SoterSpine has developed a wearable device and mobile app that delivers personalized coaching to workers, reducing their hazardous movements by 30-70%. The wearable is a 2 x 3cm lightweight clip-on device and pairs with an app that reports real-time feedback to workers.
The company’s wearable device uses an inertial motion sensor and algorithms to identify when a worker bends, twists, or puts a force on their musculoskeletal system, and quantifies the movement to analyze if it’s a higher-risk movement that will cause risk to the worker. The data collected is both communicated to workers in real-time, and can also be leveraged by companies to identify higher-risk roles, tasks, and implement long-term solutions.
A recent collaboration between Travis Perkins Group and SoterSpine showed a reduction of manual handling injuries in the workplace by 55% over the last 12 months compared to the previous year.
“In one simple instance, the device highlighted that one of our colleagues was bending at a low level, roughly around 100 times a day, so by easily moving some things around we have saved around 26,000 high-risk bending movements in a year, you can appreciate that small device pointing us in the right direction.”Vimel Budhdev, Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Travis Perkins
Ergonomic injuries currently account for 33% of all workplace injuries and are responsible for more than 50% of injury costs incurred by companies. Existing injury prevention programs rely on subjective observations and compliance-focused training that is difficult to scale across large, diverse workforces.
The SoterSpine app is currently available on the App Store and Google Play. Learn more at www.soteranalytics.com.