KANE Occupational Health and Safety
Engaging Construction Workers in Occupational Health and Safety through Virtual Reality
KANE OH&S gives construction workers the chance to participate in instructor guided, and self-guided, OH&S training in virtual reality. KANE OH&S users can work off-site or on-site. KANE OH&S supports real-time instructor feedback, self-guided training and awareness verification, through direct hands-on interaction with various OH&S scenarios.
Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Training is an ongoing area of concern for the entire construction industry, particularly the difficulty in engaging the more at-risk ageing workforce, but also young construction workers. KANE is looking for a solution that generates a high impact regarding Occupational Health and Safety training, i.e., a positive but impactful training experience that staff will talk about and that will make staff think before engaging in a potentially dangerous situations.
Whilst generic OH&S training packages are already available, KANE is looking for an Occupational Health and Safety intervention that looks and feels like a KANE construction site and is tailored to KANE staff training needs and therefore requires a custom solution. Most importantly, KANE is interested in exploring the impact of a Virtual Reality training scenario on the more senior members of their construction staff.
The project will focus on training scenarios relating to the most common types of injury experienced by construction workers on Australian construction sites.
This work was programmed by Paul Hammond
with graphic design by Scott Jackson and motion-capture by Gerard Mulvany.
This work was supported by RPDS grant from Deakin University, Arts and Education faculty.