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Back Pain

An urgent global health problem. Around 540 million people worldwide suffer from lower back pain.

Number One Health Issue

It predominantly affects middle-aged people, on average more women than men, and is the main reason for occupational disability. Most often caused by physical strain from lifting and carrying at work.
 

Production Loss

According to the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), musculoskeletal injuries (MSD) account for 23% of all sick days in Germany and lead to an estimated loss in production of 10 billion EUR and an annual gross loss of 17 billion EUR.
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Working Conditions

Figures from the 2015 European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) are alarming: 32% of European workers move heavy objects in over 25% of their work. Furthermore, 42% find themselves in painful or tiring positions 25% of the time at work.
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Do you lift or carry heavy loads at work?

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43% of respondents complain of back pain – that equates to 110 m out of 259 m European workers.
 

The figures are even more dramatic against the backdrop of an aging population and a noticeable shortage of skilled workers in production. In some cases, aids such as forklifts or cranes could improve workers’ situation. However, often these static aids prove to be too inflexible in practice or the acquisition costs are comparatively high.

Also, our workplaces are far from having all work done by robots. An important early lesson is that not all kinds of human work can be economically replaced by full automation or robotic systems. This is where exoskeletons can help – whether it’s lifting heavy loads in logistics, the care sector or on the production line.