There is a significant risk of dropped objects when using tools and portable equipment at height and a large number of such incidents are regularly reported.
To combat this problem, it is recommended that all tools and equipment used at height are secured against falling.
The following general recommendations should be observed when using tools / equipment at height:
- Tools and portable equipment used at height shall be adequately secured to either the user or the workplace.
- Tools used at height shall have a lanyard attachment point that does not compromise the tool’s effectiveness.
- All tools, lanyards and attachment points shall be inspected prior to use and prior to their return to the Tools at Height Toolkit, to ensure they are fit for purpose.
- Do not modifiy any tools or securing equipment.
- “At height” tools shall be used for all tasks undertaken at 2 metres or above, or where there is the potential for tools to drop more than 2 metres, eg when working at or near a handrail.
- Any deviation from recommended best practice shall be undertaken through a documented MOC (management of change) procedure.
- All personnel working at height and / or using ”at height” compliant tools shall be adequately trained.
- If any tool or equipment is dropped, or if the retention system failed such that there was potential for the tool or equipment to drop, it must be reported immediately.
- While work at height is ongoing, the ”Drop Zone” below the worksite shall be barriered off.
Best practice recommendations for the securing of equipment and tools at the worksite can be found here: