Former steel worker sets up fresh drone business


A former Redcar steel worker has set up a new drone business following months of unemployment.

The business, Overview Drone Services, captures footage of structures in hard to reach places such as rooftops, chimneys and tall structures for inspection purposes.

According to a report from the Northern Echo, James McDermott was a structural inspector for SSI in Redcar before the closure of the steelworks in 2015.

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He then had work elsewhere but had always wanted to start his own business and saw a route into the drone market which could realise that aspiration.

Overview Drone Services also conducts land surveys which can provide up to date and detailed information of an area of land such as geographic terrain and distance.

McDermott told the Northern Echo: “Using drones for inspection purposes of a site is much more cost-effective for a business. Quite often, a business might have to shut off a particular area of the site to allow for manned access to carry out inspections, but with drones that’s not necessary, as the risk to safety is greatly reduced.”

The firm was set up with help from the SSI Task Force.

He added: “The business wouldn’t be where it is without the help from the SSI Task Force and Five Lamps for their assistance on my business plan. It really needed to be top spec and they helped me achieve that. Overview Drone Services is still in its infancy, and I would love for it to keep growing, so I just want to get the message out there. I really want to make a good go of this.”

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