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Items falling from buildings and structures

Report ID: 8 Published: 1 November 2005 Region: CROSS-UK

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A reporter raises concerns about incidents on structures where items have fallen off.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professionals and design engineers:

  • Be aware of the risk of loose items falling from structures

  • A ‘loose item’ check should be carried out on the structure upon completion of construction as part of the quality assurance

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Examples were given in reports of incidents on structures where items had fallen off, sometimes causing injuries. The recommendation from the reporter is that designers should be aware of the hazard of loose items falling on workers and the public, coupled with a warning that the risk is especially high where there is any vibration. All appendages need robust attachment and security and there must be a thorough ‘loose item’ check before any such facility is opened.

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