Mining is one of the most hazardous industries in the world, with high risks of accidents, injuries and fatalities. Training is essential to ensure the safety and productivity of mining workers, but traditional training methods have limitations and drawbacks. They can be costly, time-consuming, and ineffective in preparing workers for real-world scenarios.
That's why more and more mining companies are turning to virtual reality (VR) as a training tool. VR is a technology that creates immersive and realistic experiences of mining environments, where workers can learn and practice their skills without exposing themselves to danger. VR training has many benefits for the mining industry, such as:
VR training can be done anytime and anywhere, without disrupting the normal operations of the mine site. Workers can train at their own pace and repeat scenarios as many times as they need. According to Verizon, VR increased the consistency and effectiveness of their training and reduced the time that employees were training from 10 hours per-person to 30 minutes.
VR training can also shorten the induction time for new recruits, as they can get familiar with the mine site before they arrive. By familiarising workers with site specifics before arrival, VR training significantly reduces induction time and reduces the need to rely on SME's to conduct unnecessary aspects of onboarding.
VR training can expose workers to various hazards and emergencies that they may encounter in the mine site, such as fires, explosions, collapses, and gas leaks. They can learn how to respond effectively and prevent accidents from escalating.
VR training can also improve the mental health and well-being of workers, as they can cope better with stress and anxiety in a simulated environment. Coal Services reported that VR training can reduce injury rates by up to 80% compared to traditional methods.
VR training can save money on travel, accommodation, equipment, and instructors. A virtual training asset created once to meet a workplace's specific needs is a standardised piece of content that can be used hundreds of times over with almost zero cost increase.
VR training can provide workers with feedback and assessment on their performance, skills, and knowledge. They can identify their strengths and weaknesses and improve their competencies.
VR training can also increase the confidence and motivation of workers, as they can see their progress and achievements. Another industry report claimed that VR training can increase productivity by up to 30% compared to conventional methods.
As you can see, VR training is a powerful tool for the mining industry that can save costs, increase efficiency, improve safety, and enhance performance. It is not a replacement for traditional training methods, but a complement that can make them more effective and engaging. If you are interested in learning more about VR training solutions for your mining business, contact us today.