Clyde & Co – Flying high? Surveying the health and safety implications of drones

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Authors - Alan Kells and Chris Morrison

The use of drones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles) continues to increase across various industries including off-shore, construction, surveying, infrastructure, warehousing, filming & photography, agriculture and insurance. There are clear benefits to their use for high risk work activities, both in reducing the exposure of employees to risk, and the speed with which drones can be deployed, such as for the inspection of damage on the exterior of a high rise building or off-shore platform. As the use of drones becomes more common, we look at the health and safety implications, the responsibilities of businesses and operators, and their regulation.

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