Preventing Worker Injury with Wearable Sensor Technology

At WFR, we understand that the workplace is an ever-evolving environment, as such we constantly seek innovative solutions to bolster safety and productivity. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) have long been a persistent challenge for organisations, affecting the health of employees and imposing substantial financial burdens. In response to this ongoing concern, we are proud to introduce our latest advancement: wearable technology integrated into our suite of musculoskeletal risk solutions.

So, how does it work?

Combining non-invasive wearable technology with an intuitive iPad app to capture critical musculoskeletal data, wireless sensors are strategically placed on five key areas of the body, enabling us to collect objective and verifiable data. This data forms the foundation of a comprehensive analysis of injury risks associated with various task movements, loads, actions, and postures. Furthermore, our solution incorporates additional metrics such as repetitions, perceived load, task duration, and individual factors, contributing to thorough task analyses and consequential score reports.

The applications of our wearable technology are far-reaching and offer the potential to revolutionise workplace safety practices across industries. Here’s how it can benefit your business:

Manual Task Coaching: Wearable Tech empowers you to identify and address high-risk manual tasks. By providing real-time data and immediate feedback, it enables your employees to make critical adjustments to their posture and actions during tasks, effectively reducing the risk of developing MSDs.

Job Role Profile: By creating a comprehensive job role/task dictionary, you can gain a deeper understanding of the physical demands associated with different roles. This knowledge allows for informed decisions about task allocation and staffing.

Job Risk Analysis: The technology assists in conducting thorough job risk analyses, helping your organization proactively identify and mitigate potential hazards. By providing quantifiable data, it allows for the development of strategies to reduce the risk of injuries.

Return to Work Assessments: For employees who have been on medical leave due to MSDs, wearable technology plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation process. It offers data-driven insights that guide a safe and effective return to work.

Validation of Controls: Our solution allows you to validate the effectiveness of the Hierarchy of Controls implemented in your workplaces. This ensures that safety measures are genuinely reducing risks and safeguarding your employees’ health.

In-Task Manual Handling Coaching: The technology provides real-time coaching, helping your employees maintain proper posture and movement during tasks, ultimately reducing the likelihood of developing MSDs.

At WFR, our commitment to providing comprehensive musculoskeletal risk solutions goes beyond the technology itself. Our team of experienced Exercise Physiologists and proven Injury Prevention Programs are integral components of our approach. By combining wearable technology with our workplace wellbeing expertise, we ensure that businesses have the tools and guidance needed to reduce workplace risks and prevent worker injuries effectively.

With 25 years of experience in the field, WFR has solidified its reputation as a leading provider of musculoskeletal risk and employee well-being solutions. Our team collaborate closely with operational teams to implement various initiatives on-site, ensuring that businesses and their employees not only survive but thrive in their work environments.

To explore the full potential of WFR’s wearable technology offering and how it can benefit your business, please get in touch today.

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