Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have presented us with many new opportunities, from aerial photography to mapping and package delivery. They are also helping us be safer by performing some high risk activities. Here’s how different industries are using drones to increase health & safety.
Foot traffic has long been forbidden or ill-advised in many places in a mine, such as near the crests and toes of highwalls, under operating machinery, on stockpiles and muck piles, or near blasts. Under such circumstances, obtaining measurements with a surveying rod, total station or GNSS is problematic. UAV aerial photography and remote sensing allow us to capture all that information without putting someone in harm’s way.
Confined spaces present serious safety risks for workers:
- Lack of oxygen
- Hazardous chemical or biological substances
- Flammable and explosive atmospheres
- Moving parts of equipment, structural hazards
- Excessive heat
Oil & Gas Platforms
Drones can be used for inspections, maintenance & repair of oil & gas platforms, assets, utilities, infrastructure & energy parks. They can be used on any part of the platform where inspections typically require rope access or scaffolding.
Search and Rescue
More and more search and rescue organizations are adding UAV’s to their toolbox. They are used to:
- Locate people after earthquakes,
- Deliver supplies to inaccessible areas while rescue crews work to reach them
- Monitor forest fires
- Analyze structural damages
Although drones perform these dangerous tasks for us, they also present their own safety challenges. Make sure to look up the regulations in your jurisdiction and follow all applicable rules and fly safely.