Dropped object prevention website
08 December 2016
New website www.preventdrops.com has been launched to promote safety and prevent dropped object accidents.
The online platform focuses on accidents arising from items that fall from multi-level worksites. Dropped object risks account for a significant number of severe accidents in the offshore and other labour intensive industries. Westmark BV’s new website offers advice and simple solutions to prevent such accidents and keep employees and contractors safe.
Working at heights, beneath scaffolding or areas where overhead work is being performed puts workers and the public below at risk of being injured by dropped objects. A dropped object is, according to oil & gas multinational Chevron, “Any object, with the potential to cause death, injury or equipment / environmental damage that falls from its previous static position under its own weight.”
The following items are considered dropped objects: Hand tools being used at heights; hand tools / equipment left behind after working at height; equipment mounted at a height that, following contact, vibration or environmental conditions, could fall, i.e., piping, lights, cameras, rigging gear, etc.; and lifting operations.
www.preventdrops.com provides the necessary tools for safety engineers to prevent and mitigate against the risk of dropped objects.