The electrical construction industry is inherently dangerous and safety is paramount. There are dangers on all job sites, particularly for inexperienced new entrants such as youth, Indigenous people, women and newcomers pursuing pre-apprenticeship training. Virtual reality technology is proving to be a powerful tool in developing immersive training resources that allow most-at-risk workers to experience the hazards of a job…
site safely from a classroom. The resulting increase in awareness of safety hazards leads to the adoption of safe work practices.
Virtual reality refers to computer-generated environments that simulate a person’s physical presence in the real world, enabling the user to partially determine what happens in the environment. The technology allows a pre-apprenticeship trainee to virtually explore a job site through a 360-degree lens using a cell phone and an Oculus headset.
IBEW Virtual Reality (VR) Safety includes a virtual reality application and a generic Facilitator’s Guide that NETCO assisted in adapting for use in the electrical construction industry. Five one-hour modules feature typical hazards:
Slips, trips and falls
Struck by, caught between
Fire, explosion, toxicity and asphyxiation
Ergonomics, elements, noise