Safety Technology for High-Risk Occupations and a Multi-Generational Workforce

Ergonomics |
Written by Kevin Lombardo

Across industries, EHS professionals are always looking for new ways to mitigate injury risks, cut rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and improve overall safety and wellness outcomes for employees. Increased investment in safety technology has become a driving force in today’s safety world, helping employers identify risks and address hazards while cutting down on operational and workers’ compensation costs. Recent data aggregated by the National Safety Council (NSC) illustrates both the growing importance of safety tech and the opportunities that remain for organizations to expand their use of technology:

  • 41% of workers reported that monitoring wearable devices would help decrease their risk of an injury
  • 18% of employers are currently using these monitoring devices
  • 77% of workers reported experiencing work-related fatigue
  • 19% of employers are currently using fatigue-monitoring technology

It’s clear that while employers are growing more and more aware of the power of technology to improve safety outcomes, there is plenty of room for further investment and opportunities for creating safer, healthier, and more productive workplaces.

In the latest episode of the DORN Injury Prevention Academy Podcast, host Kathryn Gourley meets with Mark Heaysman, CEO of Longitude6 based in Melbourne, Australia. Longitude6 develops innovative solutions aimed at reducing the rates and costs of manual handling injuries, including MSDs and other common injury types. With a long track record of success in leadership positions, Mark specializes in helping companies analyze their unique workplace risks, building a ground-up understanding of how an organization functions and how its employees accomplish their goals. Using an approach he calls the Delta Method, Longitude6 utilizes a holistic analytic perspective specializing in high-risk occupations across sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, mining, emergency services, infrastructure, and logistics.

Technology is a vital component of Mark’s work with Longitude6 and its clients, and his work focuses on anticipating global trends and developing creative technology solutions that help keep employers ahead of the safety curve.

Catch the podcast here:

In this episode, we cover:

  • How technology can guide best safety practices and why employers shouldn’t hesitate to adopt tech solutions
  • How employers with global workforces can communicate and reinforce best practices around the world
  • Why technology is essential in managing safety for a multi-generational workforce
  • How wearable technology informs stronger ergonomic safety programs and reduces MSD rates

Watch the DORN Injury Prevention Academy Podcast on YouTube and subscribe to the DORN Companies channel to catch new episodes as they’re released. 

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About the Author

Kevin Lombardo

CEO & President at DORN Companies
Kevin is Senior Executive and widely recognized thought leader in workers’ compensation and Total Worker Wellness with a focus on workplace injury prevention and on-site innovative therapy solutions.
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