How drones are making construction sites safer

Sep 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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From quality inspection to hazard detection, drones are improving the safety of workers on job sites.

It is no secret that construction sites are some of the highest-risk environments to work in. Construction workers and inspectors often work from great heights, use heavy machinery or climb up and down ladders. According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, construction accounts for the most workplace fatalities in Canada.

In August 2018, The New York Times reported that drone sales in the US were up 33 per cent last year. Considering the low cost and efficiency of this technology, it is unsurprising that more companies are turning to drones and aerial imaging to perform safety inspections, keeping their workers out of harm’s way.

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Drones are able to reach areas of a job site that their human counterparts might find dangerous There is a great deal of time and risk involved when a worker must scale scaffolding to assess the sides of a structure or walk on the surface of a steep rooftop.

Getting injured during an inspection is a poor way to discover hazards on the job site. When workers do venture into those high-risk areas, the potential risks they face should be minimized as much as possible to complete a repair or installation. An inspection could be done safely and quickly using drone imaging instead. This keeps workers out of danger, not to mention being a more efficient use of their valuable time and skills.

A job previously done by costly helicopters, drones can fly over the entire site in a short matter of time. No one risks physical harm and it provides the operator with a full aerial shot of your project, generating detailed pictures and maps that can easily be shared. These visuals allow you to detect issues that might have taken longer for someone to find in-person. Catching problem areas early on helps avert disaster.

One advantage of taking aerial shots by drone over other methods is their ability to get accurate, high-quality imaging. Handily, some are also capable of capturing images after dark using thermal technology. Nighttime inspections for problems like leaks will save your daylight hours and your workers’ time for other tasks.

Negligence or carelessness is another huge source of trouble on a construction site. Walking stakeholders through a project in progress is a safety risk for them and for your workers.

With the help of drone imaging and virtual reality, you can create an up-to-date 3D rendering of the project to walk your client through, without them ever stepping foot on-site. Making use of drones and virtual reality can ensure that only people who have received the proper safety training will be physically on-site, mitigating the risks of human error.

Everyone who walks onto the job site has a part to play in keeping themselves and each other safe, but taking some additional cost-effective precautions can only help. Utilizing drones at your construction site can instantly make your workplace safer and more efficient.

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