Technology Improves Worker Safety and Productivity
Called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” the introduction of robotics and other data-driven technology in the workplace is changing how humans approach their jobs. Robots and other automated technology can be used to take over dangerous job tasks from humans, to enhance their skills, and to provide data that helps workers do their jobs more safely and efficiently.
Robots and Factory Work
Factory work is often inherently dangerous. People that work with heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, and repetitive tasks are at greater risk for injury than workers in other industries. Some robots are already in use and performing these tasks, not only ensuring product quality, but more importantly – improving worker safety.
The next generation of workplace technology physically augments human workers, allowing them to perform their jobs in ways beyond what has ever been done before. Wearing robotic “exoskeleton” suits, human workers are able to wield impressive robotic power. Rather than using tools or machinery that offer little adaptability or power, such as a forklift, they are able to incorporate refined and exact human motions with the power of a robot. Wearing a robotic exoskeleton also protects human workers from the inherent danger that factory equipment presents.
Augmented operators are workers with immediate access to information about new equipment or procedures. Smart glasses provide augmented operators with instructions or training information. Workers can interact with trainers and supervisors using microphones and earbuds. Real-time training eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming travel – a win-win for employees and business owners.
Wearable sensors are another new form of technology available to prevent workplace illness and injury. Technology that records user data like body temperature, heart rate, and exposure to hazardous chemicals can be incorporated into light-weight, innocuous sensors similar to FitBits or smartwatches. The devices can be used to alert the user when troubling symptoms are detected. Many truck drivers are already using similar technology to monitor users for signs of fatigue, warning them before a serious accident occurs.
While the introduction of robots and other smart technology may leave Americans fearing for their jobs, they probably shouldn’t worry too much. This new workplace technology is designed to support the American worker, helping them do their jobs faster, safer, and better. It leaves the heavy lifting to the robots, reducing the preventable factory injuries that can debilitate workers for life. Moreover, smart sensors notify employees of signs of possible illness or injury.
New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Harold J. Gerr Protect Injured Workers in New Jersey
The future of workplace technology is exciting. Unfortunately, workplace illness and accidents are still a reality. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact a New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr. Harold J. Gerr and his team offer free consultations and home visits for your convenience. Call our offices at 877-249-4600 or contact us online for a review of your claim.