Leading New York City site safety and training Company, The Safety Group LTD, offers virtual reality safety training to construction workers. The Safety Group site safety management and training company has touted the tech as being “more realistic than video games, coupled with certified DOB training and continuing education credits.”
The Safety Group says “High Steel” and its new “OSHA Hazard Identifier” (both of which will be on display for you to try at BUILD NEW YORK), are ideal for training workers (in any language) on risky situations without sending them into the field first. For instance, it could be used to train a worker in unloading a crane 20 stories in the air on a foggy morning, instead of having him do it “for the first time in real life.” The oil & gas industry has taken to similar technologies in recent years for training workers on proper platform safety procedures, for example, in the case of a fire. All workers are at risk if a on the job trainee endangers themselves or others.
Virtual reality training, is more effective than standardized classroom training. By giving workers a sense for the feel of the situation ahead of time, they are better prepared for the real thing. Workers can “walk” a construction site, still feel the danger of hazards, with room for error.
Other products like SafeScan, created by Human Condition Safety and popularized by The Safety Group, have a second component that comes into play as trainings are completed using the system. SafeScan saves the usage data and combines it with GIS, safety history, vibration analysis, and regulatory data like OSHA compliance. With this combined data set in hand, “risk mitigation becomes fully automated by a predictive engine that pinpoints which elements might combine to create the riskiest circumstances on a job, and sends alerts to avoid injuries and save lives.”
Lorenzo Gallo, The Safety Group CEO told us, “Workers must be trained to think on their feet in nuanced situations, yet textbooks and classroom trainings are not adequately preparing them. The virtual environment we’ve created is so realistic that beta testers are trembling or fearful of taking the first step onto the high steel as they perform a basic operation, for example connecting I-beams 20 stories up on a construction site. Unlike real life, workers have multiple opportunities to get the procedure right.”