Dropped Objects in Mining are Not Just Dropped Tools
During any Mining operation, either above or below ground, Dropped Objects are a potentially dangerous hazard to organisations worldwide. Dropped Objects are a major cause of fatalities, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) and damage to equipment or machinery in Mining.
Dropped Object risks come from many areas in Mining: it’s not just a matter of dropped tools. Mining sites are characterised by a lot of activity, wear and tear, corrosion and vibration, where a variety of items can come loose or fall, whether light fittings or rocks and objects falling off conveyer belts. The risks associated with Dropped Objects in Mining are largely personal injury to employees but there are also financial risks: if a Dropped Object causes a piece of equipment to be damaged it will need replacing.
Mitigating The Risk
By taking a proactive approach to mitigating the risk of Dropped Objects in Mining, companies can save significant time and costs as well as protecting their on-site employees.
During the installation or maintenance phases at Mining sites, companies can add Dropped Object prevention barriers to conveyer belts and add secondary securing nets to light fittings. Furthermore, if health and safety decision makers in Mining give workers safety pouches for securing and tethering personal equipment, many Dropped Object incidents in Mining can be avoided. These solutions will prevent items carried by personnel such as rock hammers, from falling and becoming Dropped Objects.