In any industry, safety in the workplace is important. In 2012, the Department of Labor challenged the public to design an electronic tool to help workers better understand safety and accident prevention and help younger workers understand important rights in the workplace. In January 2013, these four tools won the contest:
- Working Safely is No Accident: Aimed at workers between the ages of 13 and 24, this informative website was developed by the University of Tennessee Construction Industry Research and Policy Center and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Winner of the $15,000 grand prize, this site is full of relevant, well-delivered information on safety tips, preventing fatal injury and understanding your right to a safe place to work.
- Chemical Safety Application: Awarded a $6,000 prize, this application was designed by the United Steelworkers and is offered free from iTunes. Offering material safety data sheets and a wealth of exposure and safety information, this app also includes emergency information concerning hazardous substances.
- Worker Rights: No Jack is a clever website developed by the Montana State Fund, a Worker compensation insurer, to inform workers 16 through 24 years of age about their right and responsibilities in the workplace to stay safe.
- Ergonomics: Designed by Sidharth Garg, this app won a $3,000 prize as an on-the-go resource for advice on stretches and activities to maintain health and musculoskeletal flexibility while at work.
Whether young or old, safety in the workplace is indeed no accident. Most people spend a great deal of time at work, so make sure your jobsite is safe. And if injured, always obtain experienced legal advice.