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Study looks at the injury risks of falling drones

One thing an increasing number of businesses are looking into using these days are drones. Many special concerns can come up in connection to commercial use of drones. This includes safety concerns.

One such concern is the possibility of a business drone striking someone if it were to malfunction or fall.

A recent study looked at the injury risks associated with being hit by a drone. Through the use of crash test dummies, researchers looked at what injury hazards were present in relation to drone falls and also compared the impacts of being hit by a drone with the impacts associated with being hit by wooden or metal debris.

The study’s results suggest that falling drones might not be as harmful as some might assume. The researchers found that the risk of severe head injury from a falling drone was actually rather small. They also found that the impacts from drone hits tended to be less damaging that the impacts from falling wooden or metal debris.

However, the study still points to there being plenty of dangers associated with drone hits. Among the notable injury risks the study found were risks of penetration injuries, blunt force injuries, severe neck injuries and lacerations.

How common do you think drone use by businesses will become in upcoming years? As commercial drone use grows and develops, what do you think will be some of the most important issues for companies to keep in mind regarding drone safety?

When severe injuries occur in connection to any aspects of a business’ operations, it can be a very serious situation for the business. Among the things a company could end up facing in relation to such a situation are personal injury lawsuits. When a business is facing a lawsuit alleging it of being responsible for a serious injury someone suffered, what legal guidance it has regarding its defense could have significant impacts for it.

Sources: USA Today, “What happens if a drone hits you in the head?,” Doyle Rice, April 28, 2017