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Will Automation Improve or Hurt Miami Workplace Safety?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into the workplace, where it’s being used to automate processes, gather more data for decision-making, and help workers be more productive. A number of accidents and injuries, however, also have some workers asking about safety.

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If you’ve been injured in the workplace because of an AI system, you may have a workers’ compensation claim if your injury happened during regular work duties. However, you might also have a third-party claim against the manufacturer or programmer of an AI system. To fully explore your options for getting fair compensation, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a Miami workplace accident claims lawyer.

Can AI Make Miami Workplaces Safer?

It’s possible that some AI technologies can reduce the risk of workplace injuries and even workers’ compensation claims. Here’s how:

  • AI video can help gather data about PPE and safety violations. With AI-powered video systems, workers can automatically be warned if they’re violating a safety standard, such as not wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) correctly. This allows workers to quickly correct the problem to reduce the risk of injury and keep workplaces compliant.
  • AI can provide targeted training. AI-powered systems can streamline workplace training, including safety training, by adjusting tutorials and quiz questions to what a worker needs to know. Workers spend less time reviewing what they know and more time learning skills they need.
  • AI can take over some dangerous jobs. AI robots can be sent into areas with hazardous materials, unsafe temperatures, and other dangerous conditions, reducing the risk to human workers.

Can AI Contribute to Miami Workplace Accidents?

Even with all the benefits of AI in the workplace, several experts have warned of some dangers, too. In fact, late last year headlines reported that a worker at an Austin factory was attacked and left severely injured by an AI-powered robot used in the production line.

AI machinery and software can make mistakes, and when it does it can cause catastrophic injury. Some AI-powered robots used in industrial areas are large enough to cause serious harm. They are most likely to cause injuries during unexpected events, such as a sudden emergency, setup, and other situations for which a robot may not have been programmed.

Workplaces with very high pace of work have also been linked to higher worker injury, and AI technology can accelerate work pace, which raises some worries. In addition, a research study published in Labor Economics linked AI automation in the workplace with a higher risk of physical injury and mental health conditions, including isolation and depression, among workers.

It’s likely that this debate will continue for some time. In the meantime, if your job involves working with AI and you believe your work injury is related to the technology, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to schedule a consultation with a Miami workplace injury claims lawyer. Our family-based law firm can explore what caused your accident and can help you determine whether you have a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim. Our compassionate team is here to answer your questions and help you seek financial recovery if you’ve been injured.

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