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Can an App Help Reduce Workplace Injuries? St. Louis Workers Comp Attorney

By James Hoffmann  Feb. 25, 2019 11:09a

Is there anything you can’t do on your phone? Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new story comes to life about a new app set to revolutionize, well, just about anything.

Enter the Worklete app, which is set to help companies train employees about how to reduce workplace injuries. The app takes people through 20 weeks of training, sectioned into ten numbers, each spanned over two weeks. Worklete uses images and videos, combined with short quizzes to teach people how to safely conduct their work activities, from posture to how to lift certain heavy objects. And in a country where 64% of workers’ injuries are related to the back, shoulder, or knees, that’s a pretty useful tool for any employee to have.

Could It Work?

The app goes into the subject of work safety in detail, taking them from general safety rules to industry or location specific training. In Missouri, the state is very clear that the employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for workers and, apart from a few exceptions to carry workers compensation insurance.

But it’s always best to try and prevent these incidents from happening, as opposed to just making sure employers are not liable in case they do. The Construction Safety Training Act stipulates construction workers must receive safety training. And, while the Missouri Department of Labor has many resources employers can benefit from, no other sector has mandatory safety training.

As such, employers can access apps like the Worklete app and get a simple solution to their safety training needs.

What Happens If You’ve Been Injured

Safety training, whether they're done through mobile apps, seminar, or other methods, will never ensure a 100% risk-free workplace. Their purpose is to make these incidents less occurring, though naturally, accidents can always happen, no matter how well you know how to prevent them.

If you’ve sustained an injury at work, the Missouri law says you have a right to workers compensation, an insurance policy carried by your employer for this very purpose. The policy ensures that injured workers can receive financial aid that can help with medical bills, and account for missed work hours.

However, it’s not always a smooth ride to get compensation. If you’re thinking about filing a claim, consider hiring a St .Louis workers compensation lawyer, and consult with them to see what you should do. The insurance company will receive your application and analyze it. It’s possible they’ll nitpick at your case to find a reason to offer a lower sum or reject it entirely. A good workers compensation attorney can make sure that won’t happen by building a strong case that proves your claim.

It’s very likely that in the next years, more and more workers will receive safety training from the comfort of their mobile phone. However, that will not guarantee a safe work environment. If you are injured at work, give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4300 for a FREE case evaluation.

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