According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 42,400 “struck by falling object” OSHA recordable incidents every year in the United States. To estimate, that’s nearly 116 injuries caused by a dropped object every day or one injury caused by a dropped object every 10 minutes. And this only accounts for OSHA recordable incidents; it does not take into account accidents from fallen objects that go unreported.
Many heavy manufacturing organizations have deployed fall protection programs for workers, but many of these same organizations have not yet deployed a thoughtful drop prevention program for tools and equipment. Expanding a fall protection program to include tools and equipment is a good starting point for companies and employees to implement an active fall protection for tools program and expand on the mission to encourage an inclusive culture of safety.
Read more about dropped objects and what you can do to protect your workers by clicking here to access these valuable resources provided by 3M.
- An interactive checklist for your work site to help make you aware of potential hazards resulting from falling tool situations
- A Dropped Object Prevention Sample Plan to help you protect your workers and be compliant
- A helpful infographic with statistics to remind workers how important dropped object prevention is
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