Advances in technology continue to make common, everyday occurrences out of what not so long ago seemed impossible to comprehend. Increasingly, wearable technology is becoming available with the intended purpose of improving worker safety. While everyone supports a reduction of workplace injuries and accidents, many believe that wearable technology has some inherent negatives. Among the concerns of some Pennsylvania employees being asked to utilize wearable technology is that a 'big brother" type of monitoring system will intrude on their right to privacy.
Employers and employees alike in Pennsylvania should know what the most common types of workplace accidents are and how to avoid them. The first is the slip and fall, accounting for one third of all on-the-job injuries. Slips are normally caused by wet, icy or oily surfaces as well as by flooring that does not have proper traction. Trips also fall under this category and usually involve debris and poor lighting.