Can Virtual Reality Make Construction Safer?

KIMBERLY HEGEMAN | April 26, 2018

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Virtual reality training is nothing new. With virtual reality, workers can train in a simulated, life-like environment. Airplane simulators have been around for quite some time to train pilots. And construction equipment training simulators are becoming more prevalent and accepted in the construction industry. And now, virtual reality is starting to pop up in safety training.

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