WCB Grants Awarded in 2016

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Bit Space Development is proud to be the technology provider for two WCB Grants awarded in 2016 on Safety Training in Construction

On March 2nd, 2017, the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB)  released its 2016 Annual Research and Workplace Innovation Program report. In 2016, WCB awarded only two grants for Workplace Innovation. Bit Space Development Ltd. is proud to be the technology provider for both Grants. The projects will focus on Hazard Identification and Safety Improvement through the use of virtual reality.

Identification And Analysis Of Safety Hazards On The Virtual Construction Worksite

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 2085I

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 2085 in partnership with the Boilermakers, Pipefitters, Painters and other affiliated unions of the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council, will develop a series of virtual reality (VR) resources for youth and new entrants in construction. These resources will include: Falls, Slips and Trips; Electrocution; Struck By Objects; Caught in Between; Noise; Asphyxiation; Fire and Explosion; Elements of Weather Conditions; Toxicity from Exposures; and Ergonomics.

BIT Space Development Ltd. will provide the technology for this project. The technology will allow a user to virtually explore the workplace through a 360-degree lens using a cell phone and an Oculus headset.

Occupations in the construction sector are inherently hazardous. The addition of VR resources will increase access to safety training, reduce risk and prevent workplace injuries. This project is consistent with Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention, which affirms the government’s commitment to focus efforts in high-hazard industries and workplaces that employ most-at-risk workers including new, young and immigrant workers.

Using Technology To Improve Safety Practices For High Risk Hazards In Construction

Manitoba Home Builders Association

This project will digitize four safety courses using virtual reality (VR) technology for safety training by Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA). The courses are: Confined Space; Fall Protection; Scaffolding; and Safe Use of Power Tools; and will be delivered in partnership with the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM). The target groups for this project include general labourers, tradespeople, new supervisors and safety trainers working in the homebuilding trades, heavy construction industries and transportation.

BIT Space Development, a Winnipeg-based company, will provide the technology for this project. The technology will allow a user to virtually explore the workplace through a 360-degree lens using a cell phone and an Oculus headset.

Occupations in the construction sector are inherently hazardous. The addition of online courses with a VR component will increase the number of construction workers who will have access to safety training. This project is consistent with the strategic priorities of SAFE Work Manitoba, which affirm the government’s commitment to focus efforts in high hazard industries and workplaces that employ most-at-risk workers including new, young and immigrant workers.

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