National Safety Council MSD Solutions Lab Launches Inaugural Innovation Challenge
Groundbreaking initiative convenes leading-edge companies to address most common workplace injury
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Advancing its mission to unite business leaders and safety innovators worldwide to prevent musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs, the National Safety Council MSD Solutions Lab launched its first-ever Safety Innovation Challenge in San Diego during the annual NSC Safety Congress & Expo. Hosted in collaboration with Safetytech Accelerator, the challenge represents the latest initiative from the MSD Solutions Lab – a groundbreaking program established in 2021 with Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) – and spotlighted six leading technology firms from around the globe as they presented new MSD solutions.
"Global collaboration and innovative thinking are the pillars on which the MSD Solutions Lab is built, and the inaugural Safety Innovation Challenge is an important step forward in our effort to eliminate these debilitating injuries," said Paul Vincent, NSC executive vice president of workplace practice. "Ultimately, our goal is more than just pioneering research and amplifying next-generation safety solutions, it's all about ensuring advancements in MSD prevention are rapidly scaled to benefit workers at all workplaces, so they can live their fullest lives on and off the clock."
"Innovation is a key element of what we call the Amazon Safety flywheel, with technology being a cornerstone of our safety programs," said Heather MacDougall, vice president of Worldwide Workplace Health and Safety at Amazon. "We are honored to support the Safety Innovation Challenge to drive meaningful MSD innovations, and we look forward to identifying and learning about new solutions to common safety issues facing employers across the industry."
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 exposures to repetitive, forceful exertions like heavy lifting. Recognizing the scope and complexity of this omnipresent safety issue, Safetytech Accelerato initially sourced over 100 technology companies with MSD solutions ranging from vision analytics, collaborative robots, wearables and exoskeletons, and selected six finalists with NSC for the Safety Innovation Challenge. Each finalist presented a unique approach to detecting, moving and transporting objects more safely in industrial workplaces. Following the challenge, several of these technology solutions will have the opportunity to be piloted by the nation's leading employers.
"We have been truly impressed by the range and quality of solutions that entrepreneurs all around the world are developing to help prevent MSDs," said Dr. Maurizio Pilu, managing director of Safetytech Accelerator. "The selection of the six candidates to participate in the challenge was not easy given the pool of great solutions we saw, but we believe that the companies selected represent some of the best examples of technology-enabled MSD prevention out there."
This year's Safety Innovation Challenge participants included the following safety-focused technology companies:
"MiR was delighted to participate in the Safety Innovation Challenge and present our automated mobile robot technology to highlight the impact of MSDs in the workplace," said Bryan Kelly, sales director of MiR Robotics. "It is our hope to educate people on how to make the manufacturing and warehouse environment safer."
The Safety Innovation Challenge is one of several initiatives launching this year by the MSD Solutions Lab to achieve its goal of preventing MSDs before they start. To learn more about these efforts, visit https://www.nsc.org/msd.
About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is America's leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for more than 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.
About Safetytech Accelerator
Safetytech Accelerator is a non-profit established by Lloyd's Register and the Lloyd's Register Foundation. It is the first fully dedicated technology accelerator focused on safety and risk in industrial sectors, with a mission to make the world safer and more sustainable through wider adoption of technology.
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