Best Practice Dropped Object Prevention

The handbook was originally produced by Statoil and Working Together for Safety (SfS) , in close collaboration with equipment suppliers and users. The purpose of the handbook is to disseminate knowledge and best practice to the entire industry – we shall not have dropped objects in our industry!

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Falling from Grace

Falls from height account for a significant proportion of workplace and at-home serious and fatal accidents in many countries around the world. In this article Andrew Sharman argues that we must engage, encourage and empower workers to think differently about how they perceive risks in the workplace.

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The Fatal Fall Incident

The oil tanker was berthed alongside and discharging cargo. The chief officer was signing off the same day. His replacement had been sailing on the vessel for many years so they did a quick handover. The following morning the cargo operation was completed around noon and the crew started to clean the cargo tanks.

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Avoiding falling objects

Falling or flying objects on a worksite can expose workers to relatively minor injuries, such as cuts and abrasions, as well as more serious injuries, such as concussions or blindness. Working beneath scaffolds or other areas where overhead work is being performed puts workers at risk from falling objects. Flying objects become a concern when workers are using power tools or performing tasks that involve pushing, pulling or prying.

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Six step to prevent injuries from falling objects

The eyes of an employee are one of the greatest tools in the injury prevention toolbox. With them an employee can spot hazards and take the steps necessary to prevent injury. However, each year thousands of workers are injured by a hazard they cannot see, falling objects.

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