Dropped objects hazards
Dropped objects are items that fall or have the potential to fall from height due to static and dynamic forces. Fixtures (lights, CCTV cameras, speakers etc.), handheld devices, unsecured equipment, tools, consumables and structural components are all recognised hazards.
A wide range of factors can contribute to dropped and falling objects:
- Corrosion in marine environments
- Inadequate installation and maintenance
- Dynamic movement of vessels and equipment
- Impact by operating equipment (cranes)
- Human error
- Environmental factors such as wind and gravity
- Unsecured tools and equipment used at height
- Limited scheduled inspections until yard time
Dropped and falling objects can result in fatalities or serious disabling injuries of personnel in or near the impact zone, as well as damage to critical equipment, with negative consequences.