Dangers of Small Falling Objects

Small falling objects pose serious hazards in the workplace. On most workplaces small objects vary from hand held tools and equipment to small debris.
Small objects are high in number and their size makes them hard to control. Even a 1kg spanner dropped from a height of 4 metres will hit the ground travelling over 30km/h.

Controlling the hazards small objects create pose a number of challenges. Without the correct controls, small falling objects can:

  • Damage property
  • Create tool damage
  • Damage equipment below
  • Lost time recovering fallen tools
  • Cause injury and death