A Glimpse of the Construction LifeSaver.
By the worker, for the worker
First and foremost, the CLS training program is for the worker, by the worker. We don’t want to develop the CLS training program in an ivory tower. We want to get feedback from the workers on what’s working and what’s not. From the courses to the marketing, we want the workers to feel we understand who they are and the environment they work in. We want them to feel like they have access to no nonsense, practical training that will make a difference in their lives. We will study how to create engaging programs the workers might even enjoy… imagine that.
CLS is another arrow in the quiver
Construction LifeSaver won’t replace top down systems and processes put in place by many contractors today. Rather, it will provide another arrow in the quiver for workers and contractors to combat SIFs. If a contractor does not have a top down SIF reduction systems in place, Construction LifeSaver will direct contractors on how they can implement top down best practices to provide the workers a safe environment and culture to work in.
CLS will leverage ACIG’s success and unique peer group
ACIG’s effort to reduce incidents spans over 30 years and, with the help of its members, they have achieved great success. Four years ago ACIG launched a SIF reduction program. As a result, ACIG and its members have a strong understanding of SIF prevention. CLS will work closely with ACIG and its member contractors to test and develop the CLS methods, content and technology.
James Bond needs Q, workers need CLS
If you compare the construction worker to James Bond, think of CLS as Q – the Quartermaster who tests and provides James Bond with all sorts of gadgets he uses to save his life and the lives of others. Like Q – CLS will dedicate itself to continual testing of new and state of the art methodologies and technologies that will help workers survive even the most dangerous of job sites.
CLS brings the A Team
CLS will pull together top thinkers in the areas of construction safety, behavioral training, digital application development, website development, game design, digital design and safety research to develop a training system that will be unlike anything used today.
All course material and marketing will be produced in English and Spanish.
Our brains can be the biggest hazards
We recognize that in many cases our own brains can be the most dangerous work hazard. CLS will seek out and put to work proven brain research to develop effective training. For example, research demonstrates there is the fast brain – our instinctual brain – and our slow brain – our cognitive brain. Many times when performing repetitive tasks workers can end up working with their fast brain, which leads to situation blindness. CLS will develop and test training that teaches workers how to wake up their slow brain in order to enhance their situation awareness.
We won’t leave a stone unturned
CLS will look far and wide for proven methodologies to apply to the SIF problem. For example, CLS aims to build training around the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act). The OODA loop was developed by John Boyd during the Korean War to help US fighter pilots – equipped with inferior aircraft - to out think enemy fighter pilots and win dogfights. The approach worked and OODA is still being used in the military today. CLS will develop new training based on the OODA Loop which helps workers achieve situation awareness.
Workers will earn a CLS certificate
Once the CLS methodology and technology are proven and respected by workers and employers alike – CLS will roll out a program that allows workers to achieve and carry with them a Construction LifeSaver Certificate. Properly documented, the certificate will allow workers to demonstrate they have completed the initial CLS training program and are actively engaged in continued education with CLS.
CLS will be delivered on the MindForge Platform
What good is training if organizations can't effectively distribute it to the workforce. MindForge is building a state of the art delivery platform to deliver digital training. Based on a profile system, the platform allows organizations to deliver training to specific teams and track progress. The versatile platform can deliver various mediums of training including virtual reality applications.
CLS for life, builds habits for life
The CLS program won’t be a one-and-done test workers take to receive a certificate. There’s no pencil-whipping going on here. To maintain a CLS certificate, workers will need to engage with the CLS program throughout the year, year after year. The continuous engagement will involve micro-refresher courses as well as targeted content delivered to the workers’ mobile devices. Repetitive engagement is necessary to help workers retain knowledge and build new habits.
Content targeting based on a personality assessment
Built into the logic of the CLS program will be the ZeroRisk Hiring algorithm. Based on a short 15-minute exercise, the CLS system will learn a worker’s behavior and curate custom content accordingly. For example, if a worker tends to have a big ego and likes to take unwarranted risks, the ZR system will flag this behavior and content will be curated and sent to the worker to address this behavior.
Gaming platforms open up possibilities
CLS will explore gaming technology to create more immersive, engaging training experiences. For example, Unity is a gaming platform that will allow us to create virtual, 3D construction environments where we can immerse workers in high hazard situations where the worker must identify and mitigate hazards. The experience can be gamified to compel workers to engage repeatedly. A tremendous amount of data can be gathered around worker behavior and used to improve training. Unity environments can be rolled out on smart devices and virtual reality.
Pricing that makes sense
We estimate that a yearly subscription will be available for approximately $100 per worker, per year. We anticipate that contractors will need to mandate the CLS program in the beginning but over time we aim to have workers adopt the program on their own as a resume enhancer. Contractors will be able to purchase enterprise licenses.
Cracking the culture code
A critical part of addressing SIFs is addressing the predominant culture of the construction workplace – which historically hasn’t been safety-first from the workers’ standpoint as well as from an employers’ standpoint. We see how advertising and branding efforts influence pop culture and therefore CLS will use advertising / branding techniques - or one might say propaganda - to reinforce the culture necessary to reduce SIF. This will involve using strong, well-researched creative and the latest social media platforms to connect with workers.
Building online communities to engage workers
CLS will explore building communities within the CLS system where workers can share stories, ask questions and connect with peers about safety and SIFs.
Aggregate the best training
CLS will seek out, aggregate and curate the best of the best SIF related safety training found in the industry and add it to the CLS program.
Supervisors often define the safety culture
CLS will develop courses specifically for supervisors. These courses will include much of the same content as the courses for workers but with the added content on how to establish a safety friendly culture.