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A dropped object is defined as any object that fall from its previous static position under its own weight or with a force with that have potential to cause serious consequences such as injury or fatalities and damages towards the equipment’s and environment.

This study is conducted to assess the risk posed by falling objects or swinging loads during lifting operations.

The objectives of the study are to:

  • Identify the type of objects which may be lifted during normal production operations and during maintenance.
  • Evaluate the types of dropped objects for each phase
  • Assess the existing dropped object protection on handling areas on each platform, including critical equipment and pipework.
  • Calculate the drop frequency of the objects
  • Estimate the impact energy of the object
  • Calculate the probability for impact at various energy levels

The hazards from normal lifting operations are assessed in terms of hazards to structures and process systems. These are the hazards that will have greatest potential effects on personnel via direct impact, structural collapse or escalation to process fire or blast events.

The study involves the following steps:

  • Description of lifting operations
  • Hazard Identification
  • Likelihood Estimation of Hitting Target Area
  • Impact Assessment
  • Risk Analysis
  • Dropped Object Protection available
  • Propose Recommendations if required