Dropped Object Alert
A falling object was spotted by a crane operator whilst the crane was in operation earlier this week. The object has been identified as a nylon protector plate which fell from the crane boom. No one was injured as a result of the nylon protector plate becoming a dropped object and there was also no damage to the rig platform below. The weight of the nylon protector plate was 0.95kg and it dropped a total of 40m, therefore the impact energy of the dropped object would have been enough to cause a fatality.
It’s believed the protector plate design will be reviewed and an investigation as to if the crane was being operated correctly will take place as a result of this incident. Static dropped objects are the most common type of dropped objects. Always use 'Safe tooling for Working At Height' to prevent tools becoming dropped objects. To read our article on ‘How to tell the difference between static and dynamic dropped objects’ click here or to view our full product range click here.