When you receive a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), only one thing is going through your mind: “What can I do to prevent this from happening again?”
If you want to ensure that your project sites are devoid of injury, you should consult our OSHA defense attorneys. We will give you practical advice and do our best to ensure that you have all the tools necessary to avoid another citation. Another option is using the newest advancements in construction-related technology aimed at improving safety on the project site.
In parts one and two, the OSHA defense lawyers at Cotney Construction Law discussed four different types of technology for improving safety on the project site—exoskeletons, virtual reality, wearables, and site sensors. In this final installment, we will discuss the two remaining technologies aimed at improving your workers’ safety—robots and drones.
There are numerous advantages to utilizing robots to perform certain tasks on the construction site. First and foremost, robots lack a consciousness or emotions so if they’re crushed beneath a structure during construction we tend to look the other way without much thought. Second, they’re extremely efficient workers that often outperform human workers. While many construction professionals feel threatened by this fact, the truth is that in the context of a construction industry struggling with a labor shortage, we need more workers whether human, robot, or otherwise. It’s hard to lay off workers during a labor shortage that has stretched on for over a decade, so the inclusion of robots will provide the relief necessary to maintain productivity and ensure that human workers can keep their jobs. Some robots that will be introduced to mainstream construction in the near future include:
- Robo-Carrier: a robot that can move large quantities of supplies to specific areas of the project site.
- Robo-Welder: a robot that utilizes two arms and sensors to expertly weld along contours.
- Robo-Buddy: a robot that can assist with an array of basic construction tasks on a large scale thanks to its ability to lift heavy objects.
- Semi-Automatic Brick-Laying Robot: lays bricks four times faster than the average human worker.
Drones aren’t particularly new, but their usefulness in the construction industry is still being developed. New applications for drones are constantly being introduced in the form of stronger, more durable drones and helpful attachments that greatly expand drone functionality. For example, drones can be used to survey a project site throughout every stage of development. They can also be used to perform land surveys before development begins. Drones can be used to scout out potential dangers for roofers and even provide data for architects. This information is vital for keeping workers safe.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.