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Advances in flashlight technology keep workers safe

Many industrial workers rely on lanterns and flashlights to see in low-light work environments, and advancements in lighting technology keep them safer. Minnesota employers and employees alike might benefit from knowing about these enhanced lighting technologies.

Some industrial workers need high-quality lanterns or flashlights to produce extremely bright lights in visually challenging conditions. Continued developments in LED technology have allowed manufacturers to produce high lumen products that maintain high candela levels and long operation periods. This allows the products to function like floodlights, lighting up full work areas and illuminating potential dangers to improve safety.

Advancements in scene lighting are easy to transport and store. Construction workers can set them up in seconds, and some of these products have rotating heads that extend like telescope poles and have stabilizing leg supports that lock into place, even on uneven surfaces. Scene lighting is optimal for illuminating open environments but is flexible for use in pits or manholes to increase visibility in dark, tight spaces.

USB flashlights are an option that save time and eliminate the need for batteries. They are easy, convenient and quick because they allow workers to recharge on the go via AC wall adapters or USB ports. Furthermore, innovations in headlamp technology are making the products more lightweight and easier for professionals to use when they need a hands-free option. Headlamps can fit on a hard hat or on the head and are ideal for cramped spaces.

Minnesota workers who do not receive the lighting that they need to ensure their safety could become injured. If this happens, they may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. Many injured workers obtain the assistance of an attorney when preparing and filing the required claim.

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