Developing 3D safety training materials on fall related hazards for limited english proficiency (LEP) and low literacy (LL) construction workers

K. Y. Lin, G. Migliaccio, R. Azari, C. H. Lee, J. De La Llata

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Abstract

Construction has been one of the most dangerous industries, with fall being the most common type of hazards. Meanwhile, about one fourth to one third of the industry's taskforce is composed of Hispanic workers, many of whom lack proficiency in English, and/or have limited literacy. Limited literacy and lack of English proficiency are not specific to Hispanic workers and serve as critical barriers in effective safety education and training. The paper presents the developmental efforts and lessons learned of six 3D visualized and scenario-based training case materials that use minimum amount of text descriptions. Common cases that involve construction fall hazards from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fatalities Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program were analyzed and modeled in a 3D video game platform referencing the effective training strategies from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Using 3D simulated virtual job sites in safety training is expected to reduce the required level of language proficiency and literacy, and increase the understanding as well as learning interests of those in construction who can't speak or read much English.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2012 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering
Pages113-120
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering - Clearwater Beach, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2012Jun 20 2012

Publication series

NameCongress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Proceedings

Other

Other2012 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityClearwater Beach, FL
Period6/17/126/20/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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