Dropped Objects Safety Toolbox Talk

Inform your crews on the dangers of falling objects on the construction site and how to avoid these kinds of accidents.

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Dropped Objects Safety Talk

Working construction jobs can pose some pretty serious injury and fatality risks, and property damage potentials. Very often the risk is for the innocent person who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is very important to always wear safety protection and hard hats when you are in a construction zone with people working above you.

There are many reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics dating back to 2016, stating that there were 255 fatalities caused by objects falling from above and striking a worker. 50,000 workers estimated by OSHA are hurt by falling objects at construction sites. The item that is harming people, doesn’t have to be a large item. That is why it is so important to always wear protective gear, something as small as a bolt can cause damage.

How To Avoid Falling Objects

There are some precautions that you can take when working in a construction zone to help reduce the risk of items falling. Falling objects can do a lot of harm to people and even cause property damage. Taking the right actions to protect people and be as safe as possible is vital. Here are some helpful ways to be more aware and proactive on the construction site:

Wear Correct PPE

Certain areas may require more protection than others do. But, knowing the correct things for your work is important.

Use Engineering Controls

All construction sites should have certain areas that are off-limits. The areas of the grounds that are considered high risk for items falling and people getting hurt. The right type of barricades or taping should be used to make sure no one mistakenly crosses into that space.

There are safety precautions that can be taken to the high levels that these workers will be working in. Such as toe boards, safety nets, tethers, and anchors in the necessary areas. This way falling objects will have less of a chance of striking someone below or farming property below. Not to mention, breaking the equipment that is dropped as well.

Try To Eliminate Hazard

When the worker is working at a high level and using tools that have the potential of falling, they should be removed from the area when finished with. Never leave tools that are not needed anymore laying around. This is just setting a stage for items to be kicked or pushed off.

When workers are finished with the tools and materials that they are using, they should be properly stored and put away. This is one way to cut down on a lot of injuries or fatalities from happening. If there is a way that you can easily keep people safe, you should take advantage of the opportunity.

Taking the responsibility that is needed to be safe on the job site is very important for everyone. PPE is one of the most important things that you can do to help prevent injuries. This small step can make a difference.

Objects That Can Fall

When you think about objects falling and causing a fatality or injury to people below, you think about the larger material or tools. But, that is not how it works. Many times, injuries and fatalities can be caused by the most simple and small objects. It all depends on where, how, and the pace at which it hits someone. Some things that have been known to cause harm are:

  • Drills and Bits
  • Screw Drivers and Screws
  • Hammers and Nails
  • Scaffolds
  • Paint Cans
  • Ladders
  • Boards
  • Power Tools
  • Saws
  • Personal Items On The Worker
  • Personal Drinks or Cups Of The Workers
  • Yes, fatalities can happen from some of these things, even something as small as the screw. There is the chance of an injury to anyone who is below the worker. The injuries that can be endured can range from minor to severe. Causing harm such as:

  • Broken Bones
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Cuts
  • Back Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Permanent Damage
  • Concussion
  • Brain Injuries
  • Be Observant

    While working on a construction site, it is very important that you are observant of what and who is around you. The tools that are out and not being used, the people who are beside or beneath you, and the major equipment that is running are all potential risks when not using caution. A lot of accidents can be avoided when responsibility and caution are put first.

    If you see a tool or piece of equipment laying out that could possibly fall or be tripped over, pick it up and move it. If you see a hazard in someone's way, do what you can to speak up. Even if you think that it is a small risk or small problem, those can only lead to bigger ones down the road.

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