LifeBooster and Coventry University collaborate to reduce workplace injury

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James Shippen workplace musculoskeletal injuries

April 1, 2016

Vancouver, BC – LifeBooster is pleased to announce a strategic R&D collaboration with Coventry University and James Shippen, doctor of mechanical engineering, in the area of predicting muscle activation and fatigue under challenging work environments. The result of this collaboration will enhance the ability to forewarn the risk of Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) across different demographics of the working population.

Despite advances in company safety programs, embracing of safety culture, and thorough ergonomic assessments in engineering processes, MSD cost U.S. enterprises $21.21B in direct costs for 2014 alone. The indirect cost can be even more substantial as they can add 10 times the direct cost to the total injury cost. In addition, the lasting impact on the emotional and physical health and overall well-being of injured employees and their families is beyond measurement.

“The application of biomechanics within the workplace has the potential to revolutionise the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and significantly enhance the recovery process to speed injured employees back into a productive role to the benefit of the employer and employee alike. I look forward to working closely with LifeBooster on the realisation of a world-leading system which will capitalise on their extensive expertise of data capture hardware and my background in analytical biomechanics,” said Shippen.

Shippen currently leads the Biomechanics research group at Coventry University, England at which he runs a motion analysis laboratory and writes biomechanical analysis software, including the musculoskeletal model called Bob (Biomechanics of Bodies). Shippen was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering by the University of Birmingham, England for his contributions to the field, and has subsequently worked in the defense, automotive and medical industries primarily on the fields of dynamics mathematical modelling and simulation. He specializes in applying engineering principles within biomechanical environments and developing analysis code, and has worked in collaboration with clinical laboratories across Europe and the USA in researching and publishing many papers in the field of bio-mechanics.

“With James Shippen’s expertise in musculoskeletal modelling of the body and muscle activation, combined with the depth and variety of motion and environmental data of physical workers collected by the ErgoSenz system, our ability to accurately predict the risk of injury will be raised to a new paradigm,” said Lawrence Chee, CTO & Vice President Engineering of LifeBooster. “Leveraging big-data analytics and technology for the benefit of the working population to ensure healthy lives and save the economy billions of dollars in injury costs makes our collaboration a very rewarding endeavour.”

About LifeBooster

LifeBooster’s ErgoSenzTM is an injury prevention system designed to help employees avoid injuries and allow employers to save on insurance costs related to workplace injuries. Incorporating the latest in wireless motion and environmental sensors, the cloud-based Injury RIsk Sensing (IRISTM) analytics engine analyzes the constant stream of sensor data with a series of advanced predictive algorithms. Real-time alerts are issued when a high risk of MSD is detected. A web-based dashboard enables the occupational health and safety officers to have full situational awareness on their entire physical workforce against the risk of MSD.

LifeBooster’s mission is to eliminate preventable injuries and improve the health and safety of all employees in the workplace by leveraging the latest in advanced technologies.


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