Exoskeleton to Reduce Worker Fatigue

The site team have been using an exoskeleton suit which helps with fatigue when it comes to overhead working and transfers the strain from the operative’s neck and shoulders down to their hips.

Musculoskeletal disorders are commonplace in construction and with the introduction of this item, it’s an issue that no longer needs to be considered a by-product of working in this industry. According to statistics from HSE, there were 498,000 workers reported to be suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2018/19 with 41% relating to upper limbs and neck. Altogether the HSE reports that 6.9 million working days were lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2018/19.

Exoskeletons are an example of how technology can integrate with the human workforce. Using the  exoskeleton, businesses can reduce the downtime associated with time off due to fatigue and strain, and reduce the costs associated with replacing workers.

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Monitor Report. Balfour Beatty. Edinburgh. December 2020.

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