Dropped Objects What Can Be Done

What can be done?

Preventative controls

To prevent an incident by reducing the likelihood an incident will occur. Preventative controls are the result of carrying out a thorough risk assessment into all tasks performed whether working individually or in teams and identifying the methods to be used to either eliminate or control those risks.

Dynamic and Static dropped tools and objects

STATIC DROPPED OBJECT: has fallen from a stationary position.

DYNAMIC DROPPED OBJECT: has fallen due to being struck by another object or involved in a collision.


Some causes of static dropped tools or objects:


Some causes of static dropped tools or objects:

Preventive controls for Static dropped tools and objects include:

Tools and Equipment maintenance and periodic inspections
Check tools are in good condition, not loose, corroded, or damaged e.g. check hammer heads are secure, tool lanyards, tethers, connectors and anchorage points meet manufacture’s inspection instructions and or training. This inspection regime should include keeping an equipment inspection book.

This is one of the tools that will be used as a preventive control for periodic inspections

It should provide:

If the equipment inspected does not meet the inspection procedure then it will be marked as a “Fail” and the failure detail noted in the comments section.

Create a tool / equipment storage log book to be used to issue tools and equipment. Tools must be logged back in at the end of work to ensure none are left behind to become a hazard.

Preventive controls for dynamic dropped tools and objects include:

The THINK Planning process is used in task planning to:

The THINK Plan is risk management plus task planning! Always use the THINK Planning Process

The START process is used to observe and monitor work practices, plans and workplace conditions

Operatives should be encouraged to:

START (See, Think, Act, Reinforce, Track)

START is a process used by "Transocean" to observe and monitor work practices, plans and workplace conditions. It is the responsibility of all personnel to participate by personally performing START observations daily. We use the START process to demonstrate personal commitment to achieving, and in many cases maintaining,
an incident-free workplace.

The intent of the START policy is to prevent people from being injured, through observing and monitoring tasks and work practices to identify hazards, reinforce safe behaviour and correct at risk behaviour to achieve desired results. START promotes effective conversations about safety. Having effective conversations requires you to speak, listen and understand.

Author: Drew Beardmore October 2011

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