In a significant stride towards enhancing workplace safety, Edinburgh-based startup FC Labs has secured a £150,000 investment from the British Design Fund. The investment is earmarked for FC Labs’ innovative AI-powered platform and brain imaging technology, aiming to mitigate the risk of workplace accidents and fatalities attributed to human error.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reports over 500,000 workplace accidents annually in the UK, with over 90% attributed to human error. Fatigue, stress, dehydration, boredom, and substance abuse contribute to these incidents. FC Lab’s solution seeks to address this critical issue by identifying signs of employee risk through monitoring trends in brain activity. FC Lab’s platform utilizes data from existing wrist-worn wearables, such as smartwatches and activity trackers, to detect potential risks. Alternatively, the company’s proprietary wearable neurotech devices, designed to be incorporated into headwear like hard hats, use near-infrared light to measure blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. This real-time data provides insights into an employee’s focus, actions, and emotions. The technology not only identifies potential risks but also encourages behavioral changes. Through subtle ‘nudges,’ wearers are prompted to take breaks, fostering a culture of safety and well-being in the workplace.
FC Labs’ groundbreaking technology represents a holistic approach to workplace health and safety. By leveraging AI and advanced wearable solutions, the company aims to reduce the risk of accidents, improve overall well-being, and instill a proactive safety culture within organizations.