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New device could reduce repetitive workplace injuries

Ohio residents may be interested to learn of an exciting new tool that has been developed for companies that employ workers who engage in repetitive motions on the job. Created by engineers at a university, the tool is a video surveillance system that uses a computer to examine employee hand movements in video recordings. The tool may assist employers to predict and lessen the likelihood of workplace injuries related to repetitive motions.

For example, some office workers may suffer greatly from carpal tunnel syndrome, which commonly develops from performing repetitive tasks on the computer. Likewise, certain factory jobs involve a great deal of repetitive motions.

The group that developed the tool received an $800,000.00 grant from the National Institutes of Health as well as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The group will study over 100 hours of video of hundreds of workers and data on specific injuries. Their analysis of the videos and data could lead to a type of analysis that relies only on video recordings for injury prediction. This is an exciting development for the improvement of working conditions all around the world.

In the state of Ohio, if someone is injured while working on the job, regardless of fault, he or she may seek compensation by filing a workers' compensation claim. By filing such a claim, the worker will be entitled to receive medical care for the work-related injury, as well as reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the workplace injury.

In addition to this, the worker may also be entitled to receive additional compensation for any permanent impairment or disability caused by the work-related injury. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can assist in obtaining the maximum amount of benefits permitted by law and the best possible outcome for any individual who is the victim of a work-related accident.

Source:, "Video tool could help active workers avoid injury," Christie Taylor, Feb. 11, 2013

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