Virtually improving safety in the rail construction industry
14 Aug 2018
With the rail industry growing at an unprecedented rate, ensuring all new entrants understand the important role of safety has been a challenge across the sector.
To address this, LXRA’s Safety team trialled a virtual reality (VR) initiative to investigate how this new technology could improve the awareness of safety for industry workers.
Research indicates that by stimulating neural pathways and biochemical responses, VR is a superior way to improve knowledge retention and to shift behaviours and attitudes, compared to traditional training techniques. This can assist in building workers’ capability, leading to improved health and safety performance.
To conduct the trial, demonstration and consultation sessions were run across each of the LXRA packages. Following this, construction and rail footage was captured with VR technology from sites across the Caulfield and Dandenong (CTD) Project.
Trials are now being run throughout the LXRA’s programs of work, to inform further uses of the technology in safety training initiatives.
LXRA CEO Kevin Devlin, thinks this initiative could be the next best thing in safety.
“The ultimate objective of this initiative is to rapidly build the capability of new entrants to the rail construction industry, by advancing their appreciation and awareness of the risks of working in a rail construction environment,” he said.
"We would like to thank the CTD Level Crossing Removal Project for their support, assistance, and accommodation during this time. Without this, we would be unable to advance these types of initiatives,” said Devlin.
Keep an eye out for CTD work sites appearing in future training courses… virtually of course!