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Occupational exoskeletons — what can they contribute to MSD prevention?


Source: XoTrunk – INAIL/Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) project on collaborative exoskeletons

Occupational exoskeletons are wearable assistive devices that can reduce physical strain at work. They can offer a solution where other technical, organisational or ergonomic design measures are not enough. Yet their use remains limited. Human-centred design and biomechanical risk assessment are key to ensuring the acceptance and wider uptake of these devices, and their effectiveness in MSD prevention.

A new article explores the findings of a joint INAIL-IIT project looking at exoskeletons and how to maximise their potential to reduce work-related MSDs.

Download the discussion paper on occupational exoskeletons and MSD prevention

Explore the impact of exoskeletons on occupational safety and health

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