Virtual Reality Training for Geological and Mining Workers to Prevent Powered Haulage Accidents

Apurva Pamidimukkala, Sharareh Kermanshachi

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Geological and mining employees working on coal mining projects are vulnerable to accidents involving powered haulage equipment, and their safety is dependent on effective safety programs. It has been demonstrated that virtual reality training programs facilitate participants to recognize the hazards present in the workplace, but their efficacy in preventing accidents has not been proven. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the training programs, not only for improving geologists' and miners' awareness of the hazards inherent in mining and transportation operations but also for teaching them how to avoid being harmed by them. To achieve this goal, several geology and mining workers in Texas received virtual reality training, and their knowledge was assessed before and after the training, based upon six questions that were relevant to the training's subject matter. Their responses were descriptively evaluated, and the results revealed a substantial increase in their knowledge after the virtual reality training. The outcomes of this study will guide policymakers in developing and implementing safety procedures that will protect the well-being of geologists and other miners who operate or work around power haulage equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Planning, Operations, and Transit
EditorsHeng Wei
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784484883
StatePublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2023Jun 17 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023: Transportation Safety and Emerging Technologies - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2023


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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