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High-tech safety devices may reduce workplace injuries

Safety equipment for construction workers in Oklahoma has not changed much over the years. Hard hats, back braces, protective glasses and safety vests are commonly issued to prevent workplace injuries. However, new technology may take that tried and true protection to a new level.  

Helmets and glasses may soon come equipped with cameras that transmit to managers and foremen. Not only will this aid in efficiency on the job, but it will provide immediate communication and virtual oversight to make sure safety measures are being followed. Workers may also be able to access job instructions and training information, which may eliminate dangerous procedural mistakes.

Safety vests may also get an upgrade. New vests now contain GPS badges so that if employees call for help, their exact locations will be known. Additionally, the vests can alert workers when they enter danger zones on the job. They may be programmed to shut down heavy equipment if someone wearing the vest passes too closely, reducing the number of workers who are struck by moving machinery.

Created exclusively for construction workers, a new bionic suit was designed to help lift heavy loads without causing back strain. Over a million workers injure their backs every year, but the makers of the bionic suit say it will provide support that a regular back brace does not. The high-tech suit is especially recommended for people who carry heavy tools or do strenuous lifting.

With the introduction of these safety devices, it is hoped that workplace injuries will decrease. However, construction work is always dangerous. Even with the best safety precautions, there is still a chance a worker may be hurt on the job. When this happens, workers in Oklahoma often contact an attorney to make sure they receive the compensation they deserve.

Source: readwrite.com, "Can wearables transform the construction industry?", Thomas Appel, Aug. 2, 2016

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