In 2022, rail companies reported over 330 spills or leaks of hazardous materials. USA Today analyzed 10 years of federal rail incident reports and found over 5,000 incidents of hazardous materials spilling or leaking from trains that were either in transit or sitting in rail yards. That’s an average of 500 per year!
Due to some unfortunate recent events, including the well-documented East Palestine, Ohio disaster, train derailments have burst into the national conversation. After the fallout from the toxic accident in Ohio, many are calling for an added emphasis for railroad safety training for incidents involving hazardous materials.
So, where do we go from here? Train Derailments happen over 1,000 times a year, including, as mentioned above, about 500 per year involving hazardous materials. Due to the large number of derailments, companies need a train derailment emergency response plan. It starts with railroad safety training, and more effectively preparing workers to take the correct safety measures in the field. That’s where PIXO VR comes in.
Virtual Reality (VR) training provides an alternative to traditional training, with proven results. PIXO provides multiple hazardous waste operations & emergency response training from Train Derailment to Tanker/Trailer. These scenarios provide trainees with real-world experiences without the real-world risk, allowing individuals to be fully immersed in high-stakes situations. VR provides a more effective learning environment and prepares employees better than classroom training or e-learning ever could for disaster response training.
Don’t believe us? Here are some proven results of using virtual reality scenarios to train a workforce:
- 70% greater efficiency in movement and measurements
- 80% improvement in user learning retention
- 4x greater engagement in training vs. e-learners
- 2.75x more confidence in taking action on what employees learned
Bottom line, VR has documented results of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of training. When it comes to train derailments scenarios, PIXO VR has a solution ready for use. Let’s take a closer look at our ‘First Responder Operations (Hazmat) Train Derailment’ training module:
Assess and secure a hazardous material train derailment as a first responder!
Act as an Awareness, Operations, and Technician Specialist to contain an active fire and hazardous materials spill following a train derailment Make use of the Ask Rail app, as well as the ERG 2020 guide, to ensure multiple different material scenarios are assessed and secured
From premade (off-the-shelf) training modules like the train derailment scenario above, to custom content production capabilities, PIXO offers organizations the ability to leverage anything from standardized training to custom experience that match your specific working environments with ‘digital twin’ technology.
For situations with as high of stakes as train derailment accidents, improving worker preparedness is crucial. Adding VR into your current training program is a fantastic, proven way to boost learner retention and on-site effectiveness.
Interested in learning more about PIXO VR’s off-the-shelf VR training modules or our custom content capabilities? Reach out today and a VR expert will be in touch!