3D game-based training simulator enhances forklift training. Developed by Etcetera Edutainment, a company that specializes in applying video game techniques and technologies to education and training situations.
Etcetera in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC) has released a 3D game-based training simulation program to improve the effectiveness of forklift training. Forklifts are one of the most commonly found types of mobile equipment in industry today, and if not operated properly, they can be one of the most dangerous. Leveraging leading-edge video game technology, this training simulation delivers instruction in OSHA-compliant forklift safety standards and best practices by putting trainees through the paces by completing tasks that they would commonly find in a real work environment.
According to the company, the program delivers an immersive safety training experience suitable for new or experience forklift operators. The simulation helps companies achieve safety objectives and rely less on on-site training as the sole means of applying what has been learned. The lift truck allows trainees to drive in a virtual warehouse environment that is guided by a series of task-based practice lessons focusing on key forklift safety concepts. After completing practice lessons, the driver goes on to complete a final exam where their safety performance is tracked and recorded.
This training simulation is a cost effective and risk-free complement to traditional safety training material. The simulation allows operators to make mistakes without risking the health of employees or damaging property by testing critical operating techniques before driving a real-world forklift.