Health and safety in construction is important. It’s an industry that by nature is prone to hazardous situations. Statistics show that 3% of all construction workers in the UK have sustained an injury at work. So regardless of your type of project, safety should always be the number one priority.
If you’re serious about keeping your site and team safe, you should definitely be considering drone and aerial imagery. From completing inspections to ensuring workers are kept out of danger zones, drones can significantly improve safety in the construction and infrastructure sector.
Here are 3 ways drones can help your team to work safer on site
Keeping boots off the ground
Although there are some situations that call for inspection by a person, many workplace injuries can be eliminated by simply keeping people out of harm’s way. During any construction activity conducted on busy roads, for example, the interaction of workers and traffic always adds additional risk.
Traditional methods of capturing topographical data are not only unsafe but often require the implementation of traffic management systems and road closures. This creates thousands of pounds of added costs and is disruptive to the public. By utilising drones, data can be safely captured remotely - without putting boots on the ground in a hostile environment. Drones now give project and site managers a safe way to access hard to reach or dangerous locations.
Mapping and monitoring a complex site
The ability to monitor a construction site from a distance is a big step forward to a safer and more efficient building process. Construction sites are complex with assets constantly moving. Regular monitoring is essential because stakeholders need to know the status of each moving piece, and how a project is progressing. With the help of new data capture technologies such as drones, and the development of visualisation platforms, project managers can now keep track of project progress with higher efficiency.
Drones can monitor huge areas much quicker than traditional manual methods. When processed in the right way, drone survey data can even be used to detect hazardous conditions and notify project managers when risk increases or when workers are straying from the proper protocol.
Data captured by Sensat and hosted on Mapp
Assurance of works and equipment
Drone survey data is a very powerful tool in the hands of the team responsible for the safety of the site when the construction work stops. Whether that be overnight, or extended periods of suspended works - much like the lockdown imposed on the UK this year.
The Cabinet Office’s ‘Procurement Policy Note - COVID-19’ prioritises a smooth restart of infrastructure projects following lockdown. We’re working with Asset Owners and General Contractors to capture snapshots of their site using drones throughout the period of lockdown. This is to ensure the assurance and security of both works and equipment.
The future of returning to work
Three out of four sites have now reopened, with even more expected to open in June. Strict safety measures will have to be put in place on all construction sites and building projects to ensure people are kept safe. The industry is highly safety-conscious and, although it will be challenging to implement social distancing measures, ensuring safe working practices is at the top of the industry’s priorities.
Industry leaders are adopting new remote work technologies and procedures to limit the impact of the pandemic on their employees. Utilising drones to remotely capture and monitor site data is one-way companies throughout the UK are getting employees safely back to work.