Objects At Heights: State of the Risk

An Ergodyne White Paper

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With the ever present force of gravity, unsecured things like hand tools, nuts and bolts, and even personal protective items like hardhats will become missiles when dropped from 50 stories. Slippery fingers aren’t the only problem; any of these items can be accidently kicked, dropped, blown, or even fall out of a bucket from elevated work locations, such as ladders, lifts, scaffolding, or platforms.

Most employers understand fall protection for workers. These programs include: job safety or hazard analyses (JSA or JHA), training and awareness, restriction of elevated work to qualified workers, use of harnesses and lifelines or tethers, and more. Fewer employers understand that many of these same controls are needed for parts, tools, and equipment as well.

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