November 5

Chapter Meeting – Tuesday, November 5, 2019



Russell’s Steak Chops & More

6675 Transit Road

Buffalo, NY 14221



9:00 am – 9:30 am      Registration & Breakfast

9:30 am – 9:45 am      Chapter Business Meeting & Legislative Updates

9:45 am – 10:00 am    Break

10:00am – 11:00am    A Dynamic Duo – Wearables & Ergonomics

11:00am – 1:00pm      Lunch and Networking  (*Please be sure to indicate your choice of lunch entree!)



A Dynamic Duo - Wearables & Ergonomics – How the two work together to prevent injury and reduce cost.

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

Wearable technology in the workplace provides an opportunity for employees and employers to make real-time or over-time adjustments to behaviors and tasks that have or could cause injury and impact the human/work-environment interface.  However, the technology must be successfully deployed in the workplace and demonstrate a real return on investment for it to be accepted and properly leveraged.

During this session, we’ll look at the basics of human factors engineering from a historical and pragmatic perspective.  We will also highlight positive outcomes that employers and employees have realized over a week, a month, six months, and a year of wearables data collection by understanding outliers, pre-loss indicators, and enterprise-level risk and taking appropriate risk mitigation actions.

We will learn how data from wearable technology can inform ergonomic evaluations over time and discuss how to gain employee and employer acceptance of wearables in the workplace.

Join this session to learn about the significant return on investment and cost containment improvements you could experience by using wearable technology and applied ergonomics and safety solutions with your at-risk employees.

Learning Objectives for the Session:

  • Learn how Ergonomic seeks to impact employee safety & production by examining the Primary Ergonomic Risk Factors and cost containment theories
  • Understand from real-life case studies how wearable technology informs employees, management, safety personnel, and ergonomic risk consultants on risky behaviors or risky processes
  • Learn how wearable technology aligned to business objectives and ergonomic principles has helped reduce injuries and claims costs, improved productivity, efficiency and engagement, and delivered a real return on investment
  • Apply lessons learned in deploying wearable technology to your own organization

Presented by: Peter Linn, Managing Director, Marsh &  Jen Thorson, COO & Founder, Modjoul

Peter Linn is a Managing Director at Marsh responsible for supporting and advancing client relationships through coordination with industry leaders, risk practice leaders, and external channels.  Peter has spoken to industry leaders, risk managers, and safety professionals around the world on varied topics such as collaborative value creation, digital engagement, leadership, safety management systems, and various EHS and Fire Protection safety topics in the manufacturing, chemical, and retail industries.

As a former executive at AIG, Ms. Thorson had also seen a lot of unnecessary workplace injuries and fatalities.    She has also been a long-time customer of athletic wearables.  When collaborating with Mr. Martinez on the idea of Modjoul, Ms. Thorson jumped at the opportunity to bring safety and productivity insights to the employee / employer market through the use of a wearable.  Jen Thorson is Chief Operating Officer and founder at Modjoul.  


  • Active Member: Covered by the Chapter
  • Non-Members: $55
*Choice of Lunch Entree (please indicate in comment section or email Vicki Froman)
  • Petite Filet
  • Poached Salmon
  • Lemon Chicken


  • Cash – Bring on date of event
  • Credit via Paypal
  • Check payable to “RIMS Upstate NY Chapter”

– Bring on date of event or send to:

Attn: Annette Maldonado

Rich Products Corporation

1 Robert Rich Way

Buffalo, NY 14213


If you need to cancel your registration, a mandatory email must be sent to the Chapter Secretary by 5:00 pm on the Friday preceding the meeting. Late cancellations will be charged the non-member fee for lunch.

Please note: Your registration includes lunch. If you do not plan on staying for the meal, please contact the Chapter Secretary. Help save your chapter money!

If you have any further questions, please contact the Chapter Secretary, Vicki Froman at (716) 878-8894 or