According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 64% of workplace injuries are related to musculoskeletal injuries such as back, shoulder and knee injuries. These are they types of injuries associated with lifting or moving heavy objects. The worker compensation for these injuries is a staggering $61 billion annually. As the saying goes, “There’s an app for that.”
Since 2015 Benjamin Kanner, CEO and founder of Worklete has been helping companies such as Penske Logistics and Nestlé train employees how to reduce such injuries by teaching them to “Work Like an Athlete.”
The Worklete smartphone app takes employees through 20 weeks of training broken up into 10, two-week modules. The app uses images and videos followed by short quizzes to teach workers everything from the basics of movement and posture to job-specific training. While week one covers the basics, the second part of each module is where the real strength of the app lies. This is where the app utilizes in-person training. During the onboarding phase of the app, specialists from Worklete will meet with representatives from the client who will eventually work with the client’s staff. These specialists or ‘Champions” as they are called include former Navy SEALs and CrossFit athletes who train the client’s staff (usually shift-leaders) who intern will train teams within the company.
Once the basics are covered, employees will receive industry and location-specific training. “A truck driver in Quebec will see lessons in French, and receive different modules than a warehouse worker in south Texas who speaks Spanish,” Kanner says. The app works alongside the client’s designated trainer. Supervisors can track employees progress through an in-app dashboard. The app contains over 700 job and industry-specific training paths and currently over 20,000 employees have used the training. Worklete states clients report a 95% engagement rate and a reduction in musculoskeletal injury rates by about 50%.
Mr. Kanner states, “If we can teach these folks basic rules for human movement, and say, ‘Yes, there is a better and a worse way to move,’ that’s really how we win. That’s how we help blue-collar, underserved populations stay injury-free so they can work hard all day long and then go home and enjoy their lives outside of work, too.”