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Selective Insurance unveils ergonomic risk assessment tool

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A New Jersey-based insurance company has introduced an ergonomic risk assessment tool for customers that it says will help decrease workers compensation claims.

The tool, developed by San Mateo, California-based TuMeke Ergonomics, is being made available to workers comp insurance policyholders of Branchville, New Jersey-based Selective Insurance Group Inc.

The tool enables employers to use a smartphone to record workers during task completion to try to identify high-risk body positions and motions that could lead to injuries, with the ultimate goal being reducing comp claims.

The artificial intelligence software works by reviewing job-site camera footage and building out a detailed 3D model of the human body moving through space.

Customers using the tool receive a report that contains findings and suggestions on ways to reduce worksite musculoskeletal pain and injury risks.

The insurer says the new tool will help companies identify hazardous employee behaviors, mostly in labor-intensive industries.

According to Selective Insurance, musculoskeletal injuries can account for about 30% of a company’s workers comp costs.

Selective says the risk assessment tool is available at no cost to its comp policyholders.