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The impact of wearable technology on workplace injury claims

Wearable, internet-enabled technology is more common and familiar than many people may guess, and it is quickly expanding into new territory. Workers' compensation claims managers are wondering if it could be used to enhance rehabilitation and improve recovery outcomes. Is that something to be applauded, or should we be concerned?

Experts in wearable technology say it has already surpassed the activity tracker you may be wearing on your wrist right now. Soon, it may be able to monitor your vital statistics, such as your heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure, according to Zack Craft, ATP, vice president and national product leader at One Call Care Management, a case management organization.

What is a repetitive stress injury?

People often think of workplace injuries as catastrophic events, like a fall off of a later or getting a limb stuck in a piece of machinery. However, even simply, everyday events can eventually lead to a repetitive stress injury.

As the name implies, this is just an injury that you get from doing the same thing repeatedly, often for hours on end. That constant motion puts extra stress on one part of your body, leading to pain, stiffness, inflammation and more.

What is a Section 32 waiver agreement?

As you seek compensation for an on-the-job injury, you may hear about the option to use a Section 32 waiver agreement. If you consider this, it's critical that you understand exactly what it does, as it can change your fundamental rights as a worker.

First of all, this waiver agreement is made between you, the worker who was injured, and the insurance company. You are trying to claim medical benefits because of the injury. The waiver is used to settle that agreement and conclude the case.

Construction worker falls and dies in Times Square

A construction worker was about two floors up -- roughly 18 feet -- when he fell and died in Times Square. Some have called the accident entirely preventable. He was taken to Mount Sinai West, where he passed away. He was 59 years old.

The job was simple enough. He and others were working to take down part of a steel deck that was attached to a slab. He was on an I-beam. Officials think he might have been examining the slab to see if it could be lowered when he fell.

New York man gets $1 million after slipping, falling on the job

A man from Midland Beach was setting tiles five years ago when he slipped and fell. He was working in the stairwell to the Manhattan subway. Lighting conditions were poor, and he slipped on some debris. He was seriously injured.

Though it's taken half of a decade, he just settled his lawsuit, and he's been awarded $1 million.

Why your workplace is making you feel ill

If you work inside of an enclosed office building day in and day out, then take note. The air you're breathing in might be making you sick. Despite the progress that's been made in reducing six of the most dangerous toxins in the air, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports there's still a lot of progress that needs to be made.

No matter if your workplace is new or old, poor air quality surrounds you. In fact, according to the EPA, 25 percent of new or renovated buildings are thought to be responsible for reported cases of sick building syndrome. Of the top six pollutants, carbon monoxide, lead, and ozone are seen as most responsible for instances of building-related illnesses, an issue that results in billions in lost profits annually.

Workers' compensation can help injured construction workers

Construction accidents are harrowing because they happen to men and women who are only trying to earn a living. It is very difficult for construction workers to stay completely safe as they work. There are a lot of hazards on these construction sites. This includes the heavy machinery, working at considerable heights and various electrical components.

Interestingly, it has come to light that the number of construction zone inspections is decreasing. While this is occurring, the number of construction accidents is rising. This is a troubling trend in New York that must be carefully considered because the people who keep the city's structures up to par are suffering. We find this very disturbing and think that action needs to be taken to rectify the situation.

Falling tools can be a workplace hazard

In New York, construction workers have always had to worry about falling tools. Back in 1903, the New York Times even ran an article talking about how important it was to secure tools during bridge building. This is something that's been an issue for a long time, and it still is today, despite advances in technology and workplace safety regulations.

How many people are hurt? It changes from year to year, of course, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that over 50,000 workers are hit by falling objects every single year. Those numbers come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). When you work out the math, it means that one person is injured every 10 minutes by a falling object.

Workplace distractions can lead to accidents

You've probably heard plenty about how distractions can lead to car accidents and mistakes on New York's highways. Distractions are blamed for a high amount of wrecks year in and year out. It's important for workers to know that distractions in the workplace can be just as dangerous.

For example, some workers like to wear headphones while they work, so they can listen to music or podcasts. Music can help workers avoid boredom and remain in a good mood at work.

  • American Association for Justice
  • NYCOSH-New York Committee for occupational Safety & Health
  • NYSTLA
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Society of New York Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, Inc | 1945
  • National Organization of social security claimants Representatives
  • NYSBA
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