Dropped Objects Prevention

Dropped object eliminating

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. According to Dropped Object Prevention Scheme (DROPS), an object that weighs less than three pounds if dropped from a height of 30 feet can be fatal.

Dropped objects also known as falling materials

“Is any object with the potential to cause death, injury or equipment/environmental damage which falls from its previous static position under its own weight”.

How bad is the impact? – The drops calculator is a mathematical model used for determining the potential harm a dropped object can cause. It shows that even a small object falling from a high distance can have a weighty and lethal impact. Find the drops calculator on the www.preventdrops.com website.

Aside from the direct physical impact, secondary effects could range from minor injuries that require a simple medical treatment to traumatic fatalities; right down to environmental/equipment damages.  Some of which may amount to huge court fines.

What are the risks

The risk of an object dropping exists in more places than has been acknowledged but it is particularly higher in work at height areas, mostly found in drilling, chemical production and construction activities. Specific examples include:

  • Drilling/well rig platforms
  • Areas below lifting operations
  • Cranes
  • Elevated work areas or platforms such as aerial work platform (AWP), elevating work platform (EWP), or mobile elevating work platform
  • Work spaces where equipment is mounted overhead
  • Temporary/portable equipment
  • Vessels/barges
  • Pipe racks
  • Forklift trucks
  • Poor stacking of materials
  • Scaffolds

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