Steps to Prevent Hazards Associated with Falling Object and Protection during Overhead Work – Review
Sreenivasa Hassan Jayaram
Manager-Projects, Jones Lang LaSalle India, Bangalore, Karnataka
Anytime work is being performed overhead where others may be working or walking below, regardless if work is being performed from a scaffold, platform or ladder. Steps shall be taken to prevent hazards associated with falling objects.
- Toe boards shall be used on working platforms and scaffolds over 6 feet (1.8m) in height.
- Materials shall not be allowed to accumulate next to the edge of the work platform without a means to prevent objects from falling into the area below.
- Access to the lower area shall be restricted to protect workers or pedestrians in the area.
- Tools and materials shall be secured either through tethering or other means if they may be dropped to the lower level.