Last month we had the honor of showcasing our wearable safety solution at the inaugural Safety Innovation Challenge, held at the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo in San Diego. Kinetic was one of six technology firms from around the world presenting solutions focused on risk prevention and elimination of workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
The Safety Innovation Challenge was hosted by the National Safety Council MSD Solutions Lab in collaboration with Safetytech Accelerator. It’s one of several initiatives the MSD Solutions Lab is launching this year to achieve its goal of preventing MSDs before they start, along with the MSD Pledge, which Kinetic joined this past summer.
Safetytech Accelerator, a non-profit technology-dedicated accelerator focused on safety and risk in industrial sectors, sourced over 100 technology companies with MSD solutions ranging from wearables to vision analytics to collaborative robots. Along with NSC, they selected the finalists for the challenge, who each presented their unique approach to detecting, moving, and transporting objects more safely in industrial workplaces.
MSDs are the most common workplace injury and represent the leading cause of worker disability, involuntary retirement, and limitations to gainful employment. These injuries include tendinitis, back strains, and sprains, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, and are often caused by exposure to repetitive, forceful exertions like heavy lifting.
At Kinetic, we’re on a mission to create a safer workplace and better life for workers on the industrial frontlines with our verified wearable safety platform, Reflex. Our goal is to eliminate one million injuries for the industrial workforce in 10 years.