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Dropsafe boosts dropped object prevention protection with updated Net

Dropsafe has launched a new upgraded version of its steel wire mesh Net, adding an enhanced layer of security and traceability to this piece of safety equipment, it says.

The new range of Nets is a game changer for operators in industries such as oil and gas, power generation and mining, enabling them to further reduce the risk of human error, according to the company.

“Safety securing” is a vital aspect of dropped object prevention programs on industrial facilities globally, Dropsafe says.

“At these sites, fixtures such as lights and cameras may loosen due to corrosion or impacts, then fall and strike personnel or equipment,” the company said.

Drops prevention nets enclose and tether objects at height to a secure attachment point, mitigating these drops risks and the threats they pose to personnel, equipment, finances and reputation.

Dropsafe Nets have been supplied to over 300 leading energy businesses worldwide and, the company says, have now become the accepted best practice method for secondary securing in diverse industrial sectors. Feedback from these users directly informed the new Net design. This retains all the core features – including stainless-steel construction, a wide range of sizes and tool-free installation – while building in an extra level of security.

A particular focus of the R&D program was the carabiner, a standard component accepted as a matter of course in many industries. Dropsafe found room for improvement, however, particularly as standard carabiners may not be specifically designed for the unique technical and usability requirements of drops prevention or use in harsh operational environments.

This critical approach resulted in the design of the Trisafe™ Carabiner, a reimagined carabiner that, Dropsafe says, provides extra security with its “triple action” mechanism to prevent accidental opening.

Restricted dexterity is another key challenge Dropsafe confronted with the update. To support personnel in the installation of secondary securing solutions, the Trisafe Carabiner incorporates an auto-locking spring to enable easy one-handed use and significantly reduce human error, even in cold, wet and windy conditions.

Best practice drops prevention increasingly makes extensive use of data-based safety management systems to track and authenticate solutions. To future proof operators’ investments, the new Dropsafe Net includes an updated Choke Plate with an embedded RFID chip. This digital integration provides safety teams with increased visibility of their Nets, enabling installations and inspections to be logged and verified digitally.

Mike Rice, Dropsafe Commercial Director, said: “At Dropsafe, our culture is to look critically at accepted best practice, as this can lead to game-changing innovations with wide-ranging applications. At the same time, we recognised the need to retain the quality and long-term cost-effectiveness which made the Dropsafe Net an industry leading solution.

“By reimagining the carabiner for harsh industrial environments, we were able to build in extra safety and useability at no additional cost to the customer. With the RFID tag, we are giving users the means to make significant efficiency gains in the deployment and maintenance of their essential safety assets.”

Dropsafe expands Barrier dropped object prevention range

Dropsafe says it is expanding its Barrier modular system range to meet industry demand for robust dropped object incident prevention solutions across all environments.

As the company says, industries in all regions share similar dropped object risk factors, such as dynamic environments, moving equipment, vibration, corrosion and volatile materials and many personnel working across multiple levels. However, operating environments can vary considerably, placing differing demands on the safety and dropped object prevention systems deployed.

“Dropsafe has responded to industry needs by broadening its Barrier range to provide the most robust and cost-effective solutions for any operating environment,” it said.

The Dropsafe Barrier XE (Extreme Environment) is rated for harsh offshore conditions, very high levels of UV radiation exposure and extreme cold weather, according to the company. The Barrier XE is already used extensively on North Sea oil rigs and other facilities where temperatures reach far below freezing, and is ideally suited to mining and industrial sites in northern latitudes like Russia, Alaska or Canada, the company said.

The Dropsafe Barrier ME (Moderate Environment) can withstand the same impacts and wind loading as the XE, but is tailored for temperate offshore and onshore environments where high levels of UV and temperatures below -5°C are not a factor. This includes power stations, refineries, mines, and offshore rigs outside of extreme cold regions, the company said.

The two Barrier variants both provide superior standards of dropped object prevention, with extra flexibility to withstand Category 3 or Category 5 wind speeds depending on the option chosen during the installation process, Dropsafe said.

Dropsafe Barrier consists of impact and heat-resistant panels, with small a honeycomb aperture. The solution attaches along the inside of the guardrailing of elevated walkways, stairways and access ways of permanent or temporary structures, using a universal attaching system. In doing so, the Dropsafe Barrier is a safe barrier solution that prevents loose items slipping through cracks and falling from height, according to the company.

“The expertise which has led to Dropsafe becoming an established HSE partner across multiple industries has been applied to both Barrier models, with ease and cost-effectiveness of installation a decisive factor for many customers who have already adopted the system,” the company said.

Major energy players, both on and offshore, are already using the ME and XE variants of the Dropsafe Barrier, according to the company. With personnel operating at height, it is vital that stairs, walkways and raised working platforms are fitted with robust dropped object prevention solutions to stop tools and equipment from being dropped or knocked over the edge, it said. Companies operating in the Gulf have benefited from significant cost savings using the ME product because the solution required does not need extreme cold weather engineering – enabling high-quality dropped object prevention at a reduced cost, according to Dropsafe.

Mike Rice, Dropsafe Commercial Director, said: “After stringent rounds of internal and third-party testing, our Moderate Environment Barrier is already being used to support safe operations both on- and offshore. We knew from our conversations with customers that there was a gap in the market for a versatile drops (dropped object) prevention system optimised for temperate environments. Therefore, we have expanded our range to bring significant cost savings to markets with milder climates and temperature-controlled operations.”

He added: “Safety is a core concern for businesses operating across a whole range of high-risk sectors. The ease of installation and low maintenance costs of the Dropsafe Barrier help to ensure HSE budgets are used effectively – as does the five-year service life.”

Dropsafe expands dropped object prevention technology reach in Australia

Dropsafe, a global provider of dropped object prevention technology, has signed a partnership with Pacific Automation that will see bolster its Australia presence.

The exclusive pact will see Australia-based Pacific Automation distribute Dropsafe’s Net, Pouch and Barrier products as part of its equipment range.

“The partnership will bolster Dropsafe’s regional presence as the market seeks to tackle the prominent safety, reputational and financial risks posed by dropped object incidents at Australian mining sites,” Dropsafe said.

“Pacific Automation partners with premium manufacturers of industrial automation, electrical, lighting, hazardous area and mining products,” the company added. “The adoption of Dropsafe’s Net, Pouch and Barrier products into the Pacific Automation equipment range is indicative of the critical role that dropped object prevention technology has to play in the overall health and safety strategy of site owners and managers.”

According to Safe Work Australia, dropped and falling objects were the second largest causes of workplace fatalities in Australia between 2010-2014, resulting in 125 workplace fatalities and over 15,000 serious compensation claims. While the industry is increasingly adopting dropped object prevention solutions, the risk remains prominent, with 8% of work-related injuries in Australia, in 2017, caused by being hit by a falling object.

“The Australian mining sector now has an opportunity to set a benchmark dropped object prevention, tackling a four-fold threat that consists of the risk of injury or fatality to personnel, risk of equipment damage, and their financial and reputational consequences,” the company said. “By adopting solutions which are impact resistant, have high structural integrity and are manufactured to a high quality, mining companies can demonstrate a commitment to upholding the highest safety standards.”

Dropsafe said it had seen a significant spike in demand for its market-leading prevention systems, with its Net and Barrier products becoming “the preferred solutions for mining operators seeking to prevent fixtures falling from height, and equipment dropping from raised walkways”, it said.

Rob Schlipper, CEO of Dropsafe, said: “This increased demand clearly shows the emphasis that mining operators are putting on managing this prominent risk. Our new distribution partnership signifies that Dropsafe Nets, Pouches and Barriers have become an essential part of the tool kit for Australian mining operators.”

Darren Wright, Managing Director of Pacific Automation, said: “We are really excited to begin our partnership with Dropsafe, as we believe its premium quality products will greatly benefit our customers across a range of applications and work sites. We look forward to working with the team to supply the Dropsafe product range throughout Australia.”