A Fall Protection Video Game

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers in the United States. All workers located on elevated surfaces are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect workers, employers must not only provide the right protective equipment but must ensure workers understand proper setup and safe use of that equipment. A poorly trained worker could be at risk of serious injury or death.

To aid in educating workers, Master Builders Association of Western PA (MBA) has developed Harness Hero. Harness Hero is a fall protection game that engages 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, and so on. 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 either witness a rescue or a severe injury or even a fatality.

James Construction’s Safety Director, Michael Conti, assisted in the development of Harness Hero as part of the MBA’s Risk Management Committee. Michael said “Harness Hero is a great tool to increase a workers retention of fall protection requirements and its fun, which keeps the workers engaged.”

Harness Hero is available for free on mobile devices through the iOS App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Underground.