Dropped objects are a major source of incidents in heavy industries. In the drilling industry offshore dropped objects are listed in the top ten of most frequent incidents. By securing overhead fixtures using secondary locking devices and additional securing techniques incidents are prevented and risk for personnel is reduced significantly.
Dropped objects are prevented using secondary retention nets. These specifically designed safety nets secure, enclose and tether overhead fixtures with the purpose to prevent a fixed item from falling when its primary attachment fails. The nets are designed for onshore and offshore installations.
The nets can for example enclose and tether overhead fixtures, such as; lights, beacons, speakers, self-retracting lifelines, CCT’s, anodes, pipe clamps and other items that are located above personnel and critical equipment.
The nets fully encloses the item being secured, while the integrated securing cable attaches around a structural attachment point, preventing both the item and fixture components from dropping or falling.
'The nets are made out of high grade stainless steel: it is in most cases the preferred steel for use in marine environments because of its greater resistance to pitting corrosion than other grades of steel. A carabiner hook will make it easy to attach the unit to a secondary retention point. Photos DropSafe.
Where to use
• Fixtures located above personnel and critical equipment
• Fixtures on mobile equipment (e.g. crane booms, derricks, drill rigs, draglines and shovels)
• Fixtures in potential impact zones of mobile equipment
• Fixtures and mountings exposed to vibration wear and fatigue
• Fixtures prone to oxidation and galvanic corrosion
• Fixtures located in areas difficult to access for maintenance or inspection
All portable equipment used where there is a risk of the equipment falling to an underlying level must be secured against being dropped
Remember even small items falling from significant heights can cause injury and distractions. Ensure all personal equipment (tally books, pens, calipers, cameras, water bottles etc.) is secure in a fastened pocket or carry pouch. If the item is not required for the task, do not carry it at height - leave it at ground level.
Securing Tools >5kg / 11lbs
Securing of Personnel