Helmet placed on floor in front of machinery.
Developed through its W² Labs programme, Wiltshire-based Wincanton have begun using wearable technology and artificial intelligence to improve health and safety in the warehouse, reducing spine hazards per hour by 30 per cent.

Poor manual handling technique is the main cause of reportable accidents across the logistics industry, with ergonomic injuries responsible for 33 per cent of all workplace injuries and more than 55 per cent of injury costs.

In 2019 the Wincanton W2 Labs programme focused on safety, encouraging start-ups and emerging suppliers to pitch ideas for how digitisation can drive improvement across the supply chain. “This brings together some of the brightest minds and disrupters to champion new ideas, and tackle industry challenges in innovative ways,” the company said.

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