Observation Techniques

Identification, assessment and risk ranking of findings will address opportunities to eliminate or manage potential dropped objects. Regular Hazard Hunts can be implemented, raising awareness whilst making the worksite a safer place.

Best practice recommendations:

  • Set aside time and limit the area to be inspected
  • Concentrate on categories of potential items (eg loose material, panels, lighting, corroded structure etc) and establish how these are secured and if they require removal or repair
  • Limit the number of personnel in each area, in order to maintain an overview
  • Findings that do not conform to Best Practice and cannot be immediately rectified safely should be reported to the Area Authority. To assist in risk ranking, include description of item and area, potential consequence if it were to fall (DROPS Calculator), possible causes (corrosion, collision etc) and if appropriate suggested recommendations for remedial action
  • Follow up on all items reported. Corrective action is after all a decisive factor in preventing dropped objects.

Imprortant considesrations:

  • Involve everyone in this process, a fresh pair of eyes can be beneficial
  • Ensure all ‘hunters’ have secured all personal equipment and that bags or containers are available for appropriate collection and disposal of debris
  • Advise the importance of accurately reporting location of any items that may appear to be integral components of equipment or its fixings (eg bearings, bolts, brackets). This may be an early warning sign of a potential failure.

Next these observations needs to be taken into account and things that are not in order needs to be fixed. This gives responsibilities to management and to workers on site.]

Management responsibilities:

 •   Ensure a high standard of orderliness and cleanliness, undertake random checks – involve          the Area Responsible
•    Ensure that routines/systems to prevent dropped objects are established:
           - Active use of image-based inspection programme
           - Training in DO observation technique (on the job training)
           - Strengthen daily risk management, identify and manage DO risk
            - Learning and transfer of experience
•    Ensure that time and resources are set aside for work with these routines/systems
•     Check that the routines/systems are followed/used

Worker responsibilities:

•    Follow established routines/systems for the prevention of DO follow-up your own actions
•    Continually identify potential DO risks
•    Eliminate dangers to yourself and others
•    Report findings or undesirable incidents