Publications / 2022 Proceedings of the 39th ISARC, Bogotá, Colombia

Suitability and Effectiveness of Visualization Platform-based Construction Safety Training modules

Kishor Bhagwat and Venkata Santosh Kumar Delhi
Pages 638-645 (2022 Proceedings of the 39th ISARC, Bogotá, Colombia, ISBN 978-952-69524-2-0, ISSN 2413-5844)

The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in the world. In addition, past literature highlighted that about 50% of the hazard remains unrecognized in the construction work environment, resulting in catastrophic consequences. Construction Safety Training (CST) is one of the best safety interventions to deal with this. The traditional classroom-based CST method is fraught with several non-interactive, non-engaging, and ineffective limitations. With the advent of visualization platform-based technologies, researchers have introduced various CST delivery modules using digital environments. However, in-depth investigation of visualization platform-based safety training modules from a suitability and efficacy perspective for the construction industry is understudied. Therefore, this study aimed to identify a suitable and effective safety training delivery module for the construction industry. To this end, three visualization platform-based CST modules were developed, namely, Image, Virtual Tour (VT), and Mobile Virtual Reality (MVR), and introduced to the construction professionals. The feedback analysis highlighted that VT CST is suitable for the industry. Next, the effectiveness of the VT CST modules was determined using Hazard Recognition Score (HRS). The results highlighted that the overall pre-training HRS of the construction professionals was 56.83%, and post-training HRS was 88.56% which shows significant (p < 0.00) enhancement in the HRS. In conclusion, this study noticed the VT CST module as a suitable and effective training module for the industry. Further, theoretical and practical implications of the study and future research directions were discussed.

Keywords: Construction; Hazard; Safety; Training; Visualization