How can injuries occurring from falling objects on a construction site be prevented?
Here are a few tips prevent injuries from a falling object:
- Always follow OSHA recommended guidelines and be sure to communicate often. Everyone on a construction site should be working as a team in an effort to avoid complacency and remain vigilant at all times. Speak up and take action if you see a potential danger.
- Always wear, and ensure others in the area are wearing, the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) like hard hats, eye protection, proper footwear and other required equipment when in locations at risk for falling objects—no exceptions. Be sure to inspect all PPE prior to use to confirm it still meets manufacturers’ recommendations.
- When handling materials, be sure to stack everything neatly in a way that prevents sliding or falling. All materials should be properly secured prior to moving or lifting.
- Never position yourself between moving and fixed objects and stay clear of lifted or suspended loads.
- If you are working on an elevated surface, such as scaffolding or a roof, be sure to secure all objects and materials. When possible, use tool lanyards to prevent tools from falling.
- Remove items from all loose or unsealed pockets, especially top shirt pockets, such as phones, pens, and tools.
- Do not hang or lean objects over guardrails.
- Erect barricades and post warning signs at hazardous work zones.
- Never exceed the lifting, rigging or weight capacity of any piece of equipment, or platform.
- Inspect tools prior to use, and be sure all guards are in place and in good working condition. Only properly trained workers should be using power tools.