We often hear about the use of robots in many workplaces in the future, especially as the number of skilled worker decreases and minimum wages increase. Their use isn’t just about keeping production levels up or labor costs low, though. Robots have the potential to make our workplaces safer.
Technology companies have long been testing the use of robots in warehouses. They’ve found that robots can help workers perform strenuous activities. They believe that they have the potential of reducing worker fatigue, lift injuries and fall rates as well as increasing productivity.
While many warehouses are large enough to house the inventory that a company needs to have on hand, the footprint for urban warehouses may be significantly smaller. Companies are always adding new products to their lines. What seems to be ample space quickly becomes limited. Businesses often resort to stacking their products higher when faced with space limitations.
Warehouse workers often have to use a forklift or climb up to get products overhead. They’re most apt to fall from a higher level when they do this. Robots can be brought in to handle these tasks for them. While their use doesn’t minimize the risk of injury of all workers, it can definitely reduce the number who suffer injuries.
Lifting injuries and fatigue
A 2017 study published in the Chronobiology International journal shed light on the correlation between worker fatigue and injury rates. Those individuals who work in physically demanding careers are most apt to become fatigued more quickly than those who don’t. The researchers found that a worker’s risk of injury also increases based on what they do off-the-clock.
Recent research has focused on the use of robots to perform more strenuous work instead of workers. This reduces the chance that they’ll become fatigued.
Although many individuals have expressed concern about how the use of robots will reduce socialization and ultimately replace humans in the workplace, they have many benefits in terms of increasing productivity and worker safety.
If you’ve been hurt on the job, you owe it to yourself to consult with a workplace injuries attorney who can provide you with sound advice on your options for compensation.