Construction firms keen on drones but many are still unaware of regulations

New online research reveals the extent to which drones are taking off in the construction industry, despite poor knowledge of some of the rules surrounding their use.

Over two in three decision makers at construction businesses (70 per cent) said the technology is either already in use in their industry, or will be in the future, according to the research, carried out by YouGov on behalf of law firm Charles Russell Speechlys.

Despite their growing prevalence, two in five (40 per cent) of those with an opinion on future use of drones in the construction industry claimed they lack knowledge about the rules and regulations surrounding their use, such as in relation to security, privacy, aerial trespassing and personal responsibility.

David Savage, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said:

“Many companies using drones…do not know that they are in danger of violating the privacy rights of individuals whose images are being captured by the technology. But it’s no surprise that businesses do not understand the rules and regulations around drones, as there is currently no clear legal framework to help them.

“This report highlights the need for government to act to clarify the law on drones as their use becomes more ubiquitous by both consumers and businesses, including those in the construction sector.”

In total, 34 per cent of senior decision makers across businesses in Great Britain said drones are either already in use in their industry, or will be in the future.

On average, 18 per cent of those with an opinion on future drone use in their industry said that they lack knowledge around some of the rules and regulations surrounding the technology.