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New wearable tech could improve workplace safety

Workers across North Carolina are probably aware of the risks they face on the job site, including slip, trip and fall hazards. Many incidents are unforeseeable, which is why workers' compensation claims are costing employers in the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars each year. However, a new device from an Iowa-based software company could help improve workplace safety as well as streamline workers' compensation procedures.

MākuSafe has developed a wearable band that collects real-time environmental and motion data, processing it immediately in a cloud platform. Besides information like lighting and temperature differences, it includes any near-misses and unsafe situations. Once the workplace safety managers analyze the data, they can identify hazardous areas and trends. The managers can then be proactive in setting up safety equipment or laying down new guidelines to prevent injuries.

One benefit of the device is increased efficiency in the workplace. Insurance carriers can also create more accurate property and casualty insurance policies, and when faced with workers' compensation claims, they will have access to detailed information. It will also facilitate the implementation of risk control strategies by insurance brokers. Above all, MākuSafe intends to reduce worker deaths. Worldwide, more than 1,000 workers die in on-the-job accidents across the world every day.

Under workers' compensation law, injured employees are eligible to receive compensation regardless of who, if anyone, was at fault for the accident. This compensation can include temporary or permanent disability benefits, cover immediate medical expenses and pay out a percentage of the victim's wages on a weekly basis. Before filing, though, victims will want to consult with a lawyer to make sure that all necessary information is submitted.

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