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Technology may prevent work accident at North Carolina job sites

People often go to work in the morning, expecting to be bombarded with all kinds of stressors during the work day. This may include problematic customers, demanding new company rules or even an inadequate computer system, depending on the job. Being injured on the job in North Carolina, however, can also be a real stressor for those who work in manual jobs that expose them to a wide variety of risks. However, "smart" facilities in the future may help to prevent a work accident that can lead to serious injuries.

More than a million workers in America are injured each year, despite advancements that have been made in technology in the workplace. The situation not only causes trouble for injured employees and their families but also leads to financial losses to companies due to lost productivity. New technology is in the process of keeping this from occurring on job sites, such as steel mills and areas that deal with nuclear reactors.

Technology such as low-cost sensors could eventually be embedded in steam pipes, thus allowing the pipes to "communicate" with a headset that someone wears. The headset can immediately provide data such as pressure and temperature. Employees who notice that certain conditions are ripe for a pipe to burst can simply stay clear of the pipes' vicinity.

With the help of modern technology, a person's chances of being injured on the job in North Carolina certainly may drop. However, not all accidents are easy to prevent, and not all companies take the necessary precautions to keep a work accident from happening. Employees who are injured on the job are normally entitled to workers' compensation benefits and have the right to pursue a claim to receive all of the benefits to which they may be entitled.

Source: fiercecio.com, Making wearables a good fit for workplace safety, Himananshu Sareen, Jan. 16, 2014

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