Wearable Technology Reduces Back Strain
Scaffolding supplier HAKI Denmark is pioneering smart harnesses to reduce injuries to the back suffered by employees of its two divisions.
The BackX harnesses from EXOWEAR relieve and reduce, fatigue and wear in the lumbar spine region for HAKI operatives who typically lift components that weigh between 0.5Kg and 15Kg. To reduce impact to the lower back workers can wear the one-size-fits-all BackX harness, which helps operatives lift loads of up to 15kg.
Henrik Christensen, country manager in Denmark for HAKI explains why the company is one of the first to trial the solution:
“Employee safety and wellbeing are essential to our strategy at HAKI. Obtaining two of EXOWEAR’s BackX skeleton harnesses was a natural step for us and is part of our ongoing pursuit to assure our operatives are safe at work.
“The BackX harness fits so well it feels like a second skin.
“From a wellbeing point of view, workers can lift up to 15kg with little impact to the lumbar spine which is having a noticeable, beneficial effect on morale and is enabling them to work better and more safely.”
On completion of the trial, the company expects to distribute the harness to all of its site-based employees, with Christensen vowing to encourage other scaffolding and construction service providers to follow HAKI’s example.