Current and future drone systems will be primarily performing inspection, scanning and sampling tasks in and around environments both accessible and inaccessible to workers. This will allow many manual tasks that had a high level of inherent risk to be performed remotely, thereby eliminating the exposed human element. That said, as with most complex systems there will be limitations, faults and failures from time to time. So while the exposed human element can’t be entirely eliminated, mine safety will see a marked improvement as drones and other remote systems are implemented.