What Defines A Dropped Object?
On worksites, the term dropped object takes on a specific meaning.
A dropped object can be:
- An object that falls from a height by its own weight and gravity, or
- An object that falls from a height due to contact with an energy source.
In either case, the result can be injury to people, property or the environment. Objects to consider with potential to cause accidents are hand tools, tools or equipment left behind after a task.
Eliminating the potential for dropped object accidents is an important part of any safety program. And while everyone knows dropped objects are dangerous, what might not be as obvious is just how dangerous they can be.
WHAT STEPS CAN YOU TAKE TOWARD PREVENTION?
There are many things you can do to aid the prevention of dropped object incidents.
STEPS TO CONSIDER:
- Properly contain tools and material when working at heights
- Consider the use of safety nets and tethers for tools
- Barricade areas below elevated work locations
STOP DANGER / STOP DEFECTS
*Tool Box Talk based on GC submitted by Eric Ryan – P66 Bayway