Safety on construction sites: a major challenge for construction and public works that can be addressed with Digital Learning

  22 October 2018 |  La rédaction  Digital Learning News

With 88,273 workplace accidents in 2016 in the construction sector according to, safety issues are taken very seriously by market players. To meet these expectations, new regulations and measures are regularly taken: better adapted equipment, increased risk prevention on construction sites, more personalized training… Focus on ways to prevent hazards on construction sites through Digital Learning.

Construction and public works, a sector where risk prevention is essential

The construction industry is an important sector at risk of occupational accidents with 60 accidents per 1000 employees. The 3 most common causes of accidents are manual handling (51%), falls from height (27%), and the use of hand tools (15%).

Two main reasons for this observation:
Building trades require physical skills and can put workers in dangerous situations. In addition, there is a real lack of qualified and trained manpower for risk prevention. Construction professionals very often turn to fixed-term contracts, temporary employees, as well as many subcontractors. This great mixing and mixing implies a real risk prevention policy to be put in place.

Today, public authorities and major construction groups are making many efforts to raise awareness of good safety practices among employees in the sector. One example is the Professional Organisation for the Prevention of Construction and Public Works (OPPBTP), which has committed itself with the Horizon 2020 plan to work on reducing accidents, improving working conditions and improving the digital and organisational solutions made available.


Digital Learning, a real asset to prevent risks

On a construction site, the CSR manager is responsible for identifying and controlling occupational risks. He thus prevents risks by taking care of the reception of new workers who will be working on the site.




With the high turnover of construction workers and the mandatory nature of these prevention measures, face-to-face “Onboarding” training can be of great interest to facilitate integration.
With an attractive cost and a real ease of deployment today thanks to the widespread democratization of smartphones and tablets, Digital Learning thus appears as a real opportunity to make training accessible to a large number of learners. They can thus be trained in all situations and circumstances. Solutions such as Serious Game and simulations thus make it possible to make learners aware of the good practices to be followed on construction sites, for example.


Simulations and Serious Games, a real asset for risk prevention

Simulating risk situations can sometimes be complex in reality. The advantage of simulation and Serious Game is that it totally immerses the learner in an adapted environment, and thus makes him/her aware of the risks incurred on the construction sites. The interactive and immersive aspect of a digital training can thus have a real interest in raising awareness among learners.
Here are some examples of Serious Games that can address security issues in the construction sector:

Modules on the regulations governing construction trades : adapted equipment (mandatory wearing of helmets, gloves), construction stakeholders (hierarchy of positions, responsibility), weather conditions (what times in case of extreme heat, etc.), workers’ rights.

Example of the module on equipment on a site


Modules on practical cases : Immerse learners in situations that are sometimes rare for each trade.

Example of a prevention module

Awareness modules for team leaders, site managers and site supervisors on safety, and good practices to be taught to employees.


Example of awareness for team leaders


Recognized for its pedagogical expertise, Serious Factory’s teams can assist you in the development of your Digital Learning projects in the construction industry. Serious Factory has also developed the Virtual Training Suite software solution to democratize the Immersive Learning approach to construction issues. With the authoring software VTS Editor, you can create simulations without technical or graphic skills and thus train your learners in all types of situations.