Many Texas construction workers are seriously injured while they are framing and erecting walls. The risk is especially great when the building being constructed is one with multiple stories. The federal government provides laws that require the use of certain types of fall protection when workers are building walls.
Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report on the financial toll of workplace injuries. It notes that job-related injuries and illnesses cost billions of dollars every year. Despite the availability of workers' compensation, injured workers and their families still end up shouldering approximately half of these costs.
Texas residents may be interested to learn about a new cutting-edge high tech device that provides feedback regarding lifting techniques used by the worker. The device, manufactured by a startup company, is designed to be worn by the worker around his or her waist. It monitors muscle activity as the worker lifts objects, providing feedback to the worker through a wristband that tells him or her whether he or she is using proper lifting techniques.