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Taking workplace safety at construction sites to greater heights: VR training for scaffolders

Description project

One of the key factors in safety at construction sites is the employees’ ability to identify possible risks and hazards at the workplace. This ability is acquired through experience and training, although researchers question the effectiveness of conventional safety training. Virtual Reality (VR) training provides opportunities to train operatives at construction sites to identify risks and hazards, to intervene, to help to prevent accidents, and to improve site safety in the future. VR learning environments offer a safe environment to experience unsafe situations and to train operatives to identify risks and hazards, to intervene timely and adequately in case of such risks or hazards, and to stimulate the employees to contribute to even safer working conditions in the future, for example by recognizing the importance of reporting (near-)accidents at the workplace. In this project we investigate the effects of VR safety training on the scaffolding operatives.

Expected outcomes

The project aims to give insight into the attitude of professional scaffolders towards a VR safety training and to assess the effects of the training.

involved researchers

Dr. Bas Kollöffel  -  project leader and contact person

Duration of the project

May 2017 – September 2019

Funding and partners

University of Twente, eLearning Studios Ltd, London and GKR Scaffolding Ltd. London.

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