Unmanned Aerial Systems for Construction Safety Applications

Aerial photo of a building being constructed

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Construction Safety Applications

The construction industry plays a significant role in the economic growth of all countries. However, workers employed in this industry experience a disproportionately high rate of injuries and fatalities. In response, researchers have suggested using technologies such as wireless sensors, radio-frequency identification (RFID), and global positioning systems (GPS) to improve safety performance and to reduce the potential for human error. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) are an emerging technology that show particular promise in this arena. UASs can move faster than humans, reach inaccessible areas of jobsites, and be equipped with video cameras, wireless sensors, radars, or different communication hardware to transfer real-time data. These characteristics would enable safety managers to observe the construction site at a glance in real time. For this reason, this study explores the potential applications of UASs in construction safety. The findings of the study help professionals recognize UASs’ potential construction-safety application requirements and challenges.