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Aerial Drones: The Future for Roof Inspectors?

Aerial Drones: The Future for Roof Inspectors?

Recently, American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced that they’ve been granted approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin using drones in the place of human inspectors for roof inspections. This follows exemptions given to State Farm and United Services Automobile Association (USAA), dramatically increasing workplace safety for hard-working roof inspectors.

Every year as homes are damaged by natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, and other natural disasters, insurance inspectors look over roofs and their underlying structures for damage and safety concerns – a risky job to say the least. The use of drones hopes to significantly reduce that risk.

AIGs own Executive Vice President, Eric Martinez, said that “AIG is committed to continuous improvement and innovation in providing better, faster, and safer risk and claims assessments to our customers”. He believes that the use of newfound technologies like drones will enable them to more efficiently aid communities in rebuilding efforts after a catastrophe.

Because the use of drones is so new to the insurance claims industry, use has been restricted only to use on commercial property. It is likely that an exemption will be given in the near future as the technology proves itself to be safe and dependable.

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