Workers in North Carolina should know that every industry comes with its own hazards. While some people may not have to face the risk of radiation exposure or pinch point injuries, they may still be at risk for trips, slips and falls. The fact that so many hazards are unforeseeable partly explains why workplace accidents are so frequent. Every day around the world, more than 1,000 workers die on the job, and every minute, over 500 are injured.
However, a software startup based in Des Moines, Iowa, may have a method for improving workplace safety. MākuSafe specializes in wearable technology and has developed a wearable band for workers. This device records environmental and motion data, automatically reporting any near misses and hazardous injuries and transmitting all the information to a cloud platform. Here the data is made consumable for the benefit of workplace safety managers. The platform is even able to identify unsafe areas and trends.
Using this information, managers can implement whatever safety measures are required, such as the setting up of safety equipment and supplies. The data can also streamline the investigation process for workers' compensation claims and reduce downtime after an accident. Insurance agents may also find MākuSafe technology to be an asset as they strive to implement risk control strategies and prevent customer attrition.
While the technology could help prevent workplace accidents, it will not completely eliminate them. Even when worker safety is not put in jeopardy, employees can still incur injuries through their own negligence. Injured individuals can still receive compensation through the workers' comp program, though the amount will necessarily cover only medical expenses and a percentage of their lost wages. Victims can hire a lawyer, who can help prove that the accident was work-related. Should the claim be denied, an attorney could proceed to the appeals process on their behalf.