Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) are a big problem for many businesses. WMSDs are a group of painful disorders of muscles, tendons, and nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and tension neck syndrome are examples. Each year, more than 650,000 reported cases of WMSD represent 33% of every dollar spent on workers compensation. That results in around $50 billion in lost productivity annually in the U.S., and nearly 70 million physician office visits each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, more businesses are employing ergonomics researchers to closely examine personal lift assist devices.
One such device is the Airframe™, an exoskeleton made by San Diego-based Levitate Technologies. This fire-resistant upper body robotic exoskeleton is capable of lowering exertion levels by up to 80% when you carry out physically taxing work.