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How modern technology protects workers

| Nov 15, 2016 | Workers' Compensation |

Many Kentucky workers are safer today thanks to modern technology. In the past, metal detectors and security cameras were not as advanced, and evading traditional security guards wasn’t as big of a challenge for would-be robbers. For people who go to work in high-crime areas, the advancements that have been made in workplace safety technology are potentially lifesaving.

One modern invention that is making work environments safer is bulletproof glass. People who work in banks and other businesses that handle a lot of cash can be protected from assailants with bulletproof glass windows and partitions. If workers need even more protection than bulletproof glass and metal detectors can provide, employers may implement laser safety curtains in the work environment.

While metal detectors can stop people with weapons while they are trying to enter a workplace, state-of-the-art security cameras can discourage potential assailants from even attempting to enter the building. Today, digital security cameras and motion-activated lights can help to capture clear images of robbers so that they can be prosecuted later on. Many workplaces remind would-be robbers about the security technology that they have by placing signs on the outside of their buildings.

Employees who are injured during a robbery or shooting at their workplace may be able to file both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit against a non-employer third part. In some cases, workers’ compensation benefits will be inadequate to cover all of the employee’s losses, and an attorney can help to coordinate both procedures in tandem with one another.