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The construction industry has always been a hazardous environment. Whether it’s the dangers of operating heavy machinery, the potential to fall off of tall structures, or dealing with faulty equipment, it’s no wonder construction sites are looking to technology to help develop safer working conditions. The latest technological advance to hit the construction industry is the prevalent use of drones.
In recent years, we have seen drones emerge to become more and more popular in many different workplaces. Whether it’s for safety or efficiency reasons, drone technology is being used all over the world and is changing the way many work environments operate. While numerous industries have decided to use the devices, the construction industry is perhaps the most impacted by the adoption and use of drones.
Why and how exactly are construction sites using drones these days? Is it really making a difference in keeping workers safe or making work processes more efficient? Read below to find out four major ways drones are affecting the construction industry.
Why Are Drones Used In Construction?
Survey Land On Constructions Sites
Before drones, it was a dangerous and tedious process for a human to inspect a construction site. Now, rather than sending humans to climb ladders, walk on roofs, set up scaffolding, or deal with windy, icy, or other inclement weather conditions, drones are doing the job. Drones can offer a “birds-eye-view” of the job site while being operated by well-trained humans who survey the land and its conditions to ascertain what needs to be addressed, all without putting anyone else at risk.
Create More Efficient Infrastructures
Drones provide excellent intelligence on construction sites. The devices are able to fly and hover over any place they need to be, take photographs, and collect vital data. Relying on drones to do this rather than a human saves an incredible amount of time and money for contractors and companies and prevents safety inspectors from falling victim to workplace dangers themselves.
Everyone from company owners to construction workers can review video footage and real-time data collected to better map out the workflow, keep track of everything that enters or leaves a job site, avoid consistent delays, remain in contact with one another, and properly manage the work being done each day.
Rather than relying on phone calls, reports, or word of mouth updates, drones are being used more and more within construction sites to report progress, keep tabs on employees and/or managers, and help everyone involved maintain consistent contact. The video footage and real-time data drones collect allows for detailed, dependable, and even immediate updates for all parties involved.
Provide Efficient Transportation
Some drones are strong enough to effectively transport goods needed for a construction job. This can be especially helpful because of their size and ability to avoid road traffic. Using drones as an alternative to trucks means deliveries are made in a fraction of the time, costs are cut, and less resources are used to get the job done.
Drones in the Workplace
While it is clear drones certainly make a difference in some aspects of employee safety, they don’t remove every potential danger in the construction industry. The fact is, construction sites are still generally hazardous environments, and many workers are faced with life-threatening tasks and dangerous work conditions every day. If you or a loved one suffered an injury while working on a construction site, contact the Houston workplace injury attorneys at Adame Garza LLP to learn how we can help.