Why do drops occur in the workplace?
At onshore and offshore facilities, falling or dropped objects can occur for many reasons, including poor maintenance, harsh weather conditions, moving equipment or even human error. This can be a significant risk if best-practice dropped object procedures are not followed. An understanding of the primary causes of these incidents can help conduct safer drop prevention and risk assessment procedures in the future.
Inadequate risk assessment
Risk assessments are key in identifying potential dropped object hazards and implementing prevention procedures. If not completed correctly, or at all, this can lead to missing even obvious risks which result in avoidable accidents and many legal implications.
Failed fixtures and fittings
Failed fixtures can and will often dislodge and fall, especially on offshore industries that face particularly testing conditions such as saltwater corrosion, and high winds. Regular inspections can reduce the risk of dropped objects. A high-quality, durable inspection tagging system will ensure this process is completed correctly.
Accidents happen and sometimes can’t be helped; however, poor behaviour, neglect or complacency can also lead to dropped object related injuries and fatalities. Proper training, and awareness of hazards can help prevent this from happening. Using drop prevention procedures such as our XDROP mats, will also ensure that even if something is dropped due to human error, no one will get hurt.
Inadequately stored or secured tools
Hand tools, power tools, or even PPE are all examples of tools that should be securely tethered with lanyards or contained in a safe tool store to avoid them falling and injuring someone or damaging machinery or work equipment.