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Wearable device could make workplaces safer

Workplace accidents cost employers in Georgia and throughout the country billions of dollars per year. A company called MakuSafe has designed a wearable device that collects data in real-time that can then be used by safety managers to find out what type of risks employees are facing. It will also report near-miss incidents to further help employers create a safer work environment.

Nearly one third of construction claims due to falls

Falls from elevated surfaces are a frequent source of injury among construction workers in Georgia as in the rest of the U.S. Nationwide Insurance found that a third of all the construction claims that it processed in the past five years, a number that comes up to over 3,000 claims, were due to falls. This is why the organization was in support of the Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, a nationwide event sponsored by OSHA that took place from May 7 to 11.

Five ways to facilitate a safer workplace

Workplace safety is always important. However, many employers and employees in Georgia ignore safety guidelines as they get caught up in deadlines and the fast pace of their work days. This kind of negligence can lead to an increase in worker injuries, a decrease in productivity and even rising workers' compensation and medical costs.

Will I lose my job in Georgia if I report my workplace injury?

Every state has different laws governing workplace injuries. There are particular industries where workers are more susceptible to workplace injuries, such as construction workers, nurses and health care workers, janitors, and factory workers. People who work with heavy equipment or work in hazardous workplaces are at a higher risk for injury than the average employee.

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