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Accounting for workplace hazards posed by robots

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2020 | workers' compensation |

Recent technological advancements have made it more common for robotic equipment to have a place in certain industries. While robotics can help streamline processes and lessen the likelihood of human error in certain scenarios, they do not entirely replace the need for human workers. As a result, it is important to consider the workplace hazards posed by robots.

Like with any other machinery in the workplace, Maryland employers and their workers need to ensure that robotic equipment is safeguarded as necessary. When a robot needs maintenance, it is vital that safeguards are in place that ensure that the robot is locked and cannot perform certain functions. If these safeguards are not in place, a worker could suffer injuries while around or using the machine.

It is also prudent to keep in mind that robots are not inherently safe to work with. Though they may have specific functions and are intended for use around people, it does not mean that an accident could not occur. In fact, it is important to have the right type of robot for certain tasks and to train all employees who will be using the machinery.

Though the idea of robots in the workplace may seem futuristic, the reality is that robotics play a role in many industries already. While this type of machinery can help with efficiency and other aspects of a specific job, workplace hazards related to using robots still exist. In the event that Maryland workers suffer injuries on the job while working with robotic equipment, they may find themselves in need of workers’ compensation.

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