This April 11th -15th marks the 3rd annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week. On April 14th, CPWR the Center for Construction Research and Training will be discussing how to prevent incidents from dropped tools and other objects. This safety information is important for all construction workers both on the ground and working with tools at elevated heights. These tools, equipment, materials, and debris can accidentally fall and injure or kill the workers below. When an object like this falls, the force of its impact is affected by both its weight and speed, so even a smaller object like a wrench can break bones, hard hats, and cause lethal injury.

To help prevent these injuries, CPWR has put together some key safety tips to prevent falling objects. When using equipment and tools on elevated surfaces, use rope pulley systems with brakes for hoisting and lowering tasks. Clearly communicate with voice and visual signals when hoisting and lower materials, and ensure all workers have the necessary training to recognize hazards. Properly tether all hand tools, barricade fall zones, and follow manufacturer specifications for all equipment used. 

To protect yourself from falling objects, wear protective equipment like gloves, hard hats, and safety glasses at all times. Additionally, only work from a stable platform and keep your worksite clean. 

To access these resources or go to CPWR’s webinar on preventing struck-by incidents from dropped tools and other objects on April 14th, Visit:

DII is your partner in workplace safety. Our team of safety experts can work with you to understand the steps you should take to improve your workplace safety and implement proper training to prevent struck-by incidents. Please contact your DII representative for more information. #NationalStand-Down #PreventStruck-byIncidents 

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