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Workers' comp apps help employers improve safety, manage claims

As smartphones become more and more prevalent to our everyday lives, phone apps are entering the market that offer employers workplace safety and workers' compensation management tools. These products aim to improve safety communication between employers and employees and to streamline the workers' compensation process.

These apps could revolutionize how employers report to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) and how worker injuries are handled with the Workers' Compensation Administration and state departments. Will these products be embraced by industries that are typically slow to embrace change?

Currently there are three safety and workers' comp apps that are being tested in smaller markets: Safesite, OSHAlogs and iReportSource. All three of these companies have reported marked success in their test markets.

"Our market research was pretty conclusive," said Christi Brown, CEO of iReportSource. "Employers needed a better way to manage their safety and workers' comp programs. The traditional pen and paper, manual systems, shared drives, email etc., would not work as the landscape of business has started to become mobile and without borders."

The iReportSource app was presented at the 2016 Ohio Safety Congress and generated a large amount of interest. They are planning a return to this year's congress to present the website portal associated with the app.

On the workplace safety side, Safesite and OSHAlogs offer safety management assistance to employers. Safesite, an Australian-based company, has reduced workplace accidents by 19 percent since launching in their test markets three years ago. OSHAlogs offers users "a secure, web-based application that enables employers to create each state's first report of injury, track injuries, print all required OSHA Reports, and view injury metrics in real time."

Time will tell whether these industries embrace this new technology, bringing workplace safety and workers' compensation away from paper and pen and into the digital age.

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