An increasing trend in today’s UAV market is passing human work off to drones. Apart from the obvious reasons like efficiency and reach that drones can offer, an aspect to consider is safety. It is one, if not the main reason, that public and private companies seek the use of drones.
Let’s face it. It is a lot easier to rely on drones out in the field or around dangerous work. A drone part can simply get repairs in case of damage. Human life does not have such luxury. At the end of the day, companies and sectors rest easier at night knowing their workers are working safely. That their employees do not have to face unnecessary danger while at work.
Drones can easily come in and do the dangerous and often unpredictable parts of jobs.
A sector in society that has seen an increase in drone use are the emergency services. From firefighting to police work, drones are now starting to join in. Even in tasks like Search and Rescue, as well as first responders in disasters; drones are there.
The trend will continue with no signs of stopping, since this makes the job easier. An easier job, while the actual human employees are as far away from harm as possible. Sounds like a win-win situation in my book.
Kentucky Drone Acquisition:
A town in Kentucky called Maysville has hopped onto this trend. The officials of the Mason County Emergency Management have stated an interest in acquiring a drone for the purposes mentioned above. Really, you cannot beat an unmanned aerial vehicle surveying the area before the human responders arrive. An eye in the sky with high definition cameras can scope out any potential danger for the workers. This will make sure that the people who respond would be aware of any risks. They would definitely not go into an area blind, without information to start with.
The county is eyeing a DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ that is worth about $2000. The project would require approval first, as well as the subsequent training of the staff. Maintenance costs and repairs may also be needed, since they plan on the drone accompanying first responders.
But at the end of the day, a $2000 investment for safer work environment would be more than enough to combat the risks. Such as human injuries in the field, accidents, or even death casualties. The price for safety is high, but it’s good to know local governments are willing to match it.