OSHA Using Drones To Inspect Jobsites

Lubbock Workplace Injury Attorneys

If you happen to work in construction, you know the importance of having foreman, lead workers, and front-line supervisors who know how to practice proper safety protocol. While routine inspections may seem like a mundane everyday task, they are conducted in order to remain in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines for keeping employees safe from harm. Now OSHA has found a new way to ensure worker safety.

Recently, OSHA sent out a memo formalizing its use of drones equipped with cameras in order to collect evidence during inspections of workplace settings. This means OSHA can now not only review jobsites on the ground during in-person inspections, but it can also view the location from above via drone footage.

These drones provide OSHA with another means of keeping both jobsites and their employees accountable and safe. However, this does not mean employers and contractors have no control over drone inspections.

OSHA must obtain express consent from an employer prior to conducting a drone search. If – for whatever reason – the employer objects, OSHA is not permitted to conduct any sort of drone inspection unless a search warrant is obtained. Employers also have the right to limit a drone inspection to an area of complaint or concern, or to object to photos or video being taken of areas that could potentially reveal trade secrets.

Construction Accidents & OSHA

According to OSHA, in 2017 over 5,000 workers were killed on the job. That’s more than 99 deaths per week or 14 deaths each day. These alarming numbers reflects a fairly consistent trend throughout the past decade, leading to new regulations designed to keep workers safe.

Despite OSHA’s stringent guidelines, hundreds of workers still face severe injuries or death from a wide number of situations at construction sites.

Types of Construction Accidents Include:

  • Falling, particularly from scaffolding which often leads to head or brain injuries or spinal cord injuries
  • Being buried or crushed under a scaffold or embankment that collapses
  • Burning in fires or explosions
  • Being struck by debris or objects, especially tools dropped from above
  • Becoming caught in or crushed by heavy machinery, especially when clothing becomes snagged
  • Injury by defective tools, which break, spark, or come apart
  • Injury in accidents involving dump trucks, cranes, and other workplace vehicles

Lubbock Workplace Injury Attorneys

Many Texas workplace injury accident victims were injured through no fault of their own. If another person or business acted negligently and that negligence caused your injuries, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Contact the professionals at Liggett Law Group today for a free consultation.