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Fatigue-busting exoskeleton launched for workers

Comau's exoskeleton

A tech firm has come up with a quirky new way to help prevent injury to manual workers.

The exoskeleton, called Mate Fit for Work, can be worn by workers to support their arms and backs, lowering the risk of back injury – one of the most common construction injuries.

Designed by Comau, the ergonomic back and shoulder support is designed to work like “a second skin”, mimicking the wearer’s movements and allowing them to perform repetitive tasks safely for longer.

“We are particularly proud to have developed this innovative wearable technology,” said Comau vice president for Robotics and Automation Products Tobias Daniel.

“We believe that the industrial sector will represent about one third of the exoskeleton’s applications.”

It is the latest tech aiming to combat fatigue in manual and construction workers. Last year contractor Bam Nuttall trialled a wearable band which alerts workers when they become dangerously tired.

In April, thousands of construction workers across the UK downed tools for the industry’s annual Stop. Make a Change event, which shines a light on fatigue among other issues.

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