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5 Technologies That Can Help Lower Workers' Compensation Costs

By Alliant

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Over the past few years, workers' compensation has seen significant changes in several key aspects. There is an increased focus on workplace safety and injury prevention, with companies implementing proactive measures to create safer work environments.

Implementing technologies in the workplace can play a crucial role in reducing workers' compensation costs. Devices that focus on employee safety offer companies the ability to monitor and track employee activities, analyze movement patterns, provide real-time hazard alerts and enhance physical capabilities, among other valuable functionalities. These technological advancements empower organizations to proactively identify potential risks, optimize workflows, improve worker safety and ultimately reduce the likelihood of accidents and workers' compensation costs.

Consider integrating these five technologies into your company’s overall safety program:

  • Exoskeletons—This wearable technology device can help prevent injury by providing support and assistance to workers during physically demanding tasks, reducing the strain on their muscles and joints. Exoskeletons can enhance strength and endurance, improve ergonomics and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, enabling workers to perform their jobs with reduced fatigue and improved safety.

  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)—VR and AR technologies are used for immersive and interactive training experiences. They simulate hazardous scenarios, allowing employees to practice safety protocols and make informed decisions in a controlled environment. By familiarizing employees with potential risks and appropriate responses, these technologies can help prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace.

  • Wearables—Wearable devices, such as smart helmets, safety vests or wristbands, are equipped with sensors that monitor vital signs, posture or exposure to hazardous substances. They provide real-time feedback to employees, with reminders to maintain proper ergonomics, take breaks and avoid potential dangers, thus reducing the risk of injuries.

  • Smart Sensors and Monitoring Systems—These technologies use motion sensors, environmental sensors and proximity sensors to detect potential hazards in real time. They alert employees and management to potential dangers, helping to prevent injuries caused by collisions, hazardous substances or unsafe conditions.

  • Drones—Drones equipped with cameras and sensors can be used for workplace inspections in hazardous or hard-to-reach areas. They can provide visual documentation, identify maintenance needs and assess potential risks without exposing workers to dangerous environments.

Incorporating Data Science
Harnessing the power of advanced data analytics and predictive modeling empowers companies to proactively identify potential hazards and facilitate timely implementation of preventive measures to foster a safer work environment. By analyzing vast amounts of data, organizations gain valuable insights into emerging risks, enabling them to take proactive steps to mitigate those risks and enhance workplace safety. This data-driven approach reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries while cultivating a culture of safety that prioritizes the well-being of employees.

Time to get in the cloud
“The cloud” refers to multiple networks of servers that allow apps to be accessed anywhere with internet instead of being confined to a particular computer or network. By leveraging the cloud, companies have completely overhauled the way they interact with one another and with their workers. Businesses with projects and crews in multiple locations especially benefit from the ability to efficiently and seamlessly transfer information and monitor workers’ safety.

Successfully deploying new technologies
Proper deployment is crucial to maximize the value of new technology investments. While it's tempting to be captivated by the "wow factor" of technology, it's essential not to lose sight of the intended improvements. Without a well-defined deployment plan, the potential benefits of technological investments can go unrealized, resulting in wasted resources. By carefully strategizing and implementing a deployment plan, businesses can ensure that new technologies are effectively integrated, delivering the intended enhancements and driving meaningful outcomes.

Before seeking out new technology, you should first consider ways to improve current workplace processes. After taking steps to improve processes, it will be easier to identify gaps that new technology can address. No amount of technology will help if the process needs to be fixed.

How Can Alliant Help?
Alliant Risk Solutions offers creative and powerful strategies with on-site consulting services to help clients effectively respond to the ever-changing circumstances and regulatory landscape. Our team of leading specialists supports solutions for key loss drivers and exposures.

Our Risk Management Center (RMC) all-inclusive platform creates effective risk mitigation programs for employee safety and compliance. This unique and robust web-based suite of safety and risk management tools provides a risk reduction and safety center for all departments and locations across client organizations, designed to make risk prevention efforts more impactful, cost-effective and easier to manage.

Contact Us
Reach out today to request a job safety analysis and ergonomic assessment of your business to learn how technology can help improve workplace safety and lower workers’ compensation costs.


Alliant note and disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance. Please note that prior to implementation your legal counsel should review all details or policy information. Alliant Insurance Services does not provide legal advice or legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please seek the services of your own legal advisor or ask Alliant Insurance Services for a referral. This document is provided on an “as is” basis without any warranty of any kind. Alliant Insurance Services disclaims any liability for any loss or damage from reliance on this document.