This toolbox talk is focused on falling objects on construction sites. Falling objects are a frequent cause of workplace incidents. Anything can fall, and almost anything can be dangerous due to the nature of this kind of incident. Falling objects are a common risk when working on construction sites and often the risk of falling objects is overlooked. The most common injuries workers suffer from falling objects are bruises, fractures, strains, and sprains. The objects that commonly fall range from large items such as roof trusses and steel beams to small items such as fasteners and small hand tools.

Falling objects from above and striking people below have caused serious workplace injuries and account for several fatalities every year. Adequate warning systems must be established on construction sites and materials must be secured at all times. Lanyards are required for tools being used in elevated positions and kick plates must be established when elevated platforms e.g. scaffolding structures are used.

Good housekeeping practices are essential on construction sites and must be enforced by supervisors at all times. “Drop Zones” must be established, controlled and managed during lifting/rigging activities and where the possibility exists that material could fall. Whenever there’s a risk of falling objects at a worksite, an employer is required to provide protection for workers and visitors to the site.  Hard hats and safety shoes are examples of personal protection against falling objects. To find out how to prevent falling objects on site, download the toolbox talk for all the necessary requirements.

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