HAE set to showcase virtual reality training programme and SafeHire Certification at Plantworx 2017

HAE’s virtual reality training software in action
As Plantworx 2017 begins this morning (Tuesday 6th June), Hire Association Europe (HAE) has announced that it will be showcasing its virtual reality training and SafeHire certification initiatives at the popular trade show. Taking place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire from to 6th – 8th June, Plantworx will see global construction equipment manufacturers introducing some of the latest plant and technology to the UK construction industry.

As the leading association for the hire industry, the HAE team will be on-hand throughout the three-day exhibition on stand T2 in Pavilion A. As the recent winner of the Commitment to Skills category of the PLANTWORX Innovation Awards, for its use of virtual reality and oculus rift technology for Health & Safety training, HAE will be demonstrating the software from the stand.

Included within, the now award winning, training programme are working at height and cut-off saw modules. HAE, in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) have adopted the latest in gaming and VR technology to produce a hazard perception risk assessment approach to fault finding. Users must first select the correct PPE for the job in hand, identify areas of risk and undertake a series of multiple choice questions to complete the module. New training modules are already in the pipeline including: dust, noise and HAVS and other product groups like breakers, angle grinders and diamond drilling. The HAE is committed to growing the number of modules over the next two to three years.

The HAE is also looking for hire companies and manufacturers interested in advertising within its training programmes, the virtual reality software features placement holders that can be utilised for branding purposes. There are several packages available to suit all budgets.

On Wednesday 7th June, HAE is inviting suppliers to attend a virtual reality software showcase. Held in the Hospitality Marquee within The Hub at Plantworx attendees can come along anytime between 11.30am and 2.30pm and a light lunch will be served. Richard Whiting, the HAE’s commercial manager, who is responsible for delivering the training comments: “We were absolutely thrilled to receive the award and have our achievements with the virtual reality training software acknowledged by the Plantworx team. The next three days are the perfect platform to demonstrate the software to equipment manufacturers and hirers within the construction industry and really highlight the benefits of the programme. Our supplier members event on the Wednesday is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about the training and network with their peers.”

In addition, HAE’s SafeHire Certification has been designed to raise standards across the hire sector by helping businesses improve Health & Safety procedures and customer service levels. The certification allows companies to demonstrate that they have achieved a certain standard in their Health & Safety, quality and environmental policies and operations. It has been developed in conjunction with BSI, HSE and CHAS and is highly cost effective. All HAE members must achieve certification by 1st January 2018, and members of the team will be on-hand throughout Plantworx 2017 to discuss SafeHire with members and the benefits of the independent audit scheme for non-members alike.