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New tech could make construction sites safer

Statistically, 1 in 10 construction workers is injured every year in New York and across the U.S. The private construction industry saw 937 fatalities in 2015, which was a seven-year high in this country. It goes without saying that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous. Thankfully, advances in technology could improve the safety of construction sites if companies choose to invest in new equipment.

Backup accidents are all too common on construction sites because workers can become confused as to what direction the alarms are coming from, especially when the alarms emit the same beeping noise. This is where new reversing alarms come in. Brigade Electronic, for instance, has released the White Sound BBS-TEK reversing alarm that emits the sound of white noise, easily distinguished and heard through headphones or ear defenders.

The number of blind spot accidents can also be reduced with onboard cameras and radar systems. Radar systems set off visual and audio warnings inside a vehicle to alert the driver to people and objects in their blind spots; onboard cameras could remove the blind spots altogether by providing a complete view of the vehicle's surroundings. They are ideal for vans, heavy goods vehicles and machines like excavators and wheel loaders. They could also reduce the confusion caused by fog, smoke and dust.

The workers compensation program exists for those who suffer injuries on the job, regardless of who was responsible. While the amount that victims receive has a cap put on it by the state, it can normally cover things like medical bills and lost income. Victims may want to hire a lawyer who focuses on construction site accidents so that the filing goes smoothly. Lawyers may be able to have the accident investigated and negotiate for the maximum settlement.

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