The automotive industry pioneered the remote-controlled (RC) robot movement by adding robots to assembly lines.  Now the construction industry is getting into the game as RC machinery solves two of construction’s biggest problems: worker’s compensation claims and recruiting new workers. Expect other industries to get on board as robots begin to solve more and more safety and work problems.

How can robots help me with worker’s comp?

Remote controlled machinery reduces worker compensation plans by keeping operators at a safe distance from hazards and eliminating physical strains and fatigue. In addition, these machines improve efficiency and many are able to run with zero emissions in confined space. RC machines are being used for:
 

Refractory tearout in a foundry.
Breaking rock in mining.
Excavating and bulldozing.
Bricklaying.
Drones for site surveying.
Demolition.

 

Husqvarna Construction - Demolition Robots


So will robots steal our jobs?

Believe it or not, adding robots actually does the opposite by attracting a new generation of workers. Removing physical labor from the job description and replacing it with “remote-control robots” has many millennials who grew up with technology intrigued. The transition to robotic machinery could prove to be crucial, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost half of construction workers will be 55 or older by 2018.

Introducing remote-controlled machinery is a great way to reduce workplace hazards and attract young workers. So if you want to take the weight off your workers, you might leave the heavy lifting to the robots.




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