New virtual reality safety induction for construction workers
- Published on Monday, 14 May 2018 05:24
Morrison Construction has invested £50,000 to develop a virtual reality induction for workers, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
The induction is set in a computer-generated imagery construction site, which users navigate with goggles and hand controllers. Three modules allow users to become familiar with a construction site, recognise common dangers and complete a simple activity on site, which emphasises the importance of correct safety procedures.
The induction was developed in partnership by Morrison Construction, UWS and 3D animation specialists Animmersion over eight months.
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, UWS construction engineering senior lecturer, said: “It is great to see Morrison Construction launching this innovative VR induction. VR application in the construction industry provides an effective means for health and safety training. It helps to raise awareness of on-site hazards and ensure compliance with HSE guidelines, thereby reducing the likelihood of on-site incidents. This project is an exemplar of university-industry collaboration for the application of VR. We can only make a difference and change industry’s practice through truly collaborative endeavours such as this.”
Stephen Slessor, Morrison Construction Scottish Water operations director, said: ‘‘We are very excited to showcase our VR site induction, providing an engaging way for employees to receive vital safety training.
‘‘Health and safety is our number one priority at Morrison Construction and we believe this real-time learning system can benefit the wider construction sector by enhancing traditional site processes. Using this VR induction allows participants to make mistakes in a safe environment."
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