Questions abound about OSHA drones

In certain cases, OHSA is allowed to use drones to assist in investigations that take place in Pennsylvania and other states. However, contractors have many different concerns related to this practice. For instance, there may be many different employers working on a construction site.

OSHA requires that an employer give permission before a drone is released over a job site. However, it is unclear if obtaining the permission of a single employer means that all employers in the area can be monitored. Employers have also questioned how they would be able to object to any videos or photos that the drone takes. So far, OSHA has used drones for nine inspections. A representative from the Associated General Contractors of America said that the group doesn't have an opinion on drone use yet. However, that person did say that the group wants the technology to be implemented with an eye toward accuracy.

Generally speaking, there is no policy as to how companies should deal with an OSHA inspector who uses a drone. Employers are encouraged to develop strategies that can help to protect their rights. This could include having a representative from a company being monitored work with OSHA during an inspection and during the drone flight planning process.

Typically, OSHA investigates a job site because there have been reports of accidents causing serious injuries. If an individual is hurt in a workplace accident, he or she could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may allow an individual to recoup lost wages and have medical bills paid. An attorney may be able to answer any questions a person has about these benefits. Legal counsel could also help an injured worker receive them in a timely manner.

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