Singapore construction workers use VR to rectify unsafe practices
Sunday 16th June 2019
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.