Could simulated training be the answer for outback businesses?

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Virtual reality is helping workers in remote Queensland learn essential skills with COVID-friendly technology that could save businesses and councils thousands of dollars.Key points:A remote Queensland council is training staff using virtual realityBusinesses could save on training-related travel expenses using VRThe council will do a cost-benefit analysis after the 60-day trialThe Burke Shire Council in the Gulf Country is trialling virtual reality technology to train staff in workplace health and safety courses such as manual handling, working at heights, confined spaces and chainsaw use. Work Health and Safety contractor David Gornalle said staff were taken through animated scenarios when wearing the headset and must to respond to questions using a handpiece. “The working at heights package — when you do that one you actually hop into a scissor lift and the sensation when you’re in that scissor lift is like you are actually really in it,” Mr Gornalle said.”One of the other features is whilst we’re doing it, we can track what the person’s doing on our phones in, what they call, casting.” “So, while the person is sitting there in the virtual reality, looking around doing whatever they need to do, we can actually see what they’re …

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