Each year, millions of people injure their backs in the workplace. Back injuries account for nearly a quarter of all workers compensation claims costing billions of dollars annually. One possible reason for this is the complex nature of lifting; many people do not realize that they are lifting in an unsafe manner and that injury can occur from seemingly simple lifts.
Musculoskeletal damage is difficult for employers to monitor in the workplace. It is often necessary to hire a trained ergonomics expert to accurately assess the workers risks. While an experts recommendations are wonderful, after several days the subject may not remember the egonomist’s advice.
Instead, we propose a real-time monitoring device capable of monitoring the workers postures and providing instant feedback. This project aimed to predict back stresses for basic movements.