Repetitive stress injuries are quite common across many industries. You may associate them with office jobs, but any job where you perform repetitive motions puts you at risk. In an effort to reduce workers’ compensation claims for these injuries, many Pennsylvania employers are beginning to try to find ways to overcome the strain employees experience from repetitive movements.
The Insurance Journal explains that some employers may even look to technology to help with repetitive stress injury prevention. There is new technology on the market that allows for the tracking of movements. You wear a small device during your work shift. It computes all the moves you make to look for possible issues.
The idea behind this technology is to help find ways to reduce strain and fatigue by limiting movements or changing movements to prevent repetition. It also helps with the design of safety equipment and the development of safety procedures to avoid other injuries.
When employers use these devices, they want to help you and other workers. They want more insight into your daily job duties, which they may have a difficult time getting otherwise. The information gives them a chance to discover issues with the physical demands of your job that they could not necessarily observe by just watching you work.
There are some objections to this type of monitoring technology. Some feel it is an invasion of privacy. They worry it will turn into a form of surveillance that gathers information to use against employees. There are also concerns that employers could use it to develop technology that takes the place of a human worker.
Despite concerns, this technology does have a lot to offer in terms of safety on the job. Employers may have to find a way to implement the use of it without causing concern among employees. This is a tricky balance to find, but the technology has the ability to be incredibly beneficial, so it may well be worth it to employers to figure things out.