DorsaVi bags UK deal

Published at Jan 29, 2016, in Features

Medical device company DorsaVi (ASX:DVL) has bagged a third contract with the London Underground rail network as the operators of one of the world’s largest transport systems try to solve an OH&S riddle.

The ASX-listed outfit is responsible for “ViSafe” technology, which is a series of sensors which can be applied to workers to help analyse how they are moving throughout the day.

With the motion data captured, DVL is then able to generate insights into which actions could be causing stress to the body and which tasks could lead to injury.

The latest contract with Transport for London, operator of the London Underground, is for £100,000 ($A202,768).

It will apply the sensors to its workers to help figure out how to better work in a way which lessens the chances of workers getting musculoskeletal injuries.

In particular, Transport of London will be measuring stress to workers’ lower backs and shoulders while train drivers will be measured for the impact vibration of the train has on their muscles.

According to DVL, the UK Health and Safety Executive showed that 9.5 million working hours were lost in the 2015 financial year due to musculoskeletal injury, with manual handling work the main culprit.

More than half a million of these were injuries sustained in the workplace.

DVL is hoping its tech will allow employers to get a better idea of how their workers could potentially be injured while on the job, with the data to inform better work practices to lessen lost time due to injury.

“It’s great to see the transport sector embracing innovative technologies to reduce risk and improve productivity,” Zoe Whyatt from DorsaVi’s European office said.

“Wearable tech is dominating the health and leisure market and ViSafe has packaged powerful and highly sophisticated movement technology into miniature wireless sensors that allow data to be captured in the field in real time.”

About DorsaVi (ASX:DVL)

DorsaVi (ASX:DVL) is an ASX company focused on developing innovative motion analysis device technologies for use in elite sports, occupational health and safety, and clinical applications.

DorsaVi believes its wearable sensor technology enables – for the first time – many aspects of detailed human movement and position to be accurately captured, quantified and assessed outside a biomechanics lab, in both real-time and real situations for up to 24 hours.

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