Risk & Insurance Magazine Discusses Importance of Wearables

December 11, 2020

Aon’s Scott Smith and MakuSafe’s Tom West Stress the Importance of Using Wearables to Get Actionable Data

Technology has advanced to the point that employers can pinpoint causes of injury and develop targeted safety improvements.

By: Annemarie Mannion | December 9, 2020

The world is becoming more data-driven, and that trend is seen in workplace safety advancements. The potential to better objectively identify and understand risks and ensure safety is being propelled by technology beyond what the eye can see or what the mind assumes it knows.

In a digital session at the National Ergonomics Conference, “Using Advanced Wearables and 3D Dynamic Biomechanical Modeling,” two experts used real-life examples to illustrate how safety hazards are being mitigated by incorporating the newest innovations in wearable safety technology, machine learning, AI and cloud computing.

Given the number of ergonomic-related injuries in the workplace and ample associated costs, the need for better ways to predict or resolve potential hazards is evident, said Scott Smith, director of ergonomics for Aon Global Risk Consulting.

Aon studied $1.4 billion worth of workers’ compensation claims and found that injuries involving poor ergonomics account for 51% of the total incurred cost of those injuries. The average organization’s losses amount to $6.75 million per year to deal with ergonomics-related injuries.

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