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New technology seeks to decrease workplace injuries

Workplace injuries are often associated with construction jobs and positions in other blue collar industries involving physical labor. With the amount of people spending their work hours in front of a computer, it's no wonder that attention is being given to the amount of injuries caused by sitting at a computer all day. Although these injuries aren't a result of workplace accidents per se, Maryland readers may be aware of the negative results of sitting at a computer; including back and neck pain, eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

In an effort to address computer-related injuries that employees suffer in this age of technology, companies are beginning to develop equipment that takes the user into account. Philips recently released a 24 inch LCD monitor with a built-in "ErgoSensor," to promote better ergonomics.

The ErgoSensor is located where a standard webcam would be located on a regular computer screen. With the ability to track the user's position and distance from the monitor, the ErgoSensor provides feedback. For example, it might notify the user that he or she is sitting too close to the screen, that their neck posture is incorrect, and that it's necessary to reposition to meet the ergonomic standards of the machine.

Employers are responsible for keeping employees safe by ensuring safe working conditions. A workspace should be free of defective equipment, dangerous products, or conditions that could cause injury. With millions of people sitting at a computer all day, is the ErgoSensor monitor the wave of the future? Philips, the maker of the ErgoSensor believes that "work should be suited to people, and not the other way around." Time will tell if employers feel the same.

Source: The Atlantic, "The Computer Monitor That Can Tell If You're Slouching," April 10, 2012

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Repetitive Strain Injury & back issues caused by poor posture from sitting at work are now one of the highest causes of injury in the UK. It causes more sick days than any other issue.

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