Technology

Morrison Utility Services uses VR for staff training

11 February 2021

Morrison Utility Services is using 360-degree VR technology for staff training.

Morrison is working with behavioural safety specialists, 360safe VR, to develop and produce training films that can be viewed via VR headsets.

The technology provides participants with the benefit of immersive and engaging training sessions that place the viewer in authentic, ‘high-risk’ occupational scenarios, with no danger to themselves or others.

A VR content synchronisation app enables the VR films to be controlled and monitored from a central console to up to eight individual VR headsets. The films are developed in-house using Morrison staff in scripted behavioural safety scenarios.

The VR training is designed to complement the existing blend of behavioural safety training methods used by Morrison.

Paul Kerridge, safety, health, environment and quality director, said: “The adoption of 360-degree VR technology is allowing Morrison Utility Services to deliver hugely important behavioural and occupational safety messages in an engaging, impactful, yet completely safe, way. Participants will feel as though they have genuinely experienced the scenario, which is a highly-effective way to deliver powerful behavioural change.”

Andy Carter, director of IT, innovation and improvement, added: “This use of VR technology provides a good example of the important role that innovation plays in our training strategy. The solution provides the capability to run site-specific pre-training surveys, followed by post-training surveys, to measure changes in understanding and attitudes to important areas such as site safety and occupational road risk.”