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Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries


Falling objects are a common danger in the workplace. Every year, there are tens of thousands struck by falling recordable injuries in the United States of America. Unfortunately, falling objects can result in severe injuries and even death. The good news, however, is that most falling object injuries are preventable. It is crucial for employers and employees to understand the steps they can take to prevent falling object injuries. Employees and employers can prevent falling object injuries in the workplace by taking the steps discussed in this article and many others not discussed here.

  1. Securing Materials and Equipment Properly

One of the ways to prevent falling objects is to ensure materials and equipment are secured properly. For tools and materials at heights, tethers and tool lanyards should be used to secure them and prevent them from falling. Second, employers should invest in storage systems that are appropriate and strong for the size and weight of the materials or equipment being stored. Additionally, heavy materials or equipment should be secured using appropriate anchoring systems, such as chains, straps, or brackets designed for securing materials or equipment.

  1. Using Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Employers should provide and encourage employees to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as hard hats or helmets, safety goggles or glasses, full-body harnesses, and gloves. As an employee in an area at risk for falling objects, ensure you wear any PPE provided by your employer. PPE can protect you from suffering an injury in the event that an object falls on you. For example, hard hats and helmets are designed to protect the head and neck, whereas safety glasses or goggles can protect your eyes.

Note: Before an employee uses any PPE, inspecting it to confirm it meets manufacturers’ recommendations is vital.

  1. Using Proper Signage

Falling object injuries can be prevented if employees are warned about hazards. Employers should ensure there are clear warning signs in areas with a risk of objects falling. Using warning signs can ensure employees do not enter dangerous areas or are cautious when in these areas.

  1. Training

To prevent falling object injuries, employees should receive training on, among other things, the proper use of personal protective equipment, proper storage of equipment and materials, proper handling of equipment and materials, and proper lifting techniques. And it is not enough that an employer provides training once. Regular training ensures workers’ memories are refreshed and new workers receive the appropriate training.

  1. Regularly Inspecting Tools and Equipment

It is crucial to regularly inspect tools and equipment to ensure they are in good working condition. Regular inspection of tools and equipment ensures signs of wear, degradation, or damage are spotted on time. This allows for timely replacements, thus reducing the risk of failure that could lead to objects falling.

What To Do in Case of a Falling Object Injury at Work

In the event that you suffer a falling object injury at work, the following are some of the steps to take to protect your well-being and legal rights;

  • Seek prompt medical attention
  • Report the injury to your employer immediately
  • Document the incident
  • Gather and preserve evidence
  • Seek legal guidance

Legal Help Is Available

You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you’ve suffered a falling object injury while on the job. Our skilled Vermont workers’ compensation attorney at Sluka Law PLC can help you with your case.

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