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Using computer analysis to reduce workplace injuries

When people engage in the same types of motions repeatedly, they may develop musculoskeletal injuries. New Jersey workers in the manufacturing industry are at risk for developing repetitive stress injuries, and the most common are tendonitis in their arms, shoulders and wrists as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. The best methods of preventing injury are to have experts watch the movements of workers and determine if they may lead to problems later on.

The problem with having health and safety professionals watch workers and determine if their movements may cause problems is that this method is both subjective and not entirely effective. Instead, the way forward may be with computer vision algorithms that can analyze the movements of a worker and determine if those movements may turn into injuries later on.

A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hopeful that this could be done using a smartphone app in the near future. This would allow organizations of all sizes to take advantage of a system that could reduce employee injuries.

When people have been injured in a workplace accident or have developed a medical condition as a result of their work, they may have access to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits ensure that people are able to obtain the medical care they need, and they can also replace a percentage of a person's income lost to taking time off of work to recover from injuries. People who are filing a claim may be able to find out what type of compensation they can expect by speaking with a lawyer.

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