Previous research has shown health and safety training that relies upon theoretical information is largely ineffective. These animated packages will visually highlight how accidents occur and what can be done to prevent them from happening.
Saleem Akram the CIOB’s director for construction innovation and development said: “Making sure that construction workers across the world are working in the safest environments possible and to the highest standards is a priority for the industry.
“There isn’t a single solution for health and safety best practice. We have to keep finding new ways to get the messages across and using animation lends itself well to certain types of information, especially across a multitude of languages and disciplines.
“Between 2010/11 there were 50 fatal injuries in UK construction and that’s 50 too many. In many other European countries the figures are worryingly even higher. Much of this tragic loss of human life can be prevented by effectively communicating how accidents occur and how they can be avoided.”
The project, which is funded by the European Union’s Leornado Da Vinci programme, involves seven partners from four different countries. Working alongside the CIOB is the University of Anadolu in Turkey, the University of Minho in Portugal, Warsaw University of Technology, the Polish Association of Building Managers, TAV Airports Holding in Turkey and the Turkish Contractors Association.