Falling Materials and Dropped Objects

Falling materials or dropped objects

Tools, equipment, materials or parts of the structure that may have deteriorated all pose a huge risk to anyone or anything below if they are falling from height. In 2016/17 falling objects accounted for over 7,000 reported non-fatal injuries in the United Kingdom, 75% of them resulting in over 7 days of lost work time each (2016/17).

Falling objects may be caused by:

  • Unprotected edges
  • Absence of toeboards on protected edges
  • Poor house keeping
  • Materials incorrectly stacked or stored
  • Deterioration of structure
  • Absence of tool tethers

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