Legislation Set to Impact the Construction Jobsite

The construction jobsite is becoming connected, but are your workers following the rules set in place to ensure safety and compliance with all the latest gadgets? Two big pieces of legislation could impact how technology is leveraged at your jobsite today—and in the future.

Drones

Drones have emerged as a game-changing technology in the construction industry due to their ability to monitor construction sites, take photos, collect information, and then send that back to the project managers or design team.

Naturally, they have already been regulated to ensure safety. In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration has several regulations. The most prevalent of these restrictions is known as the “line of sight rule,” which mandates that drone operators keep the unmanned aircraft within eye shot at all times.

To act as a remote pilot for drones in accordance with FAA regulations, a person must obtain a remote pilot certificate. Drones are not permitted to fly higher than 400 feet, faster than 100 mph, or at night.

Autonomous Vehicles

The promise of fully autonomous vehicles is another area that can transform the construction industry. The focus currently is on motor vehicles for the consumer on the road and there have been several legislative discussions and decisions made in regards to the technology and the creation of the vehicles.

Most recently, the SELF DRIVE Act, passed by the House of Representatives, updates the federal motor vehicle safety standards to account for advances in technology and the evolution of highly automated vehicles. While it is targeted to self-driving cars, it could have a ripple effect on the autonomous equipment at the construction jobsite.

Legislation is a big consideration for construction companies—and these are two big ones that will impact technology implementation and use at your jobsites.

Posted: 10/20/2017 3:00:06 PM



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