$800K for Radwin study of repetitive motion injury
In a new two-year study, an interdisciplinary team led by Industrial and Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Professor Robert Radwin will develop an innovative digital video processing device to automatically monitor hazardous exposures to repetitive motion in the workplace, similar to how sound level meters monitor noisy spaces. The project has received a total of $800,000 in grants from the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
Radwin says the monitoring device will be most useful in industries with high injury rates where workers do intensive repetitive work with their hands, such as food and meat processing, construction, and service and manufacturing. Repetitive motion accounts for nearly $2 billion in workers compensation costs per year. Project members include Radwin, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Yu Hen Hu, Mechanical Engineering Professor Darryl Thelen, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics Professor Mary Lindstrom and Biomedical Engineering Associate Instrumentation Innovator Tom Yen.