Technology has helped improve so many different parts of everyday life, from how people communicate to how New Jersey drivers safely travel. Now, some experts believe technology could be the key to minimizing the number of workplace injuries and fatalities. Kinetic — a startup for wearable tech — even recently secured $11.25 million for further developing its plans to protect workers.
In 2018, 5,250 workers suffered fatal work-related injuries — 2% higher than in the year previous. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many, many more workers also suffer serious and even life altering injuries each and every year. Common risk factors for on-the-job injuries include:
- Lifting heavy items
- Reaching overhead
- Pushing or pulling heavy items
- Repetitive tasks
Kinetic has designed a device that can be fastened to warehouse and industrial employees’ waistbands while at work. The device actively detects activities that can cause injury and stores the information, making it accessible for employers and employees. The goal is to create a database that can help explain the root causes of injuries. The information can also help employers may changes to prevent future injuries.
The presence of this new technology makes one thing very clear — workers still face a lot of risks while on the job. Workplace injuries threaten the livelihoods of hardworking men and women in New Jersey, so getting the right help is important. This is often best accomplished through the workers’ compensation system, which provides essential benefits for lost wages and medical bills.