This chapter of the Power Generation Handbook looks at the importance of drops prevention barrier systems, and the role they play at a Power Gen worksite.
Drops prevention barrier systems attach along the inside of guardrailings on stairways, elevated walkways and raised working platforms, covering the gaps to prevent objects from falling through. These objects can include tools, handheld equipment, and loose fixtures or machinery components.
A robust barrier system will also prevent items that have dropped from potentially ricocheting further, by absorbing the force of a falling object. This is particularly important because items that drop can often ultimately strike a worker from unexpected directions.