Greencore Group is combating occupational back injuries with a device that warns workers when they are lifting loads incorrectly.
BackTrack clips on to the belt and buzzes when factory employees adopt poor postures to lift heavy objects. The gadget also stores data on its wearer's lifting techniques that can be downloaded and used to give tips on how they handle goods.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is considering recommending it to other industries, according to Helen Sisson, Greencore group technical director and co-ordinator of H&S and environmental issues.
Richard Morgan, head of food in the HSE's agriculture and food sector, said: "That type of device will do more good than any number of training sessions."
Poor handling, resulting in musculo-skeletal problems, causes most injuries and ill health in the food processing industry, according to the HSE.
l See Careers & Training, p88