All flaws are represented in photorealistic 3D visuals in Augmented Reality. Trainees can view a life-size safety harness and self-retracting lifeline through the camera on their phone. The rendering is extremely realistic and is based on a thorough study of real harness defects and input from fall protection safety professionals.
Trainees are able to move freely around the equipment in order to inspect it. If they tap on the "thumbs down" button, they must respond to a multiple-choice questionnaire to justify their answer. They can practice up to 20 hours until successful completion.
Training Scenario 1: Inspection of 5 safety harnesses
In this training scenario, the student must carefully observe a series of harnesses from all angles to detect possible defects. The simulator contains 17 top defects, such as a stretched fall arrest indicator, a distorted D-Ring, broken stitches, an illegible tag, etc.
Training Scenario 2: Inspection of 4 SRLs (Self-Retracting Lifelines)
Trainees are asked to ensure that a series of fall arresting devices can be used safely. A thorough inspection will reveal the top 10 defects common in this type of equipment.
After checking for potential defects in the housing, they will have to pull out the lifeline and carefully inspect it from beginning to end to identify specific flaws such as bird caging, popped core, kinks, broken wires, etc. The sound produced by the lifeline unwinding from the housing can provide a clue to the more perceptive trainees.
In a later step, the simulator verifies that the trainee knows how to properly test the SRL brakes without damaging the lifeline.