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Q: Our plants have a lot of moving machinery, and robot cells as well as sealed-off production areas where staff shouldn’t go.

We need to ensure staff really understand the risks associated with going near these areas or actually entering them.

And, if they do have to enter them, that they do so correctly employing the correct isolation procedures and permits.

Got any video ideas that might help?

We’d also want to translate the DVD into a number of European and Asian languages.

UK Health & Safety Manager
Car and Home Components Manufacturer

A: Your proposed training video is a “Danger Zones near Moving Machinery” DVD by any other name.

Electrical isolation procedures are a part of this, but the promoting safe behaviour is what comes first.

It’s not to difficult to explain the hazards and risks of moving machinery using video footage and voiceover, as any corporate training DVD would do.

There are lots of creative approaches to training here

But if you wanted to add some pizazz and really drive home the consequences of getting it wrong, then I’d consider 3D animation.

3D animation allows you to recreate scenes of things that haven’t yet happened.

To get the message across, I’d suggest three short animations, perhaps:

> one of a robot cell with swinging arms doing work.

> Another could be a moving conveyor line, or similar.

> And one other could be where you feel there are greater potential risks, or high severity implications.

Here’s an order of events:

> If each of these moving machinery locations was first animated.

> Then a 3D person, representing an operative in hard hat, safety glasses, PPE, could be shown entering each these areas (possibly in a variety of ways)

> Then show the individual being hit by moving equipment or possibly electrocuted.

This 3D enactment approach would drive home the consequences that can be expected from ignoring safe behaviours and the safe system of work.

Importantly, 3D re-enactments allow people to understand the consequences of entering danger zones near moving machinery, without the blood and gore of a dramatic re-enactment where actors “portray a real incident”.

This highly visual approach is also useful if you’re also training in Asian and European markets, where a picture really is worth a 1,000 words.

In addition, dramatic re-enactments with actors don’t translate so easily into foreign language training videos, compared with a 3D enactment with voiceover.

Once the 3D animated scenes had established the consequences, your workforce audience will be attentive and ready to have the correct procedures explained to them.

You’d end up with a really first class electrical isolation training DVD.

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