New technologies could potentially help create a path to safer workplaces for Pennsylvania construction workers. The construction industry can be one of the most dangerous globally. From machinery accidents to falls from heights, there are a number of risks that construction workers face every day on the job.
In 2015, 937 workers’ lives were lost in the construction industry due to workplace accidents. One out of every 10 construction workers is injured on the job each year. There are a number of health and safety regulations that help to prevent additional tragedies from striking workers, but more must be done.
There are a variety of technological approaches being introduced to help protect workers’ safety. For example, new forms of reversing alarms are being used to increase their audibility. While many are familiar with traditional beeping alarms, it can be difficult to understand which of a number of vehicles is responsible for the alarm. Now, some alarms are using white noise sounds that are audible through ear protectors or headphones. These sounds use frequencies that make it easier for workers to locate the source of the alarm. Another technological advance has been the use of radar systems to help vehicle operators. These systems can help highlight individuals and objects in the blind spot of the driver and keep the driver aware of obstacles even in high amounts of dust, smoke or fog.
While these high-tech tools are promising, too many workers are at a daily threat of injury on the job. Most employees who have been injured on the job have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can often assist with the preparation and filing of the required claim.