Is 'drone use' the future of safety?

by Aisling Reid

HSE Recruitment were honoured to be recently invited along to a meeting of the IOSH Staffordshire branch where the subject was drone safety.

In this new age, when technological development is moving at a rate that businesses are struggling to keep up with, the use of drones and drone safety is something they are beginning to increasingly utilise and consider. As well as benefits such as saving time and money there is also the option to look at making certain tasks safer with the use of drones.

With businesses such as BT, Amazon and Network Rail leading the way in the use of drones (to do things such as quickly taking more accurate aerial pictures through to effectively delivering more products) this is a topic that is not going to go away.

At the IOSH Staffordshire Branch meeting they tackled this topic along with the help of Cloudbase Images, an aerial photography business specialising in the use of drones. Two experts from Cloudbase, Tom and Tom, talked us through the dos, don’ts and more importantly the process of becoming a qualified drone operator.

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"Used well, drones can undoubtedly allow unsafe actions to take place more safely. The common usage of drones include accessing roofs, working at height, land surveys and aerial photography."

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I will admit, before the event I didn’t know how much went into becoming a qualified operator and what became increasingly clear throughout the evening is that there is more to it than most people know. There are (as with everything), laws and rules to abide by, limitations and strengths which need to be weighed up before choosing to use drones. I would recommend engaging a business such as Cloudbase Images in the first instance of using a drone.

Used well, drones can undoubtedly allow unsafe actions, to take place more safely. The common usage of drones include accessing roofs, working at height, land surveys and aerial photography. The potential to use them in the Safety world more regularly is huge – and already utilised by companies such as Thames Water (check out the SHP piece on Thames Water and how they have begun to use this technology).

The Health and Safety world has sometimes been accused of not utilising modern technology – something which is vital not only to advance Safety but also to attract new talent to the industry, so it was fascinating to see a group such as the IOSH Staffordshire branch tackle this as a subject head on.

If you are interested in more of the IOSH Staffordshire branch meetings – you can find out further information via their Twitter feed or website (details below)

Twitter:@IOSH_Staffs Email: staffordshire@ioshnetworks.co.uk
Website:https://lnkd.in/edk4ZMg

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