Work-related injuries are expensive and also increase worker turnover. For example, in 2018, more than 115,000 manufacturing workers and 17,000 warehouse workers missed workdays due to injuries. Additionally, in 2018, more than 104 million workdays were lost because of workplace injuries and fatalities. One solution that many employers in the manufacturing and warehouse sectors are considering are deploying robots that can work alongside their human counterparts.
Repetitive movements are the culprit of many different musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs comprise of injuries that impact the nerves, tendons, and ligaments. A person can sustain an MSD to almost any part of the body. Often, these types of injuries impact the back, hand, arm or legs. Over twenty percent of all disabilities worldwide can be attributed to MSDs. This is a staggering number related to a problem that can be avoided.
What are the Benefits of Workplace Robots?
If employees can work with robots and instruct them to perform repetitive tasks, this can greatly reduce injuries. In the warehouse environment, there are five main areas where robots can be beneficial:
Efficiency: Robots are more aware of obstacles while moving around the environment, and they can be programmed to take the most efficient routes.
Minimize Accidents: Slip and fall accidents are common in the warehouse environment. Robots can be constructed to span many levels so that humans do not have to transverse multiple levels in the warehouse.
Reduce Lifting Injuries: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that back injuries account for nearly forty percent of all work injuries. Unlike humans, robots are not subject to fatigue, and they can be designed and programmed to lift heavy objects.
Prevent Worker Fatigue: Studies have revealed that worker fatigue contributes greatly to workplace injuries. Although a worker may have the physical training and capability to perform a task, if they are tired or sick, it may change the way they are normally able to perform the task. Since robots are not subject to these types of variables, they can continue to perform.
When can I Receive Compensation After a Work Accident?
If a worker is hurt on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits will cover medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses. After a work accident, the injured employee should contact a lawyer right away for help with their claim.
Downingtown Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC Provide Legal Assistance to Injured Employees
Our dedicated Downingtown workers’ compensation lawyers at Wusinich & Sweeney, LLC can assess your case and help you receive compensation for your work injury. Contact us online or call us at 610-594-1600 for a free consultation today. Located in Exton, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients throughout Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Phoenixville, Malvern, Lyndell, Wagontown, Uwchlan Township, Parkesburg, Chester Springs, Lancaster County, Reading, and Morgantown.