Collin Pullar, President of the SCSA, was recently asked to weigh in on the topic of reducing risks through digital construction for JLT’s publication, Building Sight. JLT is a global organization of specialists and one of the world’s leading providers of insurance and risk management brokerage and associated services. The global construction magazine, Building Sight, is published monthly by Atom Publishing in the UK.
VR can be used to raise awareness of potential hazards before a worker even gets on site through immersive site-safety training. The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) in Canada, an industry-funded training provider, launched “Hazard ID VR” training, which envelops students in a workplace scenario and challenges them to spot hazards in a game format. “Telling people how to stay safe isn’t enough to overhaul a culture that has historically struggled with safety,” says SCSA president Collin Pullar. The tool is very popular among young trainees, adds Pullar, which is positive because 25% of injury claims to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board involve workers under 25.