Wearable Technology Prevents Risk, or Does It?

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Issue No. 9 - September 2016
Wearable Technology Prevents 
Risk, or Does It?
There is a strong technology movement in the construction industry for mitigating risk and increasing job site safety. What is the best way to achieve safety excellence? Many companies have developed their own rewards program or investing in a safety management system. One of the options that companies have is cloud-based wearable technology. Wearable technology can reduce health risks by monitoring sound, airborne particles, and UV rays. But is wearable technology precise enough to actively keep workers safe? Mobile technology can be more efficient in terms of near miss reporting and safety awareness among employees. Wearable technology is an invasion of worker privacy, expensive and time-consuming. Mobile technology is quick, easy and cost-effective. What safety solution will your company invest in wearable or mobile technology? 
Employers Fired Back on
OSHA Drug Testing
A group of four manufacturing companies has sued OSHA over its new initiative called, Improve Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. These manufacturers believe that this initiative was forced upon companies and is unlawful. Their argument states that the new laws prohibit or limit the use of incident-based employer safety incentive programs and mandatory drug testing programs. For instance, if an employee experiences an incident, they may be less likely to report the incident to avoid a drug test. This lawsuit has very large implications of workplace incident reporting and the future of OSHA's laws.

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In This Issue
  • Wearable Technology Prevents Risk, or Does It?
  • Employers Fire Back on OSHA Drug Testing
  • Recent News
  • Keep In Touch
Recent News
Inspections at Saskatchewan Construction Sites Raise Safety Concerns
WorkSafe and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) sent out reminders to cover unguarded openings on worksites and to wear proper equipment. Many workers fall through these openings and SCSA is aiming to drastically reduce falling deaths and injuries. 
Study Examines How Financing Constraints Affect Workplace Safety
Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Dr. Walcolm Wardlaw from UT-Dallas examined the impact that financial constraints had on firm value and employee welfare in the workplace. Read the following article to find out the results of his study.
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