Source : Samuel P
Earlier this year a construction worker was fatally wounded when an excavator bucket filled with debris fell from a level above him and hit him, causing him to sustain fatal injuries.
One of the responsibilities held by construction employers and contractors is to provide a safe system of work and work environment for their staff, part of which entails ensuring that workers do not sustain blows from being hit by falling objects on site. One of the major dangers of this type of hazard is that workers seldom have control of its occurrence. Workers are at the mercy of their co-workers to remain alert and safe on site. Contractors should attempt to eliminate the risk of this occurring as much as possible on a construction site. Employers and contractors must also ensure that people in adjoining areas are not inadvertently struck by a falling object from the building site.
Quite often workers are hit by objects that fall from higher levels and sometimes these injuries can be life threatening, especially blows to the head. Items such as equipment, building materials, tools, debris etc. can fall and hit workers down below.
Once the risk has been assessed employers/contractors can determine how to minimise the risk from occurring. If the hazard cannot be completely eliminated, it must be separated from other workers by using barricades or hoarding, vertical sheeting or perimeter screening can be erected to close off the area where the risk exists and other workers.