5 reasons why you should include a SoterSpine trial in your next budget to reduce back injuries
SoterSpine is a wearable technology solution by Soter Analytics that helps industrial workers avoid musculoskeletal injury. It’s preventative, putting the worker in charge of their own progress by measuring their risk exposure and giving immediate insights to help improve their working techniques and behaviours.
1. Your colleagues are experiencing back or other musculoskeletal injuries and the workforce is aging
40,330 serious claims for body stressing events were reported to Safe Work Australia in 2016-17. The median claim amount for these injuries is $8,900 and it’s estimated that, additionally, it costs the employer 3X this amount in lost productivity.
This isn’t something that’s likely to go away any time soon. Safe Work Australia also measures that the frequency of serious claims increases as the workforce ages.
If this challenge exists in your workplace, and generic training videos and early treatment seems to be managing rather than solving the problem, you are likely investigating new solutions available that are preventing the injuries from occurring in the first place.
2. Your mission is to reach zero injuries and you are empowered to make it happen
3. You trust your colleagues to help you solve this problem
One of the challenges of implementing a wearable technology solution might be that you have thousands of workers across multiple sites and keeping on top of everyone using the solution could be a logistical nightmare.
Soter recognised this early in the development of the SoterSpine and decided to make a solution that engages every individual worker. Rather than having Managers or Health and Safety professionals telling workers what to do, SoterSpine puts each individual worker in charge of their own 10-15 day improvement program.
Engagement and satisfaction scores are very high, with more than 96% of workers giving positive ratings. Because the device is very accurate and also has a battery life of 30+ days, workers feel comfortable and trust the solution which leads to a 20-70% reduction in hazardous movements.
As a Health and Safety professional, you can use SoterSpine to engage thousands of your colleagues to achieve your Health and Safety goals. Say goodbye to the days where all the responsibility for injury prevention sits on your shoulders.
4. You love using data to make decisions
The average worker makes 507 movements per day (summary of movements) that are captured by the SoterSpine wearable device and 15% of these are measured to have been hazardous. Each worker uses the device for at least 10-days and hundreds or thousands of workers might go through the program, resulting in a large amount of data for you to analyse. This data that is a lot more accurate than the in-field visual assessments you’ll be replacing.
All this data is organised in an easy to use and comprehend online dashboard. From this, you’ll be able to identify job roles and tasks that significantly increase the risk of injury. Even more data is available in case you want to do an even deeper dive into the data, or you can work with Soter’s Ergonomics team and network of Occupational Health partners to find additional insights and build & implement new solutions.
5. This is the year where you take prevention to the next level
Trialling the SoterSpine solution is usually done with a subsection of workers that represents the wider workforce. Often, this is around 30-90 workers across a number of different job roles. The goal of a trial is to confirm that the solution works for your business and shows you how the results could be replicated in a larger rollout following the trial.
If you are interested in including a trial and/or a wider rollout in your next Health and Safety budget, please fill out the form below and someone from Soter will be in touch in the next 24 hours.