U.S. companies shell out close to $60 billion each year to cover workplace injuries where employees miss six or more days of work. It is no wonder that tech companies are opting to help find ways to improve workplace safety. Technology focused on improving safety conditions for employees and their health is getting better each year. But when people think about technology in the workplace they typically think about improving workers’ productivity. Employers are starting to embrace new technology, such as virtual reality, wearables, and drones.
Virtual Reality (VR)
This technology replicates physical environments while simultaneously presenting training opportunities for employees. VR also allows workers to simulate hazardous tasks and identify safety needs. As the technology matures in this area, additional benefits will be uncovered.
Used for more than just personal fitness, wearables, or wearable devices, offer real-time monitoring of workers’ vital signs and can send alert the operator if any environmental dangers present. An added bonus to employers is that wearables can provide an idea of what may have caused an employee’s injury before filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Sending drones into high-hazard areas in place of humans allows workers to safely assess the damage and plan the emergency response. Additionally, drones can be used for commercial building or rooftop inspections.
These technologies have provided companies a way to overhaul the way they not only interact with each other and their workers but also how they keep themselves and their employees safe.
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