Standing out among a range of innovative companies and products is no easy feat, but Reactec’s impressive performance set it apart from the competition in the eyes of the judges.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, two million workers are at risk from hand arm vibration syndrome, with over 300,000 workers having been diagnosed at an advanced stage.
A solution to this prevalent, yet still under-appreciated, condition requires sophisticated innovation - which is where Reactec comes in.
The HAVWEAR is a wrist device, like a simple watch, that is able to advise workers of tool vibrations, informing and calculating real-time risk exposure. It will then send that data through to associated web-based service to be analysed by the firm.
The judges were particularly impressed by the personal element of the HAVWEAR, also noting that it was a product that “will influence tool manufacturers and the marketplace”.
The panel appreciated that Reactec had come up with a single innovation that focused on the wellbeing of employees, and that it was fundamentally designed to “change behaviours” within the wider industry.
“Reactec has found a solution to an industry problem, which impacts both the industry market and, importantly, the health and safety of the workforce”
The data received is stored and sent to management via a docking station for analysis, which, in turn, aids firms in reducing and removing risks completely.
Reactec cited the numerous benefits experienced by Willmott Dixon, which provides the tool to both its employees and subcontractors. It found that heightened health and safety awareness through use of the device had contributed to an increase in productivity as well.
The judges said that not only was the tool tackling health and safety, but the productivity benefits were also allowing firms to work out better plans to prevent incidents. The HAVWEAR is not without its financial benefits, either, with Reactec arguing that reducing health and safety incidents means firms are less likely to face HSE fines.
With more than 7,000 units sold in the past year, predominantly in the construction industry, Reactec has clearly started to turn a few heads – and its innovation is proving a real pull-factor for employees.
The firm’s current business development manager moved to the company based on the ease-of-use innovation that Reactec was displaying, specifically within construction.
Ultimately, the judges were swayed by the innovative use of technology to genuinely provide an efficient and cost-effective solution to a significant industry problem – one that goes above and beyond the required industry standard and directly affects the workforce’s health and safety.
Highly commended: Cemar
As a company, Cemar impressed with its approach, which was fundamentally different to that of Reactec’s.
Several of the judges appreciated that the technology on show focused on the company as a whole, as opposed to a single product, and that Cemar was taking an active role in trying to help clients navigate the murky waters of construction contracts.
The business model was developed with the construction industry specifically in mind, rather than being a system that could trickle through any number of sectors beyond construction and engineering - something the judges were particularly keen on.
The panel all agreed that the technology had significant investment had been made into the technology, and they were impressed with the level of dedication and attention the innovation had received from boardroom level.
- Alphatec Software