Drones – Bringing Cool Careers into the Construction Industry
The team here at Safety Fabrications is determined to keep up to date with developments in the construction industry. The increasing use of drones for inspection work has fascinated us – after all, we manufacture and supply access equipment for working at height and anything that makes work at height safer gets a big welcome from us. However, not everybody seems to be welcoming this new technology – there are those who are concerned that an increase in the use of drones (whether for inspection work or other purposes) is likely to lead in job losses as machines replace mankind. Nothing could be further from the truth so today we’re going to take another look at some of the benefits that drones may bring to the construction industry in general.
We’re all aware of the burgeoning skills crisis within our sector which is likely to get worse once the UK leaves Europe – this is something we were warning about before the Referendum and have been reporting on since the Brexit vote was returned. We’ve welcomed the increase in apprenticeships within our industry as well as the fact that there are now degree courses available for young people who want to choose a career in construction and an initiative aimed at providing more work experience placements for school leavers and students.. However, as we’ve already pointed out, we need to ensure that the jobs in construction are seen as an attractive prospect and this means the construction industry needs to be seen as a “cool” option. What could be cooler for a young person thinking about their future than considering a career as a drone pilot?
Although many of us in construction find the use of new technology innovative and exciting, there is still a faction that is fearful that the increase in technology will lead to a decrease in jobs. We need to promote the idea that there is a wealth of potential when it comes to using drones in construction. Why not look at drones in the same way as you would a concrete mixer. Using a concrete mixer makes a bricklayer’s life so much easier – no need for the backbreaking work of manually mixing so that more effort and attention can be dedicated to the skilled part of the job – laying the bricks perfectly. We still need skilled bricklayers, despite the fact that concrete mixers have been around for years – there are still brickies on every construction site in the land. Using drones to help with work at height inspections doesn’t eliminate the need for personnel – it just makes their job safer, easier and faster.
One of the major effects the increasing use of drones is likely to have is giving construction a cool image and encourage a new wave of skilled workers into the industry. Drones are likely to make the construction sector more appealing to young people considering their career choices and, instead of reducing the workforce, make it easier to increase the workforce – an extremely important consideration when we’re facing the fact that the workforce is set to decrease by 20 – 25% over the coming ten years. Using drones might be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the construction industry as a whole fighting back against the skills shortage.