Falling Object Hazards
How can you protect against falling object hazards?
Extra care is always needed when working on platforms and scaffolds, in aerial lifts and at other elevated locations so that those working below are not put at risk.
Here are some things to consider for minimizing the risk of falling object hazards.
- Store loose small materials and tools in containers so they are not unintentionally knocked off platforms or scaffolds.
- Avoid reaching over guard rails with tools and materials. If it can’t be avoided, use tethers, lifts or scaffolds.
- Use a canvas bag and hand line to move tools and material to upper levels rather than carrying or tossing them.
- Use netting around platform railings if toe boards don’t provide enough protection.
- Don’t hold too many objects in your hands while walking or working. For example, when working flanges or manways, don’t hold a wrench in your hand while positioning or holding bolts. Put the wrench down and thread the bold so there are fewer things to control.
- Secure metal or plywood sheeting (as appropriate per Operations) to gratings and platform penetrations where small objects could fall through.
- Barricade the areas below and put up tags to alert others of overhead work.
When working overhead ask yourself 3 questions…
- What could possibly fall?
- Where could potential falling objects fall through or from?
- Where could falling objects go?