DRONES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES REDUCE RISK Falling from height is one of the most common causes of death. using drones removes the need for high-level inspection and can assist in planning safer access.
Construction sites can be dangerous places, and the risks are everywhere.
Figures released by the HSE showed that 40 construction workers died in 2019-20 – with the fatality rate sitting around four times higher than the all-industry rate.
And the three most common causes were workers falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle, and being hit by a moving object.
This is why drones are becoming a more and more important tool for construction. By deploying drones on a job site, staff on the ground are removed from potentially dangerous areas. The benefits of using UAS include:
Staff no longer have to climb over stockpiles to collect quantities – a drone will do it for you.
Staff do not need to enter certain areas of a job site, risking collisions with vehicles and tackling tough and dangerous terrain – a drone will do it for you.
Staff do not need to work at height, climb onto scaffolding, use rope-access methods, or try to access awkward inspection locations – a drone will do it for you.
Staff do not need to be placed at risk when trying to detect hazardous materials – a drone can do it for you.
Staff do not need to risk being hit by falling debris – a drone will collect the data you need for you.
Staff do not need to access all parts of a site to lay ground collection points (GCP) for surveying – a drone with PPK/RTK capabilities dramatically reduces the number of GCPs needed.
When safety is a top priority, using drones should be an essential component of a company’s technology strategy to mitigate risk.
As the Center for Disease Control states: “Drones could help reduce construction-related injury and death from falls, toxic chemical exposures, electrical hazards, or traumatic injury from vehicle and equipment collisions.”