Dropped objects are a leading cause of injuries to construction workers. Fortunately, there’s a powerful memory device that can help safety professionals respond. Just as personal fall prevention provides the ABCs (anchor, body support, connectors), dropped object prevention involves the three Ts.
- Trapping describes the installation of retrofit attachment points on tools and primary anchoring locations.
- Install anchor attachments on secure locations and remember they are never intended for heavier tools if applied to a person.
- Tethering means attaching tools and equipment to the anchor points that hold them, and it often involves use of lanyards.
- You can even adapt tools that seem untetherable, because they lack attachment points, for safety.
- Topping refers to the containers that workers use to bring tools and equipment to and from heights.
- Make sure these containers have secure closures or tops that can cover the contents and prevent them from spilling if tipped.
Gravity doesn’t discriminate. For more tips on how to start or strengthen your dropped object safety program, read Joseph Solheid’s article, "Prevent Dropped Objects With 3 Ts," in the March 2020 issue of Professional Safety.
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