What You Can Do
What is the solution to stopping preventable accidents and deaths in the workplace? Is it wearable technology?
Maybe. But it will also take more awareness among both employers and workers.
If you are hurt at work due to another person’s negligence, you need to seek legal assistance. While workers’ compensation may cover some of your expenses, it may not cover all of them. If your injury happened due to the mistake of a third party, you may be eligible for different forms of compensation.
The knowledgeable and experienced team at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP is ready to help. When you need an El Centro work injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling our office. We will stop at nothing to ensure you are treated fairly and receive the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses.