Executive Summary

The purpose of this paper is to summarize recent work done to develop a safety simulation training delivery system and to show how the first module (Fall Protection) was developed and tested. The primary objective is to provide information to key advocates of behavior-based safety to help them understand this new direction and increase their ability to sponsor and support an entirely new way of delivering safety awareness and training on a cost-efficient global scale. The core of this approach is the Safety Simulation, which was developed to use web based technology and a media rich interactive simulation to teach Fall Protection and Behavior Based Safety to construction supervisors, field engineers and safety professionals.

Objectives of Safety Simulation

  • Establish minimum ES &H education requirements across the company

  • Increase employees' use of Core Processes on the job

  • Increase emphasis on addressing individual unsafe acts/at-risk behaviors

  • Develop an effective web-based simulation on Fall Protection

  • Deliver the simulation within Bechtel's existing technology and infrastructure

  • Combine Fall Protection training with Behavior-Based Safety (Human Performance Technology)

  • Provide detailed, accurate tracking and measurement of workers safety proficiency

  • Promote continuity and standardization in safety program implementation

  • Reduce training delivery costs

  • Enable Bechtel to provide safety training 24 hours a day worldwide.

The Need

Safety, as expressed by Bechtel's Zero Accident philosophy has become more important than ever as a corporate value. A critical area within our safety focus is fall protection, which accounted for almost 50% of company fatalities over the past three years. Bechtel has identified over 2000 non-manual field employees who should take the Fall Protection course within the next year. This number will grow as employee development plans are implemented throughout Bechtel.

The training population is located worldwide and is often situated in areas that are difficult and costly for trainers to reach. Traditional instructor-led training requires an instructor for every 15 learners and takes at least 8 hours over two days. The resources required to supply sufficient instructors, locate classrooms, and manage logistics are considerable. Training workers with on-line simulations is significantly more cost effective.

The Audience

The primary audience for this simulation includes supervisors, field engineers and safety professionals.

Project Development:

The Safety Simulation began as a proposal from the Global Learning and Development group. The basic design was created with funding from the Bechtel e-Business group in 2002. In early 2003, the project received support from a Corporate Funded Research Grant (CFRD). The team worked with the Idaho National Energy and Environmental Lab (INEEL), Bechtel (Functions, E &C managers, BESH, etc.), and outside consultants to manage the project and create an interactive/ instructional design and media production. INEEL provided the tutorial, overall technical design, production, implementation, and learner testing.

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