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

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The Unseen Menace

 

Vessels operating in the highly corrosive saltwater environment are exposed to high levels of vibration and extreme accelerations. Equipment installed at height above workers, such as floodlights or communications domes can all suffer corrosion to their fittings if not inspected and maintained. They can also be knocked off if struck by a crane, rope or other object.

Consequently, Dropped Objects pose a significant and potentially dangerous risk to vessel crews and technicians, alongside critical equipment and the reputation of Marine businesses.

 

Dropped Objects in Marine

 

Mitigating The Risk

 

Whether in routine shipboard operations, cargo handling in port or in the shipyard, Dropped Object risks need to be understood and taken into account.

The fitting of secondary retention devices like the Dropsafe Net on vulnerable equipment such as lights, speakers and cameras will not prevent an object from coming loose from its fixture, but it will prevent it becoming a Dropped Object by stopping it from falling and avoiding the damaging consequences of a Dropped Object.

In areas where it is common to have personnel working on a level higher than others, the statutory required toe boards and guardrails can be supplemented with barriers such as the Dropsafe Barrier which will reduce the risk of objects falling through gaps.

Working directly with Health and Safety decision makers across the Marine industry Dropsafe develops custom solutions for mitigating the risk of Dropped Objects, with high-quality prevention systems that can be created to meet application-specific requirements and improve on-board safety.

 

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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

Products

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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.

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

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.