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Technology may help reduce risks of workplace injuries

Most California residents hope to get through life without suffering any type of major injury. Unfortunately, risks for injuries exist everywhere. Some people may even suffer serious workplace injuries while on the job, but technology may help lessen those risks.

As more becomes known about work-related hazards, technology is coming out to help reduce those risks. For example, cellphone apps and fitness trackers can help alert workers when it is time to get up and move around. Though sitting at a desk all day may not seem like a danger, it can lead to injuries over time. Along the same lines, officer furniture has adapted to become more ergonomically appealing, such as having sit-stand desks that can allow workers to stand up while typing.

Even body cameras could have a role in preventing workplace injuries in the future. If employers are able to see exactly what workers do throughout the day and review that footage for potential risks, it may be used to create an injury prevention plan. The cameras could be small and not impede anyone's ability to carry out work-related duties.

Of course, technology cannot account for every variable possible, and workplace injuries can still be a possibility even with the help of technology. If California workers do suffer injuries while on the job, they may need to gain information on workers' compensation. These benefits may prove valuable by offering financial assistance during a time when a worker may be unable to work and is facing significant medical bills. Because applying for such benefits is not always easy, interested parties may wish to gain help from experienced attorneys.

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