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Date PostedOctober 3, 2012

Dangers of Falling Objects on Building Sites

(Photo: Chris Sharp / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Among the wealth of other hazards construction workers are exposed to, falling objects are another danger that employers need to be aware of and guard against. The risk involved with falling objects is even more worrying because workers can be unexpectedly hit by a falling object and do not have control of over the hazard because most often other workers cause the injury. That is why hard hats and other PPE are so vital in protecting workers from serious injury.

Some sites require proof of training before undertaking work from heights. In order to minimise the risk of injury from falling objects, employers should use fences and barricades to separate the hazard from other workers. Earlier this year a tragic falling incident resulted in the fatal head injury of a worker who was hit by a full excavator bucket, this incident serves as a reminder of how dangerous work on site can be.  Another measure employers can implement is to use appropriate signage to warn workers of the potential danger of falling objects.

In instances where debris or building materials may become loose or fall, safety nets can be used to catch the debris. It is also important that workers employ good housekeeping methods and keep tools in their correct place to prevent them from plummeting down to lower levels and injuring co-workers.


Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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