Objects dropped from a height have the potential to cause harm to both people and equipment, and such incidents are a significant cause of personal injuries on Norway’s offshore installations.
Regrettably, developments in this area are unsatisfactory and further attention needs to be devoted to it.
The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association’s statement of goals sets a target of reducing the number of dropped objects by 50 per cent between 2008 and 2011. A dedicated project to boost the attention paid to this challenge was launched in 2009.
An important project objective has been to obtain suggestions for measures from those working on the installations. The response and commitment have been great, and provide a positive basis for future work.