• Published: 26 May 2011
  • Incident ID: 3173

Dropped Object 2

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Fixed Installation

Incident Activity

Catering / hotel services

Incident Info Source

Specific Incident Equipment


Lessons Identified

• The spacers were not identified as potential dropped objects during the initial installation of the fingerboard

• Alternative rigging methods were available that would have prevented personnel occupying the drop zone as the fingerboard was released from it’s fixing

• The control measure agreed to retain the spacers did not work (length and grade of rope used were insufficient)

• Person allowed to work in the drop zone without any overhead drops protection

Incident Recommendations

• Ensure that an appropriate team is assembled, containing a range of disciplines and experience, to provide input into safe systems of work

• Drop zones must be kept clear of all personnel unless the hazards can be reduced to ALARP

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