Dropsafe Barrier Offshore Rigs

Dropsafe expands Barrier range to tackle drops

Dropsafe aids expansion into a wider variety of operating environments in multiple industries with XE & ME models


Hong Kong, 20th April

Global leader in Drops prevention, Dropsafe, has announced today that it is expanding its Barrier range to meet industry demand for robust Drops prevention solutions across all environments.

Industries such as power generation and mining have been global for centuries, operating in diverse environments. As new facilities come into operation in different regions, there has been growing recognition that Drops risks must be tackled – but also that Drops prevention solutions which suit an operation in one region may not be suitable in another.

Industries in all regions share similar Drops risk factors, such as dynamic environments, moving equipment, vibration, corrosion and volatile materials and many personnel working across multiple levels. Operating environments can vary considerably however, placing differing demands on the safety and Drops prevention systems deployed. Dropsafe has responded to industry needs by broadening its Barrier range to provide the most robust and cost-effective solutions for any operating environment.

The Dropsafe Barrier XE (Extreme Environment) is rated for harsh offshore conditions, very high levels of UV radiation exposure and extremely cold weather. The barrier is already used extensively on North Sea oil rigs and other facilities where temperatures reach far below freezing. The Barrier XE is also ideally suited to mining and industrial sites in northern latitudes like Russia, Alaska or Canada.

The Dropsafe Barrier ME (Moderate Environment) is able to withstand the same impacts and wind loading as the XE. It is tailored for temperate offshore and onshore environments where high levels of UV and temperatures below -5ºC are not a factor. This includes power stations, refineries, mines, and offshore rigs outside of extreme cold regions.

The two Barrier variants both provide superior standards of Drops prevention, with extra flexibility to withstand Cat 3 or Cat 5 wind speeds depending on the option chosen during the installation process.

The expertise which has led to Dropsafe becoming an established HSE partner across multiple industries has been applied to both Barrier models, with ease and cost-effectiveness of installation a decisive factor for many customers who have already adopted the system.

Major energy players, both on and offshore, are already using the ME and XE variants of the Dropsafe Barrier. With personnel operating at height, it is vital that stairs, walkways and raised working platforms are fitted with robust Drops prevention solutions to stop tools and equipment from being dropped or knocked over the edge. In particular, companies operating in the Gulf have benefited from significant cost savings using the ME product because the solution required does not need extreme cold weather engineering – enabling high-quality Drops prevention at a reduced cost.

Mike Rice, Dropsafe Commercial Director, said: “After stringent rounds of internal and 3rd party testing, our Moderate Environment Barrier is already being used to support safe operations both on- and offshore. We knew from our conversations with customers that there was a gap in the market for a versatile Drops prevention system optimised for temperate environments. Therefore we have expanded our range to bring significant cost savings to markets with milder climates and temperature-controlled operations.”

“Safety is a core concern for businesses operating across a whole range of high-risk sectors. The ease of installation and low maintenance costs of the Dropsafe Barrier help to ensure HSE budgets are used effectively – as does the five-year service life. With increasing scrutiny on operations in Oil & Gas and other critical industries in recent years, no company seeking to gain a competitive edge can afford to neglect Drops prevention.”