If there was a way to prevent workers from being put in dangerous positions, that would be an ideal way to prevent workplace injuries. That's one of the benefits of potentially using drones to inspect bridges and other items. Drones are unmanned, but they are controlled by users on the back end. Workers would essentially stay in the office while the drone does the hard work. Ohio Turnpike officials are looking into using drones to help cut the costs of inspections as well as to prevent road closures from having workers on the bridge.
According to the article, The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, or OTIC, will be using an unmanned aircraft system to inspect a bridge that is nearly 1,000 feet long in Sandusky County. That will be the first time it is inspected via drone without a person present. The results will be reviewed against a manual review by an inspector to verify its quality. If this program works, it could take many construction workers and inspectors out of harm's way, clear up traffic congestion by eliminating the need for teams on the ground and save the state money.