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PARS: Using Augmented Panoramas of Reality for Construction Safety Training

As a construction occupational safety training tool, traditional Virtual reality (VR) simulations can provide workers safe and controlled experiences of unsafe scenarios. However, they are expensive and time-consuming to develop and often do not offer true representations of real-world conditions.

Development of a Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction

Relative to other sectors, the construction workforce has experienced high turnover rates and poor safety performance over the last few decades. The industry has also struggled to retain existing workers and recruit new ones to construction careers. Using the Delphi method, the authors interviewed industry professionals and academics to identify the characteristics of a sustainable construction workforce, and to create an instrument construction employers could use to assess workforce sustainability.

Using Delphi Panels to Assess Construction Safety Research to Practice: A Narrative Review

The Delphi Method is a systematic procedure that is employed to achieve a reliable consensus among a selected panel of experts. This project’s purpose was to review relevant papers and research on Delphi Panels and their potential use in assessing whether construction safety and health research findings are being used by target audiences of workers and contractors to reduce injuries and illnesses (research to practice). A secondary objective of this review was to understand the parameters of panel selection, composition, and analysis.

Holographic Visual Interaction and Remote Collaboration in Construction Safety and Health

Mixed-Reality technology blends virtual reality with the physical world, enabling wearers of a mixed reality headset to view the physical environment as well as notes, objects and information appended to real-world objects, and then  to share their view with others via wireless networks. Applying this technology to safety communication would permit onsite and office personnel to collaborate about jobsite hazards in real-time with shared visuals.

Nanotechnology: Assessing Awareness and Training Needs Among California Construction Trades

A growing number of construction products incorporate engineered nanoparticles, but little is known about their long-term health effects on exposed workers. The study explored the current understanding and use of nanotechnology applications in heavy industrial/commercial construction among union leaders, apprenticeship program staff and construction contractors.

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