Contractors are always looking for ways to decrease the frequency of workplace injuries that take place on their project sites. Workplace injuries derail projects and lead to costly fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Managing all of your workers with a close eye can be difficult, and accidents happen, but by working with an OSHA attorney you can highlight unsafe working conditions on your project site to better address them.
An important aspect of improving workplace safety is utilizing the newest technologies designed to keep workers safe. In this three-part article, an OSHA defense lawyer from Cotney Construction Law will explore six new technologies that hope to make project sites safer for workers. By implementing these technologies in the future, you can ensure that your workers are safe while saving money on costly workplace injury claims.
Exoskeletons are already being integrated into existing project sites, but widespread adoption will take time as this technology can be imposing for those who have never witnessed a worker wearing a mechanical suit reminiscent of those seen in science fiction movies before. There are a variety of exoskeleton devices available. Some support a portion of the body, such as the arms or the legs, and others cover the entire body. They are perfect for physically demanding tasks that require extra lifting power, but they also have an added benefit: they ease the musculoskeletal burden caused by repetitive motions. This can help eliminate common soft-tissue injuries that plague construction professionals.
Unfortunately, important lessons on the project site are often learned in the wake of an accident. What if workers had a way to simulate common project site accidents to prepare for them in the real world? This is possible with virtual reality. Virtual reality training programs can introduce employees to dangerous situations before they are experienced in real life. This allows workers to build familiarity with an array of scenarios designed to bolster their skill set before ever stepping foot on the project site. Just like pilots, who must log countless hours on flight simulators before they ever pilot a plane, construction professionals could be trained using virtual reality to greatly reduce the chance of accident or injuries.
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