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  • Joanne Lan

UltraREM launch pilot VR training for construction industry

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

According to Safe Work Australia, As of 30 July, there have been 100 Australian workers killed at work in 2020. In 2019, 175 Australian workers were fatally injured while working, compared with 144 workers in 2018.

We understand that the safety of workers is paramount in the construction industry, so we have created an immersive training experience specifically tailored for workers in construction.

UltraREM’s Virtual Reality (VR) construction safety training was developed from an analysis of the top 24 most frequent accidents that have occurred on construction sites across Asia-Pacific. Based on this data, we re-created these scenarios in a virtual setting allowing the trainee to experience a real-world experience, that would be impossible to safely recreate in real life.

According to a study by the University of Maryland, found that students being taught through VR technologies had an 8.8% improvement in knowledge retention than those using more traditional classroom or desktop methods. The life and death scenarios that we have created put the trainee at the centre of the immersive experience, allowing them to identify and asses risk that would likely impact their safety, so they can then learn and practice more safety conscious decision making.

Everyday construction companies build the physical world around us, so it only makes sense that we help their workers achieve safety compliance with real-world, practical training. The virtual training creates a 3D environment that allows you to experience emotions and sensations that would usually accompany a potential hazardous work accident, such as a fall. The sensation that you would feel from falling down a four-story building or having steel drop down on you creates an experience that the trainee will likely remember.

The training pilot includes a number of construction safety areas, including:

· Working from height

· Identifying risk areas, such as falling objects

· Safe operation of an excavator, tower crane and cap sized truck

· Safe operation of a grinder, electric saw and welding machine

· Emergency response to fire

We recently launched our VR construction safety training programs across Asia-Pacific, available in a number of different languages, with great results in overall retention and engagement levels.

Here are some of the key benefits that our current construction industry clients have experienced from their VR training:

· Allowed construction workers to identify and asses risk on-site in a safe and controlled environment

· Significantly improved worker safety, including their levels of awareness and risk mitigation that is needed on-site

· Allowed training to be a priority for workers, without taking too much time out of their regular workday

· Provided a more engaging way to train employees in a time efficient manner

UltraREM can tailor a VR training package that is relevant to your workforce and safety needs, please contact us today to speak to one of our expert consultants.

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