Drones Support Strategies
The core purpose of fall prevention and fall protection (FPP) is to stop people from falling.
Standard FPP training, audits, inspections and corporate audit and evaluation programs are fragmented and lack a global overview and process which integrates the various components into an overall interactive observation process that can be delivered in a timely
fashion. These programs have become exclusive of each other, leaving a gap which exposes workers, employers, safety directors and owners to risks in the form of injuries, deaths and subsequent fines, legal actions, loss of business, loss of reputation and other losses.
Rauch’s IAOP ™ evaluation (Infrastructure Access Observation Program), incorporates a global view of FPP safety, combining standards with practical hands-on experience. Rauch’s IAOP ™ is designed to provide a current and objective, outside evaluation of a
company’s Safety Management System (SMS) and Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP) as it relates to the areas FPP and to identify any potential areas of incompleteness which may pose a risk to employers or employees as well as to identify any subsequent areas of
improvement and to incorporate these results into future inspections and audits.
At every stage of a project, Infrastructure Access, Fall Protection, and Confined Spaces (small and cramped spaces, such as utility corridors, mines, internal pipelines, pressure vessels and nuclear plants), require visual inspections, and carry a high level of risk for workers. Lack of well thought out procedures, systems, equipment, training, and communication can have disastrous results.
Complex and unique structural designs present an ever-increasing challenge for safe access.
As a group, building maintenance units (BMU), bridge travelling platforms, rescue platforms, other similar types of equipment, and more recently, emerging drone technologies, play a critical role as part of a long-term strategy in the ability to safely build, inspect, and maintain operational efficiency and longstanding asset integrity of a wide variety of structures.
Drones are changing the way that inspections and maintenance are done. New models can perform LiDAR, infrared and visual inspections at the same time. They can use built-in GNSS receivers to maintain an accurate, geolocated position in the air. While regulatory requirements are still evolving, drones provide improved worker safety, faster and easier inspections, more detailed data collection, and reduced costs. As they further develop, heavy lift drones will be utilized to make the movement of equipment from structures safer, faster and more cost effective, elimination the need for cranes and helicopter lifts.
Remote monitoring offers critical oversite, security, and management of infrastructure entry points, ensuring that only vetted and trained personnel access these areas, that each individual has the requisite credentials and training to not only enter the area, but to use access equipment. Additionally, monitoring of equipment’s critical functions, latest service and maintenance updates and requirements, adds another layer of worker protection.
From project concept through design, construction, and ongoing maintenance, protecting personnel requires careful integration between clients, employees, safety consultants, and equipment providers. Addressing issues at the earliest stages of a project protects workers and owners in terms of safety and cost.
When addressing complex safety challenges, our services are not based solely on pre-established “best-practices”, but incorporate practical, real world and on -the-ground experiences. We provide clients with essential expertise in assessing risk, identifying, and managing qualified resources and ensuring that a dynamic process of effective safety is governed and maintained by a comprehensive, practical, and fully integrated Access & Fall Protection Safety Program.
Our advisory and management services begin at the early design phase and continue through to vendor selection, equipment turnover, commissioning, and training, and if required, include unbiased and impartial mediation in the event of dispute.
Beginning with an initial assessment and understanding of our clients’ expectations and the complexities and nuances of the proposed project, we develop findings, recommendations, solutions, clear goals, and conclusions, for their consideration and decision. We continue to guide them through a process that is critical to a program’s success in stringent yet opportune and challenging business ecosystems.
Transformational programs and strategies while promising prodigious value, often fail to fully deliver. Late delivery, budget overruns, and failure to meet expectations are often symptoms of poor program management.
Identifying and managing the precise balance between strategic and critical initiatives, and consistency in oversight, are often the most complex, challenging, and time-sensitive components of a project.
Our program services deliver single point of leadership, administration of cross-functional cooperation, and offer end-to-end management, all designed to address the risks and complexities of key program and project implementation.
Commercial & Corporate Headquarters
Courthouses & Criminal Justice
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Hospital & Healthcare
Hotel, Casinos & Resorts
Oil & Gas (onshore/offshore)
Ports & Harbors
Rail & Transit