Authors: Brian Paulsen
Faculty Mentor: Madeline Polmear
College: Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Construction safety training and education are an important mechanism to provide a safe work environment for construction workers and limit the chances of occupational injury for workers and pedestrians. In order to provide the safest environment possible, it is paramount that construction safety training be made as efficient and as effective as possible. Through surveying the website of national safety training organization ARTBA and collecting data on the content and format of safety classes offered, it is clear that the vast majority of safety training is done traditionally: taught in classrooms with the use of physical materials such as pamphlets. As visualization technology such as virtual reality grows more advanced, the possibility of educators being able to incorporate this technology into the safety training and education process grows more and more likely. This research aims to clarify how visualization technology can be incorporated into safety training in such a way as to increase its effectiveness by examining the process by which safety education is currently administered nationwide.