Falling Objects

Whilst currently the regulations refer to the management of falling objects being solely a construction requirement; the new harmonisation laws require this risk to be covered under a general duty of care.

Any piece of tool, equipment or part of a building that has the potential to fall, collapse or be ejected causing injury or death to persons due to strike or crush requires risk management.

The Person Conducting Business or Undertaking (PICBU) is required to manage the risks associated with an object falling on a person if it is reasonably likely to injure the person.

  • This includes such measures as:
  • Fall prevention and securing of loads.
  • Isolation and no go zones.
  • Appropriate training and supervision.
  • Administrative controls (safe work method statements and procedures).
  • Regular inspections and good housekeeping techniques.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

NOTE: PPE should only be used as an interim measure as PPE is the last line of defence.

The best way to manage risk in any workplace is to consult all stakeholders in the risk management process. An example of involving these stakeholders is to include: workers, safety representatives and committee. By using the collective experiences of the stakeholders, you are more likely to identify risks and hazards and choose effective control measures.

Suggested Controls:

  • Stacking items at ground level.
  • Loading pallets correctly and ensuring they are in a safe condition prior to use.
  • Using netting, strapping or restraints to keep items in place if stored above ground level.
  • Following safe load limits when storing and transporting items.
  • Forklifts and moving equipment to be maintained, in good condition, suitable for terrain
  • and operated by trained and licensed persons.
  • Setting up no-go or isolation zones which can include set up of barriers etc.
  • When working at heights you should:
    o ensure your tools and equipment are away from edges and sills
    o tether and secure tools to ensure they do not fall
    o practice good housekeeping techniques and
    o when working on scaffold ensure toe boards, falling object protective structures (FOPS) and infill panels are in use.

Remember – it’s much better to prevent an object falling rather than to have to make changes after a fall or injury has taken place.

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