EVERY day, 6,300 people die around the world in occupational accidents or from work-related disease — more than 2.3-million deaths per year, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO)."The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4% of global GDP each year," say ILO researchers. But for those toiling in hazardous environments — mines, wind turbines or oil rigs — wearable devices could make work safer. Helmets, watches and visors, bristling with sensors and connected via mobile or satellite transmission to supervisors and control centres, can help alert employees to hazards while keeping them focused on the job at hand.Yet, most of the buzz around wearable technologies has been about consumer devices, such as the Apple Watch, Google Glass, or Fitbit’s wristbands."For many of us, when we think of wearable technology, we think in terms of gadgets aimed at the fitness market or techi...

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