Innovation award becomes reality for HAE

Richard Whiting, HAE’s commercial manager and Graham Arundell, HAE’s managing director

THE Hire Association Europe (HAE) has scooped a top innovation award for its virtual reality health and safety training programmes.

The organisation triumphed in the Commitment to Skills category of the Plantworx Innovation Awards for its use of virtual reality and oculus rift technology.

HAE said it had teamed up with the University of the West of England (UWE) to “adopt the latest in gaming and virtual reality technology to produce a risk assessment approach to fault finding”. Included within the training programme are working at height and cut-off saw modules. Users must choose the correct PPE for a specific task, identify risks and answer multiple choice questions.

Graham Arundell, HAE managing director said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this accolade for, what we believe, to be the future of training in the hire industry. Richard Whiting, his team and our colleagues at UWE have worked tirelessly to get the training up and running and to win an award when we’re still in the development stage not only makes us proud but very optimistic about its success in the future.”