Many fatal workplace accidents resulted in America in the year 2015 as compared to the previous years since 2008; this is according to the American bureau dealing with all matters concerning labor and employment. In the previous years, forty years ago, a minimum of fourteen thousand people succumbed annually due to lack of knowledge in the workplace in favor of profits by both the managers and the workers. Safety is a right for every employee in any given organization and should not be optional to workers to ensure that various hazards in the workplace are reduced.
Although Occupational Safety and Health Administration is there to assist workers in ensuring quality safety working environment in their workplace, technology also has a bigger role to play in the fight to improve working conditions in all sectors of production which are mainly manufacturing, processing, assembling and in the extraction of minerals. Many technological advancements have taken place in many working environments and have had great positive implications in the improvement of the workers’ safety.
There has also been a great improvement in the modern communications which has made it easier to keep track of workers and also helping in knowing where the workers are in the times of accidents and crisis. Digital means of communications can help improve working safety in the following situations. Tracking and locating of workers has become much easier when involved in any injuries or even when kidnapped mostly when the workers are working in a war zone area. Also when a shooter gets in a workplace, law enforcement officials can locate the workers in their hiding places and help them save their lives. Great technology also allows workers to send and link short messages and emails hence helping them to stay safe by escaping the crisis.
Another technological advancement which helps in the improvement of workers’ safety is the availability of robots and the internet which have greatly contributed to saving many lives in the workplace. In an environment where the chances of accidents, injuries, and damages occurring is high, much of the work done by the human beings can be replaced by the robots
Sometimes workers feel contented and hence tend to ignore the safety roles and warnings put, and this finally results in a mass of accidents and damages in the organization which might also result in deaths of the workers leading to reduction in labor supply which affects the operations of any organization.
Great and important roles are played by the technological improvements in reduction of various risks in any organization. Technology warns both managers and workers when various working machines are reaching the end of their lifespan and when they are not functioning so that they are replaced and improved before an accident occurs.
Any organization should focus on investing in better technology for its future benefits in terms of its workplace safety and the health of its workers. The health of every employer in any organization should be highly valued to ensure that there is a good output in any organization.