Enter an immersive safety training experience with Cat® Safety Virtual Reality (VR), a portable virtual reality training program that offers five realistic industry-specific scenarios customized for paving applications. You will learn best safety practices entirely through a VR headset, without the risk of working along live traffic.

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Road construction worksites are filled with distractions and the added hazard of traffic, which can create major risks for employees — especially new workers. Hundreds of deaths are recorded annually at road construction worksites across the United States1, and it is estimated that 90% of worksite incidents are caused by unsafe behaviors2.

Cat® Safety Virtual Reality (VR) helps employees and supervisors alike learn safe behaviors, proper procedures and effective communication on a worksite in a safe, simulated environment, without learning the lessons the hard way in reality. It helps all employees, even those with extensive experience, reinforce best safety practices.

Participants wear HTC Vive VR headsets that drop them into a four-lane highway worksite. In the experience, learners engage with the foreman on the jobsite and follow specific prompts to study and respond to industry-relevant risks throughout five different industry-specific scenarios.

In one of the first modules, the user interacts with virtual coworkers in a pre-shift “huddle” and identifies hazards in an interactive training experience. The training then takes the user from the taper, where the participant must install and inspect traffic control devices in unpredictable traffic, to the paving train, where the user must identify and negotiate blind spots and safely navigate between equipment.

The training also emphasizes the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) as each user encounters scenarios with an excavator and a coworker operating a concrete saw. The entire sensory-rich experience helps users understand unsafe behaviors and effective ways to communicate in common risky jobsite situations. The complete training session lasts 20 to 30 minutes.

Virtual reality training more effectively aids retention and recall of important safety information, and learning takes place in a safe and controlled virtual environment. Participants can use the VR headset to train anywhere and run through each scenario as many times as needed to master the best safety practices. Cat Safety VR is customizable by job and industry.

The Cat Safety VR kit includes a gaming laptop to run the safety module and the HTC Vive VR headset with joysticks, an audio strap and wireless adapter. For more information, visit the VR Safety Training website.

  1. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  2. Industrial Accident Prevention: A Scientific Approach


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