Worldwide, workplace accidents lead to more than 500 injuries every minute. In the U.S., these accidents burden employers and insurance companies with billions of dollars in annual workers’ compensation claims. Both employers and employees in Pennsylvania may be wondering what can be done to reduce the hazards that lurk in their workplace.
A startup based in Iowa may have the answer. MākuSafe, a developer of software as a service, has released a band that can record environmental data in real time and process it in a cloud platform. When worn, it tracks employees’ motions, changes in lighting and temperature, levels of harmful chemicals and hazardous situations. Thanks to machine learning, it can also identify hazards for the benefit of workplace safety managers.
Managers could use this consumable data to develop measures for improved workplace safety. For instance, they could set up the right safety equipment and supplies. MākuSafe’s wearable technology can additionally act as a collaborative tool between businesses and insurers, streamlining the processing of workers’ comp claims. Insurance agents trying to implement risk control strategies may find it to be an asset as well.
Many times, accidents occur not because the employer was negligent in assessing workplace safety but because the victim, or a co-worker, was at fault. However, victims can still be eligible for workers’ compensation no matter who was to blame. A lawyer could explain what the benefits will cover and the statewide cap for compensation. In addition, the lawyer could represent the client before an insurance agency.