It’s a Bird – It’s a Plane – No: It’s an OSHA Drone Flying Over Your Worksite

Written by Douglas J. Suter, partner and construction attorney for Hahn Loeser.

Hahn Loeser is involved in a construction fatality where the Cleveland OSHA office’s compliance officer wanted to use a drone to fly over the site to photograph and videotape the site and the equipment involved in the fatality. OSHA agreed to share the drone footage with the employers involved in the OSHA investigation. This request came as part of OSHA’s new inspection procedure.

OSHA’s recent Drone Inspection Memorandum states that OSHA may use drones for compliance assistance and inspections and that OSHA is exploring obtaining a blanket certificate of operation from the FAA to use drones nationwide."

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