• Published: 12 May 2011
  • Incident ID: 3134

Work aloft tool slipped from safety clip and fell 19 metres

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Drilling unit

Incident Activity

Catering / hotel services

Incident Info Source

Specific Incident Equipment

Working aloft toolkit, safety snap, lanyard

Lessons Identified

Articles in use were from specialised working aloft kit specifically for the purpose of avoiding dropped objects. It was assumed that the tools were in safe condition when attached to the lanyard.

Incident Recommendations


1)Instead of spring loaded safety clips, karabiners with locking threaded sleeves will be purchased.

2)Work aloft tools should be placed in a bag or a belt when being taken to and from the work site in the riding belt.

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