DorsaVi Ltd, a medical device company has won the UK Rail Industry Awards’ Design Innovation Award, in recognition of the Visafe workplace assessment project with the operator of the London Underground rail.
Transport for London teamed up with dorsaVi in June last year in an assessment program looking at their emergency response workers and their vehicles, which according to a press release were due for a replacement.
The ViSafe wearable sensor was utilised to gather data about the manual handling requirements of the trucks, which was then utilised to create an analysis of the cost and benefit of purchasing new equipment to minimise the risk of injuries.
dorsaVi’s ViSafe wearable sensor technology was used to collect objective data about the manual handling requirements of the current trucks, which then was used to inform a cost/benefit analysis of purchasing new equipment to reduce the risk of worker injury in the design of the new trucks.
The assessment involved a number of small sensors on the emergency response worker while working to measure the movement, posture, and associated muscle strain on workers’ lower back and shoulders.
The technology was able to identify the tasks that constituted the highest risks and provide recommendations to eliminate them.
Zoe Whyatt from dorsaVi Europe said:
“The UK Rail Industry Awards celebrate excellence and innovation across the industry, and we are honoured to have been recognised for our ViSafe project with Transport for London. In this project ViSafe data has helped Transport for London to actually design out risk in the new Emergency Repair Vehicles. By investing now, before the ERVs are designed shows a real commitment to implementing strategies that will have a long term positive impact on the number, nature and severity of injuries as a result of this manual handing work.’’
“It’s great to see the transport sector embracing innovative technologies to reduce risk and improve productivity. We believe ViSafe represents the next wave of wearable technology that will deliver essential data to influence the way we work and ultimately reduce mounting workplace injury and occupational health and safety costs globally,” she concluded.
Sean Watters, Emergency Response Manager at London Underground, said:
“Through our project with dorsaVi, we were able to objectively look at all of the pinch-points during our worker’s movements handling equipment in and out of our current ERVs. This showed us where the red flags were in terms of OHS risks and has provided invaluable data for designing our new fleet for optimal ergonomics. We look forward to continuing our work with dorsaVi.”