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Tackling the unseen menace of Dropped Objects in the Marine industry worldwide

Reducing the risks posed by dropped objects is an important step in the ambition to continually improve the safety performance of our industry.

Demetri Stroubakis, Director, American Bureau of Shipping

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Case Studies

Prevented Incident: Detached Lightshade

Dropsafe prevents potentially serious incident during crane operations

During lifting operations on a drill ship the load unexpectedly swung hitting a floodlight above the drill floor, breaking the light support. A previously installed Dropsafe Net securely retained the light preventing a potentially serious incident from occurring.

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Dropped Object Incident: Corroded floodlight causes near miss

Floodlight and fitting weighing 8kg fall 20m to the deck, narrowly missing crew member

The light was fitted to a post which had previously been identified as heavily corroded, but no corrective measures were taken. The floodlight was located in an area exposed to vibration and the marine environment. Whilst no crew members were hurt in this incident, they mark serious near-misses that may otherwise have resulted in a fatality.

Should an object such as a floodlight be located at a site exposed to the environment, retrofitting a security attachment such as steel netting will prevent a Dropped Object incident. It is also essential that objects and fittings previously identified as corroded and posing a risk of Dropped Objects are categorised as dangerous and be removed or rectified.

A Dropped Object prevention solution, such as a steel securing net, would have prevented this floodlight from falling to the deck by forming a secondary attachment to the post structure.

Read case studies for all Dropsafe products on our News page.

Case Study 1

Prevented Incident: Detached Lightshade

Dropsafe prevents potentially serious incident during crane operations

During lifting operations on a drill ship the load unexpectedly swung hitting a floodlight above the drill floor, breaking the light support. A previously installed Dropsafe Net securely retained the light preventing a potentially serious incident from occurring.

Dropped Object Incident: Corroded floodlight causes near miss

Floodlight and fitting weighing 8kg fall 20m to the deck, narrowly missing crew member

The light was fitted to a post which had previously been identified as heavily corroded, but no corrective measures were taken. The floodlight was located in an area exposed to vibration and the marine environment. Whilst no crew members were hurt in this incident, they mark serious near-misses that may otherwise have resulted in a fatality.

Should an object such as a floodlight be located at a site exposed to the environment, retrofitting a security attachment such as steel netting will prevent a Dropped Object incident. It is also essential that objects and fittings previously identified as corroded and posing a risk of Dropped Objects are categorised as dangerous and be removed or rectified.

A Dropped Object prevention solution, such as a steel securing net, would have prevented this floodlight from falling to the deck by forming a secondary attachment to the post structure.

Additional Resources

Dropped Objects: The Unseen Menace

Workers’ injuries because of dropped or falling objects occur all too often in British Columbia. According to Joseph Wong Worksafe BC Statistical Services, 2,012 workers were struck by falling objects in 2017 with over 10,600 injuries recorded since 2013. This resulted in claims of nearly $26 million in 2017 excluding costs for healthcare and rehabilitation […]

Drops Online

Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme Global Resource Centre Find out more about Dropped Object prevention online with DROPS: https://www.dropsonline.org/

Dropsafe Net and Barrier Achieve Approval to New ABS Standard

A safety device that securely encloses and tethers overhead fixtures to prevent objects dropping and falling from height has received type approval recognition from ABS in accordance with the new ‘ABS Guide for Dropped Object Prevention on Offshore Units and Installations’. The stainless-steel mesh Dropsafe Net is a pioneering solution to dropped objects in the […]

Dropped Objects Remain A Neglected Hazard In Offshore Wind

Collating the latest data on Dropped Object incidents, Dropsafe’s white paper, The Neglected Hazard: A guide to Dropped Object risks in offshore wind shows that Dropped Objects are an ever-present, increasing threat to safe and cost-effective project development and operations in offshore wind.