A start-up company from Vancouver, British Columbia is creating the next generation of health and safety gear.
LifeBooster Inc. is creating a line of wearable devices in the form of comfortable t-shirts that are to be worn as preventative safety equipment in the industrial workplace. They will be used as a real-time safety monitoring system that combines seamlessly integrated bio-sensors within high performance apparel in order to predict and prevent workplace accidents.
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Having customizable systems, these wearable’s will be able to provide alerts and recommendations that are specific to certain workplace environments and employee teams. Unlike traditional reactive-based safety programs, LifeBooster’s product will bring insight into the root cause of injuries and prevents accidents from occurring in the first place.
“We equip our clients with the ability to analyze and proactively respond to preventable musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue-related injuries that would otherwise result in WCB claims,” says Bryan Statham, Co-Founder of LifeBooster Inc. “We are doing this through the use of wearable technology that measures basic biometrics, muscle movement and exertion, and postural analysis.”
One of LifeBooster’s projects includes developing a shirt that helps industrial companies effectively assess Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI) risks, therefore reducing time loss from work of injured workers, and helping workers manage their disabilities while on the job site.
“Our goal is to help supplement the already existing risk assessment, return-to-work, and disability management programs that companies have in place, but provide a tool that will offer real-time medical grade analysis as well as high level data and preventative insight that has never been used before. Our system provides the most relevant and detailed information about an injury to health and safety teams and physicians in order to help expedite the rehabilitative process.”
This system is in the form of a secure software platform, where data from these shirts will be sent to after the end of the workday. Wearers can log in and view their personal body metrics giving them the ability to discover where improvements can be made in their daily work activity, and which movements or duties are putting them most at risk for injury. If desired, wearers can even share this data with a physician in order to gain more insight.
LifeBooster Inc. just recently finished a project in collaboration with Emily Carr University, where five prototypes were created and tested by students.
So, what’s next? “With these prototypes complete, our next step will be to complete our co-creation study with the help of Emily Carr University,” Bryan says. “After that is complete, we’re very excited to begin working with industrial companies to put pilot programs into place. We’re expecting to begin these programs this March.”
For more information about LifeBooster Inc., please visit www.lifebooster.ca, or contact Bryan Statham.