Drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, are now prominently featured across a number of professional fields. Today, delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances1, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and ag-drones engage in precision farming2. More than any other industry, however, drones are being put to use on construction worksites, with drone use surging by 239% from 2017 to 20183. Infrastructure work now makes up 35.5% of professional drone-use, far ahead of the next two biggest drone-using industries, agriculture (25.5%) and transportation (10.2%)4.
Typically operated by project managers, technology managers, and superintendents, construction drones have many functions, as they can be used in every phase of the project lifecycle3. Equipped with GPS technology, as well as cameras and sensors that can capture images, video, thermal readings, and infrared data, drones can help improve project conceptualization, planning, measurement, building, management, reporting, monitoring, inspection, safety, security, and even marketing. Drones are revolutionizing construction at a breakneck pace, which is why today we’re breaking down 8 Ways Drones are Changing Construction: Continue reading “8 Ways Drones Are Changing Construction”
Construction workers can sometimes feel like Merle Haggard singing the Working Man Blues, “working as long as my two hands are fit to use.” But as committed as laborers and technicians are, even the hardest working employee can stumble into disaster if safety precautions are not being closely followed on the jobsite.
In some ways, danger is an inherent part of a job that requires working at great heights and operating powerful machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker deaths in the U.S. is in construction. However, supervisors and businesses are responsible for keeping workers safe by lowering risk whenever possible. That’s why it’s so concerning that while safety best practices are widely known throughout the industry, few of those precautions are systematically adopted by the majority of contracting firms. Continue reading “Creating a Culture of Worksite Safety”
Wow. It seems like just yesterday that we were wrapping up 2016, and now here we are marking the end of 2017!! It’s been a big year on the Equipment Trader official Facebook page (which you can visit at www.facebook.com/equipmenttrader). Actually, it’s been far-and-away our biggest year on Facebook ever!!
We went from posting just a few things in 2016, to this year publishing a post every single day, earning hundreds of thousands of views each month!! We cannot thank you enough for contributing to this huge success. We also owe a debt to some very funny memes, most created in-house by our Specialty Content Writer!! Continue reading “Equipment Trader’s Top 10 Memes of 2017”
Forklifts are typically considered equipment for indoor use, transporting materials from one place to another within a manufacturing or storage facility. However, these machines aren’t just for Amazon or Walmart warehouses. Heavy-duty forklifts are quite often an integral part of construction projects for moving heavier materials and other items on a job site. The far-reaching use of this equipment in both indoor and outdoor environments has led engineers to update the forklift with more modern components for greater efficiency and safety. The result of such futuristic innovation has been the Intelligent Forklift!! Continue reading “What Does the Forklift of the Future Look Like?”