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The purpose of this research is to identify techniques by using drones to improve the safety and productivity of tower workers. Tower work requires that workers frequently climb structures for inspections at heights between 200 and 400 feet with some towers that exceed 1000 feet above ground level. The fatality rates of tower workers frequently exceed all other professions in the United States and is regarded as one of the most dangerous industries to work in. This is because tower workers have to make a several hundred foot climb for a simple visual inspection, thus exposing them to hazards that a drone could reduce. Workers also spend significant time climbing up and down a tower to perform theses inspections. With drones the goal was to decrease the amount of climbs and to decrease the amount of time on the job site. Through the use of drone technology it was concluded that drones can significantly improve the safety of tower workers and improve productivity.
Leasher, Trey J., "Utilization of Drone Technology to Improve Tower Worker Safety and Productivity" (2017). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 122.