Commercial drones are completely changing the way large-scale operations do business. They have been used to find efficiencies across a diverse swath of industries, from farming, to renewable energy, to conservation efforts. Nowhere has the impact of drones been more acutely felt than in the construction industry where they are being utilized in every step of the process from site mapping and planning to security and inspections.
But perhaps one of the most important impacts drones can have for the construction industry, is in keeping workers safe. In 2016, nearly 1,000 construction workers in the U.S. lost their lives on the job. That is the highest mortality rate of any U.S. industry. Many of those tragedies could have been prevented. Drone technology is a critical tool for project managers to improve the health and safety of their workforce.