Immersive Technology Safety Training

Working at height is one of the highest risk jobs on a construction site. We train our operatives to recall and follow safety processes, and have a progressive attitude to safe behaviours.

We are always looking at ways to ingrain this behaviour. The challenge is that many high-risk situations cannot be simulated and therefore practiced. Theoretical examples are given and trained on site or in the classroom, but are rarely experienced.

Our objective is to reinforce safety training by demonstrating how catastrophic and severe incidents are as a result of poor planning and work practices.

Taking a psychological approach to safety training

The hypothesis is that by being exposed to real consequences, the perception and awareness of risk is heightened and therefore not purely theoretical. This increases safety awareness, hazard identification and influence behavioural change.

Basic psychological principles suggest that individuals are much less likely to take risks when they have experienced the consequences of risk.

Additionally, individuals are more likely to take risks when they think that they are only putting themselves at potential harm, not other people.

Creating an emotive connection to the training also enhances retention and recall of information. The more senses stimulated in learning, the more likely an individual is to retain information.

This was the basis for creating training to revolutionise behaviour and attitude to safety.