The construction industry is turning to technology to reduce potentially fatal work-related injuries among Hispanic workers. The imitative centers on Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition, a training tool developed by the Home Builders Institute , the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders, to teach English to Hispanic adults.

The take-home electronic learning tool could improve worksite communication and safety, according to NAHB President Sandy Dunn, a homebuilder from Point Pleasant, WV. Based on technology from Emeryville, CA-based Leapfrog Enterprises, the stand-alone educational product gives construction workers the choice to listen, record and play back the pronunciation of more than 500 vocabulary words and 340 phrases.

“Evidence strongly suggests that communication is a major factor in improving safety, and with the growing number of Hispanic employees in our industry, it’s extremely important that everyone on-the-job site understands one another,” Dunn says, describing Sed de Saber-Construction Edition as “one of the most efficient tools available for teaching construction-related English to Spanish speaking workers.”

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