Fighting Off Injuries To Up Floor Productivity

Fighting Off Injuries To Up Floor Productivity

When it comes to declining labor productivity, the main causes are lost working hours and high staff turnover. One way to solve these problems is to use technology or automation, but then a third problem arises in the implementation. Statistics show that at least 40% of all injuries in the logistics industry are caused by manual handling activities. Despite various regulations, safety training, and prevention technologies, work accidents remain a major cause of lost workdays. The heart is in people and their behavior. It is very difficult for everyone to follow the same procedure or move around safely when tired or stressed and there is no background image or sign to correct it. But what if the focus shifts to workers' behavior?

“At Soter Analytics, we approach the problem differently. To establish new precise lifting behavior, we provide workers with small portable devices to warn them of incorrect movements while they are working, which makes the learning process easier. Personalized training is provided via a mobile phone and the programs take approximately 10 days to complete. As a result, workers began to move and lift objects safely, without additional management intervention or tedious lessons. As a result, the risk of injury decreases with the number of man-days lost, promoting short- and long-term improvements,” starts Alexey Pavlenko, Co-Founder & CTO, Soter Analytics.

Keeping the necessary number of workers in place to meet all goals is a huge challenge. Especially for demanding jobs. On average, the logistics staff turnover rate is 1030%, while it takes 4 weeks to get a trained replacement and up to 3 weeks for it to be fully and effectively replaced. It takes time, puts more pressure on existing employees, and can lead to a loss of motivation for all parties, potentially leading to layoffs or resignations. It will never end!

The art of building employee loyalty comes in several forms: remuneration, colleagues, work environment, safety, etc. But it's all called appreciation and respect. When an employee recognizes an employer, who cares about their well-being, they are less likely to quit their job. “Soter Analytics solutions help companies invest in better human capital management. Providing quality and personalized ergonomic training shows how attentive employees are and above all to the health of their most important asset,” adds Pavlenko.

Many problems can be overcome with technologies that, even both, result in lost work hours and high turnover rates. However, innovations come before two large cybersecurity networks or extremely complex IT infrastructures and people. Even if a business finds a solution, implementation still takes too long, which often leads to an escalation of another problem. “When it comes to people, we must fight fear. It sometimes seems impossible to demonstrate the benefits of each new technology to the stakeholders. They will refuse it for 1,000 reasons, especially when technology invades their private space, “ goes on Pavlenko on a philosophical note.

To avoid this, we have created Soter solutions that are completely independent of the company's IT resources. They do not require a corporate WiFi connection. They don't require WiFi at all. Each device is equipped with a separate LTE connectivity module and can operate without a mobile phone, providing training material via a shared laptop. To increase worker acceptance of Soter solutions, all data collected by devices is non-personal and GPS-free.

Description: Soter analytics has been founded on the conviction that more should & could be done to help manual workers reduce their injury risk. New technologies can be used as enablers to develop groundbreaking occupational health and ergonomics solutions. Wearables, Mobile App, and AI technologies can all be used to better understand and inform workers. This frequent interaction is the key to develop long-lasting postural awareness and effectively reduce risk.