Since you're not dropping the ball, don't drop your tools either

Dropped object safety is an important aspect to keep in mind when aiming to minimise accidents on the job. Dropped objects can often lead to damage of property, injury and even fatalities. It is therefor not a subject to be taken lightly.


Types of dropped objects:

  • Static dropped object - object at rest falls from its original position under its own weight. Most common type of dropped objects.
  • Dynamic dropped object - Object that falls from its previous position due to applied force


Potential causes of dropped objects:

  • | Poor housekeeping
  • | Scrap and debris left aloft
  • | No inspection
  • | No equipment maintenance
  • | Poor designs
  • | Weather
  • | No restraints
  • | No planning
  • | Load miscalculation
  • | Lack of risk assessment
  • | Errors in space requirements
  • | Instability
  • | Ineffective control of equipment or tools taken aloft
  • | No lanyards on tools used at height
  • | Improperly secured or inappropriate loads
  • | No regular inspection procedures
  • | Becoming blind to changes in activity (dynamic risk assessment)
  • | Carrying equipment while at height


Even a small object falling from a height can cause serious or fatal injuries. 


What can you do?

Eliminate the hazard: Remove objects and tools from higher levels, scaffolding, or aerial lifts that do not need to be there. Removing objects that can pose a hazard to people working below is the best option to prevent a dropped object incident.


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