Can drones improve worker safety?
And, in fact, besides exposures, drones could be an interesting way for employers to reduce hazardous activities at all levels – using drones rather than workers to get closer and people with a variety of risks on the workplace which may be related to activities such as surveillance, inspection and maintenance.
“Visual inspections of wind turbines, for example, put people hundreds of meters in the air. Inspection personnel hang with ropes as they methodically search for faults in each wind turbine’s rotor, nacelle, tower, foundation and electrical system.
During the whole process, people are at risk of falling. Drones, on the other hand, can perform much of the inspection process without ever putting people at risk. Additionally, the versatility of payload options can allow for much more detailed data collection during the process,” writes David Daly for Consortiq.
Drones can reach heights or nooks and crannies that are more difficult for workers to reach – and by using drones, employers can reduce unnecessary risk to their workers.
Along the same lines, drones could also be used to transport materials, equipment, and tools to a job site or from job site to job site. This would reduce the need for workers to carry potentially very heavy equipment which could lead to injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).