The Current Challenge with Data Capture
In today’s digital world, data is power. However, when it comes to capturing data for ergonomic risk assessments, we’re often stuck in the analog age. Traditional manual methods are fraught with challenges – they are time-consuming, limited in scope, and can lead to inaccurate data due to observational bias and the Hawthorne effect. The Hawthorne effect is a phenomenon where people modify their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed, which can significantly skew data results. With manual assessments typically achieving only 70% accuracy and requiring a one-to-one approach, the resulting data is often based on a small sample size, offering an incomplete picture for calculating risk severity scores and key performance indicators (KPIs). The limited data coverage often leaves organizations reacting to injuries after they occur, rather than proactively identifying and mitigating risks.
The Limitations of Existing Tech Solutions
There are technology solutions on the market that address ergonomic risks, albeit to a limited extent. Single-point sensors, for example, offer a degree of efficiency and automation but don’t provide the comprehensive data needed to assess the full range of ergonomic risks. These sensors often fall short in providing a detailed, comprehensive view of a worker’s movements and interactions, often just showing one body part. A comprehensive approach across multiple body parts is critical to creating a complete risk profile.
The Computer Vision Alternative
Computer vision solutions have emerged as another method of gathering data. By analyzing video footage, they can identify and record certain risky movements or behaviors. However, this approach comes with its own limitations. Video files are often restricted to approximately four minutes and require optimal angles for accurate analysis. Moreover, human intervention is needed to record the assessment review and interpret the video data, limiting scalability and remaining prone to observation bias and the Hawthorne effect.
LifeBooster’s Unique Approach
LifeBooster has tackled the data capture problem in a unique and innovative manner. Our multi-point sensor approach focuses on upper body movements, where most musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) occur. Workers can wear our sensors for up to twelve hours, capturing granular data, without human intervention and the need for someone to follow them around. This comprehensive data capture provides a detailed, actionable view of ergonomic and heat stress risks across your entire workforce.
Why LifeBooster’s Method Works
By capturing granular data on a broad scale, LifeBooster delivers a rich, accurate data set that empowers organizations to be proactive in identifying and mitigating ergonomic risks. Our technology overcomes the limitations of manual methods, single-point sensors, and computer vision solutions, providing a more complete and accurate view of ergonomic risk.
Deploying LifeBooster’s solution is easy and requires minimal support. Our wearable sensors are as simple to use as putting on a watch at the start of a shift and taking it off at the end. This ease of use encourages worker compliance, ensuring you capture all the data you need to keep your workforce safe and healthy.
A Comprehensive Risk Analytics Platform: Empowering Every Level of Your Organization
Following on from our unique data capture approach, LifeBooster’s risk analytics platform is designed to cater to multiple users across your organization – from management making key decisions on priorities and investment to safety professionals acting to protect workers from injuries and assessors tasked with capturing, recording and interpreting data.
The platform’s power lies in its ability to analyze data captured at scale from across the entire organization. With LifeBooster, the vast amounts of granular data collected is quickly and efficiently processed, providing accurate risk severity scores and valuable insights. As a result, you’ll gain an understanding of your organization’s risk landscape, allowing you to manage by exception and focus your valuable time and efforts on high-risk areas.
Through the use of our risk analytics platform, your organization can shift from a reactive to a proactive approach to risk management, significantly reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) and heat stress injuries.
It’s important to note that the strength and value of any analytics solution are heavily predicated on the quality and quantity of data it has to work with. This is why LifeBooster has placed so much emphasis on data capture. By combining comprehensive data capture across your organization, at scale, with a robust analytics platform, we’re providing EHS organizations with the tools they need to make informed, data-driven decisions that actively improve workplace safety and wellbeing.
At LifeBooster, we firmly believe that the key to transformative digital innovation in EHS lies in the unification of robust data capture and powerful analytics. Our comprehensive solution is designed to provide the insights you need, when you need them, to make the most informed decisions about worker safety.
In a world where we leverage technology to speed up virtually every aspect of our personal and professional lives, it’s time we bring the same approach to data capture for ergonomic assessments. LifeBooster’s innovative, comprehensive, and user-friendly solution allows you to do just that, empowering you to take control of your workplace’s ergonomic health and safety.
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