According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year there are more than 50,000 "struck by falling object" OSHA recordables in the U.S. These are injuries that are largely preventable through the use of proper safety safety equipment and taking the necessary precautions to prevent fall-related injuries by giving workers personal fall protection systems.
EHS assembled the 15 best practices and solutions for organizations to follow when it comes to dropped object prevention. Here is the number nine practice:
"If a worker has a tool attached to him and needs to pass it off to a colleague, that colleague can connect to the tool before the passing worker disconnects from it, ensuring that the tool is 100% tied off and never has the opportunity to become a drop hazard."