Dropped Object Prevention

Mitigating a fourfold threat to safe, cost-effective operation.

What is a Dropped Object?

Dropped Objects come in many shapes and sizes and may fall for a variety of different reasons.

Dropped Object incidents fall into one of two categories: static, or dynamic. Static Dropped Objects include fixed objects that fall from height. Dynamic Dropped Objects includes any object that falls from its previous position due to applied force.

A Dropped Object incident occurs where equipment damage, personnel injury or fatality is caused by an item falling from height.

These incidents threaten not only the safety of personnel but also critical equipment in the potential impact zone.


Why do Drops occur?

On site at on- and offshore facilities, factors such as poor maintenance, harsh weather conditions, moving equipment, and strong vibrations cause fixtures and structures to corrode and become loose, creating a significant threat.

These risks are compounded by simple human error. Personnel working at height are at risk of dropping objects such as hand-held tools. If these dropped objects collide with another worker below, can cause injury or possible fatality. Dropped handheld tools and equipment constitute a prominent threat in numerous industries worldwide.


Across numerous industries, the challenge of mitigating Dropped Object risks is being met admirably, often in the face of considerable financial pressure.

Dropsafe solutions have been adopted worldwide by more than 300 leading businesses across sectors including Oil & Gas, Mining, Marine, Power Generation, Industrial and Offshore Wind.


Lost Time Incidents

Dropped Objects present a fourfold threat to the safety of personnel, the integrity of equipment, financial performance, and the reputation of businesses and their stakeholders.

Dropped Objects risk damaging equipment which could lead not only to the cost of replacing the damaged assets, but also a need to temporarily suspend operations. This would in turn have a significant financial impact.

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Lost Time Injuries

Injuries to personnel also cost companies financially through working days lost. Furthermore, there are potential financial compensation implications, and the legal consequences that go hand-in-hand with injuries.

Mitigating Dropped Object Risk

Project managers and HSE teams that fail to invest in appropriate drops prevention technology risk not only the safety of their people, but also the financial and reputational stability of their business.

It is possible to avoid costly damage to corporate reputation and finances as well as prevent the potential loss of life or serious injury to technician or contractor. Companies can do this by implementing a comprehensive drops prevention programme and installing robust mitigation solutions. By proactively mitigating Dropped Object risk, companies can set themselves apart and gain a commercial advantage.

Dropsafe continues to work with developers and operators in the to develop the most advanced technology without sacrificing value and cost efficiency.



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Report: Slipping Through The Cracks

‘Slipping Through The Cracks’ recognises the budgetary limitations of HSE managers and the fact there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the problem of Dropped Objects, allowing organisations to make effective decisions when buying Drops prevention Barriers.