United Academy – Virtual Reality at Safety Fest TN

Safety Fest TN is a week of over 100 safety classes, sessions and demonstrations – all FREE to everyone! But you must register to ensure there is enough space.

United Academy is bringing Virtual Reality to Safety Fest TN

Imagine a crane operator attempting to pick up a load of steel beams to deposit on an upper level of a high-rise building under construction. Suddenly, the load crashes 60 feet to the ground below. But no one is hurt, and no one is worried, because the crane operator is learning his craft — and making his mistakes — in a virtual world. 

Several construction firms are already using virtual reality (VR) for operator and safety training. An interactive VR program developed by Skanska in the United Kingdom teaches construction site supervisors how to inspect trenches, formwork and other temporary works on construction sites. The trainees don VR glasses and “walk” through a virtual jobsite, identifying problems such as a missing structural support and taking corrective action. Other team members can watch them interact with the VR environment on a video screen.

Bechtel has used a VR training program from Human Condition Safety to let workers practice potentially dangerous tasks, like unloading a beam from a crane, in the safety of a classroom. It has partnered with Industrial Training International on the development of a VR mobile crane simulator and is piloting this training at its Innovation Center in Houston.

Millennials in particular are likely to welcome this new type of training. A 2016 Future Workforce study from Dell and Intel found that 77 percent of millennials were willing to use VR or augmented reality (AR) products in their professional life; only 59 percent of non-millennials said they were. Almost one-quarter (23 percent) named “training on new skills in realistic virtual environments” as the aspect of work they’d be most interested in using the technology for.

VR, once the stuff of video games, is now becoming a practical, real-life tool that can help make a dangerous industry safer.

United Academy powered by United Rentals

Thank you United Rentals

As North America’s largest provider of commercial and industrial rental equipment, United Rentals is also an industry leader in jobsite safety and compliance. We train 1,000’s of workers each year in jobsite and operator safety, OSHA certifications and more, with a robust list of courses delivered by a team of professional trainers or online.United Academy classroom and blended learning training can be completed onsite at your location or one of our 100’s of participating locations throughout U.S. and Canada. Courses are also available online, providing convenient 24/7 access to training when and where you need it, without conflicting with the work day. Many courses are available in Spanish and French in addition to English.

You can save time and money by storing and maintaining training records and certifications through United Academy and easily access student Training Profiles using our wallet card and mobile app or a computer.  Manage training taken through United Academy as well as outside the Academy for yourself or your team, verify worker certifications, and ensure that when work gets done at your jobsite it gets done the right way — the safe way.

United Rentals is also a Champion Sponsor of Safety Fest TN

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Safety Fest TN

Safety Fest TN provides a week of free safety and health training annually in Oak Ridge, and Knoxville, Tennessee, and is dedicated to the mission of making the region the safest place to work and live in the United States. The classes, demonstrations, and sessions are free to all who register to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn safety and health skills.

The event will be held April 29 – May 3, 2019 at multiple locations in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee. It is the combined efforts small and large businesses; local, state, and federal agencies; colleges and universities; and non-profit organizations.

“Safety at work, at home, and in the community.”

Last year’s event included 110 free safety classes, sessions, and demonstrations. The 125 instructors and presenters were graciously provided by 105 organizations, just like yours, giving back to the community. Your organization can partner, sponsor or provide resources too – showing commitment to safety at work, at home, and in the community!

Class schedule has launched and online registration is available.

Sponsorship opportunities are available now!

For more information visit: https://safetyfesttn.org

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