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Singapore construction workers use VR to rectify unsafe practices

Construction workers at a new safety school in Singapore are using virtual reality (VR) technology to improve work at height practices.

The virtual reality training enables workers to experience work at height risks in a safe environment

Operated by the Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) Academy and launched on 14 June, the S$2.2m (£1.3m) construction safety school allows workers to experience the risks in a safe environment.

Donning VR headsets, workers get to learn that, unless they rectify unsafe practices such a lack of guard rails, they may witness the shock of seeing a virtual co-worker fall off a building.

The purpose of the training is to heighten vigilance at construction sites. The sector’s workplace fatal injury rate rose to 3.1 per 100,000 employees in 2018, with 14 fatalities, two more than in the previous year.

The Straits Times reported that, from 15 May this year there had already been nine workplace fatalities across all industries, including six in construction.


Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton is acting editor of IOSH Magazine. He is a former editor of SHP and has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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