The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the world. In Pennsylvania and across the U.S., an average of 1 in 10 construction workers is injured every year. In 2015, the U.S. saw 937 workers killed in construction injuries, the highest number since 2008. Companies are therefore looking to technology to help reduce the risk of accidents and deaths.
One of the most important developments in construction safety tech is a new reversing alarm that emits the sound of white noise instead of the traditional beep. The White Sound BBS-TEK reversing alarm is available from Brigade Electronic, a global safety firm, and its alarm can be heard clearly on any construction site, even to those wearing headphones. This can reduce accidents caused when workers become confused over similar-sounding beeping noises.
Onboard cameras for vans, heavy goods vehicles, wheel loaders, excavators and other vehicles can cut down on blind spot accidents. These cameras give a complete view of the vehicle’s surroundings. In addition, new radar systems can alert drivers to people and objects through audio and visual warnings inside the cab. These are considered ideal for agricultural, mining, and quarrying sites and for workplaces where dust, fog, smoke and other hazards are present.
Workers who are injured may be reimbursed for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses; they need to tell their employer they will file for workers compensation benefits and then proceed with it, preferably with the help of a lawyer. Each state puts a cap on workers comp benefits, but a lawyer may work to ensure that the client receives the maximum amount. He or she might even bring in investigators to determine the extent of the injuries. Filing for workers comp will waive the victim’s right to file a personal injury lawsuit.