Exoskeletons tipped to improve construction safety and efficiency

CONSTRUCTION Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has revealed its role in a project aimed at increasing adoption of exoskeletons in construction and industrial manufacturing SMEs.

The project, EXSKALLERATE, which is co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, has been tipped to enhance competitiveness and occupational health.

CSIC announced that a webinar event will take place on Thursday June 25 from 2-3pm and participants will hear from Dr Michiel de Looze of TNO, who will explain how exoskeleton adoption could benefit companies and address a potential power to reduce workload. InnovationQuarter will also introduce the EXSKALLERATE project.

Anton Duisterwinkel, coordinator of EXSKALLERATE at InnovationQuarter said, “People have to work for longer periods in our ageing society. We strive to help people in the manufacturing and building industries to do that in a healthy and happy way by accelerating the uptake of exoskeletons. Once established in these industries, we expect that other industries, such as logistics and agriculture, will follow rapidly.”

As many as 44 million workers in the European Union are thought to be affected by workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders.

CSIC’s director of innovation and engagement Lucy Black said, “Innovative wearable technology like exoskeleton devices have the potential to transform the construction and manufacturing industries by improving safety and efficiency, and reducing the long term costs associated with poor employee health and sickness.  It can support workers to increase their quality of life at work by decreasing the number of musculoskeletal injuries where heavy physical work can lead to severe health issues, reducing costs for a company in the long run.”

According to research conducted by the EXSKALLERATE partners, exoskeleton use could alleviate 10-40% of muscle peak loads for passive exoskeletons, and up to 80% for active.

To secure your place on the CSIC Exoskeleton Webinar being held on June 25, register online here.