Falling Object Risks

Falling object hazards can be hidden in plain sight. They’re a threat in many businesses, not just warehouses or construction. In this Safety Brief, we detail three risk reduction steps to help eliminate injury from falling objects.

#1. Operations assessment. Do a general inspection of your facility


#2. Review departments, people and their positions, and consider PPE, personal protective equipment.

#3. Write up specific details. Put the evaluation into an action plan.


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falling_object_risks-Creative_Safety_Supply-250x250Dan Clark: Imagine a pallet of improperly stored bowling balls on a high warehouse shelf. At any moment those could be falling objects. Let’s fix this problem!

Hello, I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, where we talk about health and safety hazards in today’s demanding industrial and construction worksites.

Junk tumbling down. Supplies dropping from above. Falling objects can pose a hazard in any industry. Look at all the places where objects could fall at your facility and put precautions in place.

First, make a broad assessment of your operations. Chart every activity that could involve falling objects. Examples: unloading a shipment; working beneath shelves; or operating a forklift. These hazards might not be very apparent, so look critically at all work processes. Then consider your list—can any of these hazards be fixed quickly?

Second, take a closer look at specific departments and people. Are there ways to reduce falling hazards in these more specific areas? How about PPE? Maybe hardhats, even outside of the construction industry, would be a good idea in some circumstances. Take precautions around inventory. Secure loads with straps, and stacks should be shrink-wrapped. Team members should have clear communication amongst themselves. Sometimes, falling object hazards are the result of people being where others don’t expect them to be.

Third, get specific. Write up detailed plans for dealing with falling object hazards. Make step-by-step procedures for any task with falling object potentials. Create steps for reporting falling object hazards. Detail what employees should do if someone is hit with a falling object.

That is all for this episode. May all your falling objects be goose down. Come back for more tips and techniques on how to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, sponsored by Creative Safety Supply. See the website at creativesafetysupply.com


See the OSHA eTool to help eliminate falling objects at this link.

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