About 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2017. That’s more than 100,000,000 production days lost due to work-related injuries. Because of this, safety training is a very important part of the onboarding process for a new hire - especially for those working in an environment with many machines or hazardous materials. Today’s technology, like virtual and augmented reality, digital renderings and digital twinning (a digital version of a real-world physical item) can significantly improve employee safety training through greater retention and making scenarios far more realistic.
Aside from the ability to create a more useful training experience, virtual training can also provide significant cost benefits: instead of employees having to travel to a training location one or even multiple times, they can access the training online, from anywhere. This is especially useful for remote or hard-to-reach areas (such as an offshore oil and gas platform), but it also readily applies to any training scenario.