Virtual reality helps Geraldine High School students learn about farm safety

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Mytchall Bransgrove/StuffGeraldine High School student Robert Furrer, 16, tries out a VR headset teaching about farm safety while WorkSafe engagement lead Al McCone looks on.A South Canterbury school’s reputation for producing talented young farmers saw WorkSafe pick it to trial a new virtual reality (VR) learning module aimed at halving the number of fatalities on farms. Eleven of the 43 people who died while working in New Zealand’s agriculture industry between January 2018 and March 2020 were in Canterbury, according to statistics from the Government’s workplace health and safety regulator. With one in 10 victims under 20, WorkSafe has developed a learning module which uses VR to teach future farmers about the risks that must be at the forefront of their minds while working. “We could halve the rate of deaths by doing simple things,” WorkSafe engagement lead Al McCone said. READ MORE:* Christchurch teenagers triumph at Junior Young Farmer of the Year* Geraldine students win Junior Young Farmer’s People’s Choice Award* Young farmer competition finals online for first time “Rather than relying on people to get it perfect every time, we should create some soft landings. Safety isn’t the absence of accidents, it’s the ability to fail and fail without incident.” Geraldine High …

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