Fall Protection Video Games Can Help Save Lives
Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers in the U.S., and all workers on elevated surfaces are at risk for serious injury or death from falling. Employers must not only provide the right protective equipment, they must ensure workers understand proper setup and safe use of that equipment.
Available for all mobile devices, Harness Hero and Harness Hero: Bridge Edition engage players (anyone who works near a fall hazard) in the key decisions of using a fall arrest system. At each step in the game, the player chooses:
- Where to anchor
- What anchorage device to use
- How to set up the harness
- What connection device to use
The player also inspects the equipment along the way for burns, rips, rust and other malfunctions. At the end of each play, the player encounters a fall and, depending on how well they did setting up their fall arrest system, the player will witness a rescue, a severe injury or a fatality.
Harness Hero was developed under the guidance of safety professionals from all corners of the construction industry. It is available on Google Play and the App Store.