How did you select this vendor?
BIT Space Development Ltd partnered with MCSC on other projects that were hugely successful so we knew they were the right fit.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Research and Workplace Innovation Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. IBEW is attempting to change safe work practices of new entrants in construction by identifying, controlling and reporting incidents of safety hazards on the worksite. There are 5 modules developed for this hazard awareness resource that uses the latest virtual reality technology.
The five modules will include the following hazards:
1. Slips, Trips and Falls
2. Struck by, caught between
3. Fire, explosion, toxicity and asphyxiation
4. Ergonomics, elements, noise
Desired outcomes of this project:
an increased awareness of safety hazards
access to innovative safety tools by organizations who support youth transition to work in construction
improved safe work practices of youth working on construction sites
Background The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in partnership with boilermakers, pipefitters, painters, other affiliated unions of the Manitoba Building Trades and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba developed a series of virtual reality resources that will allow youth and new entrants in construction to spot hazards, assess risk and develop a plan to prevent injury.
With the use of 360-degree imagery, youth will virtually walk through a worksite. They will look up, down and around the site using oculus lenses. They will spot hazards, assess the risks and as a result, they will be able to explain how to work more safety on a construction site.
When youth click on the icon they will learn about each hazard and what needs to be done to avoid injury. This is an interactive way to teach safety and one that is as close to real life situations without actually being there. It is not enough for youth to hear about the hazards on the worksite.
They have to see it and experience what it looks and feels like. This will provide another tool for youth to learn about safety and one that is completely in line with the way youth learn today. It is important for youth to see hazards from trades outside of their own scope.
This is because trades work collaboratively on the same site and youth may start in one trade and switch to another trade over time. Exposure to all hazards is of greatest importance.
This will not replace current safety training only serve to supplement and enhance the way safety is taught to our youth and new entrants. Note: This application is intended as an awareness application and does not replace safety training at local safety associations or on the job training. Content is specific to the Province of Manitoba and uses examples that may not apply to all situations.
What was the team composition?
MCSC Executive Director compiled an advisory committee made up of Safe Work MB, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Boilermakers Union, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, PCL and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to guide the direction of the project in partnership with the BIT team.