In the quest to increase safety for personnel on work sites, we have found that technology, especially drone technology, can play a vital role. Let us ask this… If there was a way to decrease the chance of work site injury by performing a specific task via drone, would you? For most companies and agencies, the answer comes quick – yes. Keep reading to discover how drones are helping eliminate injury and boosting workplace safety.
Navigating Dangerous Situations
Drones can provide visual access to otherwise hard-to-reach or non-accessible locations that are often dangerous. Instead of your personnel scaling an unstable roof or climbing a shaky scaffolding, drones can offer visual access while personnel are safely on-ground. A great example - bridge inspection. Drones allow inspectors and engineers to ‘see’ all angles of the bridge, including hard to access areas. From top to bottom and side to side, a drone can capture the entire bridge.
Drones can be used to view and collect information from dangerous environments – such as areas exposed to various toxins or radiation. In these areas it is imperative to the health of your personnel to limit exposure. Drones allow for just that – a view into the exposed area while personnel are safely outside the exposure radius.
In emergency situations, life or death decisions are quickly made. Often, Emergency Responders must act rapidly and operate in potentially unsafe and unknown conditions. Drones can help reduce the unknown dramatically. Drones provide another eye into the situation – whether surveying a fire from above or searching a home for invaders - drones can bring new insight to the team. This vital insight that has the potential to save lives of both the Emergency Responders and the victims they are trying to save.
As a bonus, drones can be equipped with diverse payload solutions, such as thermal imaging, extra cameras, or sensors, that can provide more detailed data. Most of the time this data can be captured and stored for easy access at any time. Surveyors may us this data to track changes over time while Emergency Responders may use video footage from an event for future training purposes.
Regardless of industry, risk reduction is critical for companies and agencies that have personnel working in high-risk situations. We believe that more often than not drones will continue to play an important role in future risk reduction plans. As drone technology continues to improve, their usage is expected to increase – one day making them as popular as trucks, forklifts, fire trucks, etc.