MākuSafe Hosts Engage 23 Annual Users Summit in Des Moines

September 28, 2023

For Immediate Release:

West Des Moines, IA – MākuSafe recently held its annual Engage Users Summit at The River Center in Downtown Des Moines, attracting attendees in-person and virtually from organizations across the country. The focus of the conference was centered on optimizing safety management and accelerating human and organizational performance (HOP) efforts through the use of MakuSafe wearable technology. MakuSafe is a connected worker and safety intelligence solution that provides leading indicator EHS data which has tremendous impact in reducing workplace risks and hazards, and optimizing productivity. Attendees heard perspectives from industrial safety professionals, risk management teams and front-line workers, in addition to hearing about future developments in MākuSafe technology. The annual event reached maximum capacity and was a sell out for the third year in a row.

Well-Aligned Partnerships

The conference was made possible with the support of generous sponsors and partners, most notably, EMC Insurance Companies was the lead sponsor for the third year in a row. MākuSafe and EMC have been close partners for several years now and EMC’s mission to “improve lives” is well aligned with MākuSafe’s goal to send more workers home safely each day. EMC has worked with MākuSafe to help its worker’s compensation clients reduce the frequency and severity of industrial accidents and injuries. Other sponsors included CIRAS, Henriott Group, Athletico, and Safeopedia.com. 

Demonstrated Impact and Success Stories

Presentations throughout the day highlighted MākuSafe client success stories and use cases with wearable technology. Users quantified losses avoided or benefits being realized by their organizations. MākuSafe has been shown to reduce claims frequency by up to 90% and severity by as much as 50%. Impact was illustrated around reducing strain and exertion injuries and preventing musculoskeletal disorders, lower incident rates, reduced workers compensation premiums, preventing harmful heat and noise exposure, and identifying poor air quality concerns. Gains in efficiency and productivity by integrating the connected worker into smart factories and advanced manufacturing environments were also explained. 

Presenters Share Diverse Safety Perspectives

MākuSafe’s Technology Team shared exciting new capabilities and developments in their hardware and software, as well as a future development roadmap. Rod Courtney, CHST, CUSP, WCLS delivered an energetic and informative morning keynote presentation. Courtney is an Amazon best selling author of The 8 Habits Of Highly Effective Safety Culture. Corrie Pitzer, CEO of SafeMap International, delivered a thought provoking afternoon keynote as well as a short session on measuring culture. The National Safety Council (NSC) was represented as was the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA). Doug Fletcher of Fletcher Safety Consulting and host of the What’s The Hazard Podcast led a robust discussion with Peter Susca of OpX Safety.

Attendees commented; “Outstanding Summit, MākuSafe is continuing to evolve and improve the features of the technology. Very impressive.” “Every year we bring our leadership team, and leave with notebooks full of ideas and action items. This isn’t just celebrating MakuSafe, but how we improve our business.” “MakuSafe brings together the thought leaders in Health & Safety, and we come to learn how to do safety differently.” “This company is making their product better and better, and I continue to be impressed. This is the future of safety.”

“I really enjoyed the ties to HOP, psychological safety, SIF prevention, and building culture.” “This conference exceeded my expectations! Well done (EVERY DETAIL!) by the MākuSafe team!!!”

Planning for the 2024 event is already underway. The call for speakers will open in January 2024 and can be accessed at makusafe.com/engage23.

About MākuSafe 

MākuSafe is an award-winning safety data and analytics company with a mission to improve worker health, safety, and productivity while reducing worker compensation claims and mitigating workplace hazards and risk exposures. Learn more at www.makusafe.com.


MākuSafe is wearable tech combined with a robust analytics platform for reduced accidents/injuries, increased efficiency & productivity. The wearable contains sensors monitoring environmental/IH hazards, ergo risk, location/proximity, and voice reported observations from the front lines.