Dropped Objects Videos from Toolbox

  We are sharing this three-part Stop Drops series from TOOLBOX https://toolbox.energyinst.org/about-toolbox  as these are very educational videos tackling the different Drops hazards and risks; and what companies can do to mitigate those risks. Toolbox is free to use. It holds incident lessons and safety information shared by global energy companies for you to use at […]

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 those eyes 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. This article will examine six ways an […]

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 […]

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. […]

Falling From Grace Heigth safety risk perception

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. We’ve all seen them haven’t we? The images […]

Best Practice Dropped Object Prevention

Dropped objects (DO) present significant safety challenges. Surveys have shown that these challenges relate to a number of factors, including work processes, behaviour, design, and the insufficient securing of equipment. 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 […]

The Complexities of Confined Space Safety

Once a space is designated a permit-required confined space, it engages an extra level of planning and preparation to mitigate the potential hazards. Confined spaces by any relative measure are complicated affairs. Few endeavors involving fall protection pose such dangers not only for the participant, but also those tasked with monitoring the situation or performing […]

The Sky Isn’t Falling (And Your Tools Shouldn’t Either)

For all objects at height – including humans – the focus always should be on preventing things from falling rather than on catching objects, or on limiting the damage after they fall. Dropped objects have been a problem for as long as the force of gravity has existed, and have been written about for at […]

Dropped board when dismantling scaffold

What happened? Workers were dismantling a scaffold. A worker was passing a 6 foot (1.8 metres) wooden board down to a colleague.  He lost balance and dropped the board. The board grazed the colleague’s hardhat and cut his hand. The force of the board could have caused permanent disability or fatality. Why did it happen? The […]