Technology is fastly impacting nearly every part of the construction industry. As we’ve mentioned on previous articles, while it took time for construction leaders to adapt, new tools are saving time and money on jobsites throughout the United States.
However, there is another side to the use of technology on the jobsite, especially as it pertains to the use of drones. With new technologies come new considerations and, unfortunately, new risks. A drone is a highly specialized piece of equipment that requires special training to use. If not flown correctly, it can present a danger to the property and people it flies above. Also, compliance with Federal Aviation Authority regulations is critical.
There are ways to mitigate these risks. To help, our Clearwater construction attorneys are providing several tips to make flying drones as advantageous as possible. For more tips, skip to part two of this series.
The investment is too great to not have liability insurance. When insuring a drone, look for a company that provides general liability insurance with unmanned aircraft liability endorsements. The policy must cover injury to individuals and any property damage that could be potentially caused by the drone. Close attention must be paid to this policy to ensure that it doesn’t exclude instances of equipment malfunction that can lead the drone to crash. For more information on how to mitigate risk on the construction site, contact at a Clearwater construction attorney at Cotney Construction Law.
Standard Operating Procedures
With specialized equipment, like drones, it’s important to have a set of procedures for its use. The SOP should include, FAA regulatory information, instructions on how to use the drone, a flight checklist, an emergency plan, and maintenance information, among other items. All pilots should be well-versed in the SOP before using the drone.
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.