Unmanned aerial vehicles in construction and worker safety

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Christine Branche , John Howard , Vladimir Murashov

Summary Statement

This article in the Journal of Industrial Medicine examines the occupational safety and health implications, both positive and negative, of the dramatically increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in construction work. UAVs are used to observe workflow, inspect structural integrity and perform maintenance checks. They can also perform dangerous tasks, which take workers out of harm's way. UAVs, however, can also create hazards. These senior NIOSH researchers review the four main uses of drones and explores the worker safety implications.
September 18, 2017