OSHA using Drones as a Tool…But is it Legal?
As drones become more prevalent in society, you will see more organizations adopting drones a working tool. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is another organization that realizes the true values drones bring to the workplace. To meet this new demand, OSHA is obtaining a Blanket Public Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate drones nationwide. Drones are as commonplace as chairs in an office. If you do not currently hold a FAA Commercial Drone Pilot License, you should think about training now! his will give you a leg up on your competition in the job market.
OSHA uses drones with cameras to conduct at least nine inspections of employer facilities after obtaining permission from the companies’ management. The drones were most frequently deployed following accidents at work-sites that were considered too dangerous for OSHA inspectors to enter, including an oil drilling rig fire, a building collapse, a combustible dust blast, an accident on a television tower and a chemical plant explosion.
Currently, OSHA has to as organizations permission to fly over their facility. Some lawyers are raising an eyebrow as this could open a pandora’s box of liabilities that historically may not have been detected. Are these unauthorized and legal searches? Read more and tell us what you think about OSHA using drones