Development and assessment of a tractor driving simulator with immersive virtual reality for training to avoid occupational hazards
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AuthorOjados González, Dolores; Martín Górriz, Bernardo; Ibarra Berrocal, Isidro Jesús; Macián Morales, Álvaro; Adolfo Salcedo, Gustavo; [et al.]
Knowledge AreaExpresión Gráfica en Ingeniería
SponsorsThe authors would like to thank Instituto de Seguridad y Salud Laboral de la Región de Murcia for financing the project of “New Safety Devices in Machinery.” The authors would also like to thank all of the participants for their cooperation in this study.
Bibliographic CitationOjados Gonzalez, D., Martin-Gorriz, B., Ibarra Berrocal, I., Macian Morales, A., Adolfo Salcedo, G., & Miguel Hernandez, B. (2017). Development and assessment of a tractor driving simulator with immersive virtual reality for training to avoid occupational hazards. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 143, 111–118. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2017.10.008
Tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatalities in the agricultural sector. When drivers misuse the foldable roll over protective structure (ROPS) in tractors, it becomes highly inefficient as a rollover protection system. To solve this problem, the purpose of the present paper is to detail the development and assessment of a tractor driving simulator with immersive virtual reality for training to minimize this risk. In the agricultural sector, tractor driving simulators make it possible to train drivers in risk situations that are not feasible in the real field due to the high risk of roll over. The simulator includes a motion platform for this particular application. The findings of this study suggest that participants with safety knowledge make fewer errors in deploying the ROPS. To reduce the consequences of tractor accidents in the agricultural sector, the promotion of training courses is essential to avoid the misuse of the ROPS. On the contrary, the perception of risk and ...
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