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Tackling the prominent issue of Dropped Objects in global Oil & Gas operations

An All Too Common Problem

 

Dropped Objects in Oil & Gas

Dropped Objects pose a significant and potentially dangerous hazard to the Oil & Gas market. According to DROPS, Dropped Objects are among the top 10 causes of fatality and serious injury in the Oil & Gas industry.

Dropped Object incidents can occur at Oil & Gas sites as a result of collision during lifting operations, vibration from drilling activities & operating equipment, inadequately installed fixtures or human error.

‘Dynamic’ Dropped Objects are common in Oil & Gas throughout construction, installation and unloading, for example, if a light installation is hit by a lifting crane during unloading. Additionally, ‘Static’ Dropped Objects can happen as a result of offshore corrosion or inadequate fittings, causing cameras, pipes and other fixtures to come loose and fall.

 

Mitigating The Risk

 

Dropsafe collaborates with developers and operators throughout the Oil & Gas industry to develop the most advanced Dropped Object prevention technology, without sacrificing value and cost efficiency in the process.

Solutions including the Dropsafe Barrier, the Dropsafe Net and the Dropsafe Pouch work to prevent objects installed at both onshore and offshore Oil & Gas facilities from falling and becoming a Dropped Object.

Working directly with Oil & Gas site managers and health and safety decision makers, Dropsafe also develops custom solutions for mitigating the risk of Dropped Objects. They create bespoke prevention systems to meet market and technology-specific requirements and improve on-site safety.

 

Dropped Objects in Oil & Gas

We are really excited to partner with Dropsafe, as we believe its premium quality products will greatly benefit our customers across a range of applications and work sites.

Darren Wright, Managing Director of Pacific Automation

Products

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Case Studies

Commercial Roll-Out: The Dropsafe Barrier

The Dropsafe Barrier system installed on a flagship drill ship, thus mitigating the threat of Dropped Objects to personnel safety and protecting the integrity of drillship structures and equipment.

The dynamic environment and wide variety of tools and items used in offshore drilling lends itself to a greater likelihood of dropped object incidents within the industry.

As a result of one major drilling contractor’s drive to create a “Zero Incident” environment and establish a world-class Drops programme, over 700m of the Dropsafe Barrier was installed on a flagship vessels.

The installation focused on red zones and areas with a greater risk of drops, such as above the drill floor, around the drill pipe deck, along the pipe skate and rise crane walkways, and on transfer decks.

The successful installation of the robust Dropsafe Barrier panels on this flagship drilling vessel was so effective that it has become an integral part of the company’s HSE strategy; the Barrier is now the recommended and preferred solution for dropped object risk mitigation across the entire fleet.

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Dropped Object Incident: Hammer Is Kicked from Work Basket On Drilling Rig

2.3 kg hammer falls 10 ft on drilling rig causing lacerations to employee

An employee’s face is lacerated just below their left eyebrow by an untethered 2.3 kg hammer that fell from a work basket on the Driller’s side of the substructure on an oil rig.

This accident could have been prevented if the manufacturer had carried out a sufficient risk assessment, putting in place a Dropped Object prevention programme to reduce the risk of injury from dropped objects, for example including a tethering or secondary securing device for the hammer.

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

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Commercial Roll-Out: The Dropsafe Barrier

The Dropsafe Barrier system installed on a flagship drill ship, thus mitigating the threat of Dropped Objects to personnel safety and protecting the integrity of drillship structures and equipment.

The dynamic environment and wide variety of tools and items used in offshore drilling lends itself to a greater likelihood of dropped object incidents within the industry.

As a result of one major drilling contractor’s drive to create a “Zero Incident” environment and establish a world-class Drops programme, over 700m of the Dropsafe Barrier was installed on a flagship vessels.

The installation focused on red zones and areas with a greater risk of drops, such as above the drill floor, around the drill pipe deck, along the pipe skate and rise crane walkways, and on transfer decks.

The successful installation of the robust Dropsafe Barrier panels on this flagship drilling vessel was so effective that it has become an integral part of the company’s HSE strategy; the Barrier is now the recommended and preferred solution for dropped object risk mitigation across the entire fleet.

Dropped Object Incident: Hammer Is Kicked from Work Basket On Drilling Rig

2.3 kg hammer falls 10 ft on drilling rig causing lacerations to employee

An employee’s face is lacerated just below their left eyebrow by an untethered 2.3 kg hammer that fell from a work basket on the Driller’s side of the substructure on an oil rig.

This accident could have been prevented if the manufacturer had carried out a sufficient risk assessment, putting in place a Dropped Object prevention programme to reduce the risk of injury from dropped objects, for example including a tethering or secondary securing device for the hammer.

Additional Resources

Drops Online

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

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