AWEA Safety Campaign - Stop the Drop


AWEA Prevention of Dropped Objects Safety Campaign

October 2015

The AWEA Environmental, Health & Safety Committee announces its first ever wind industry safety campaign: the Prevention of Dropped Objects Safety Awareness Month.  We encourage you to take part in this important safety awareness campaign during the month of October! Participation is free to all AWEA members.

According to data obtained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from all industries in the United States in 2013, over 10,000 injuries were recorded due to fallen objects that resulted in days away from work.The goal of this campaign is to share ideas and lessons learned about this topic, and raise awareness in order to prevent such incidents. This campaign is open to all AWEA member companies who wish to participate.  

* Data obtained from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and accounts for all injuries across all industries in the U.S.  Data is not specific to the wind industry.

Safety Lessons

Companies are encouraged to conduct safety lessons every Monday during the month of October to discuss this topic with staff members. Use your staff meetings or toolbox talks to go over the lessons provided. There are 4 lessons to download and distribute to your staff. Take some time out of your schedule to bring awareness to prevention of dropped objects. You can schedule these lessons at times that fit best into your schedule.

Safety lesson for October 5: Dropped Objects Impact Calculator.  Click here to download this lesson

Safety lesson for October 12: Preventing Dropped Objects.  Click here to download this lesson

Safety lesson for October 19: Safe practices while working up tower: Click here to download this lesson

Safety lesson for October 26: Quick Reference to drop prevention: Click here to download this lesson

Download Campaign Material

We have made the following 3 posters available for you to download and display at your work sites. All files are PDFs and have been formatted to print at 11"x17". Use them to spread awareness about this topic.
Poster 1 | Poster 2 | Poster 3 |

We have also made available a one-hour-long training module available in PowerPoint format. Download this presentation and review it with your employees at your next staff meeting in the month of October.

Click here to download the training Presentation

Dropped Object Calculator

*Double-click within the green box to begin your calculations: 

Download Full Excel Calculator with metric option.

* Calculator is built within Microsoft Excel environment; download full version and open in Excel or Excel online to edit workbook. The above calculator will allow you limited use without opening Microsoft Excel.

Campaign webinar series


September 25 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET


An introduction to the Prevention of Dropped Objects Campaign:

  • Al Zeitz, Manager of Renewable Energy Services, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
  • Dr. David Michaels, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
  • Grayling Vander Velde, Principal Safety Specialist, NextEra Energy

>Click here to view a recording of this webinar.  


October 6 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Mark Caldwell

Director, Fall Protection for Tools, Capital Safety

Fall Protection for Tools:  Dropped Object Awareness and Solutions

>Click here to view a recording of this webinar.


October 13 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Daniel Cushman

HSE Coordinator, Shell Exploration & Production Company

What’s the Risk?

>Click here for a recording of this webinar. 


October 20 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Bryce Merrick

President, Tuff Bucket, Inc

Dropped Tool Prevention: Essentials of Safe Lifting

>Click here for a recording of this webinar.


October 27 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Daniel Lutat

Director, Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies, Iowa Lakes Community College

Tools at Height: Supporting a Zero Drop Philosophy

>Click here for a recording of this webinar.


Additional Resources

In addition to the Monday safety lessons, we are providing you with the following additional resources. Please feel free to download the following documents and share and discuss them with your team.  

Download Framework | Download Sample Program |

You can also obtain hardhat stickers and 5*7 decals.  The decals are avilable free of charge to member companies.  To place an order, please send an email to and indicate the number of decals you need and your shipping address.  

The Stickers:

photo      photo

Disclaimer: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) assumes no liability for reliance on the accuracy or completeness of any information contained, distributed or referenced in this campaign.  AWEA is providing this information as a benefit and service in furtherance of AWEA’s nonprofit and tax-exempt status. AWEA makes no representations about the suitability of the information offered for any purpose.   It is offered only as general guidance and does not constitute legal or professional advice. In formulating an accident prevention program, each member and/or contractor must ensure that their particular program is in compliance with applicable OSHA and other regulatory requirements. Members and their contractors should determine whether to seek legal or professional advice on all matters concerning OSHA compliance where appropriate. To the extent this information offers first aid and other care of injured persons, they are not intended, nor should they be construed, as medical advice.  Health care professionals should be consulted where appropriate.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who Can Participate?  Anyone who works in the wind industry: installers, technicians, maintenance contractors, construction contractors, subcontractors, and utility workers.

Who designed this campaign?  AWEA’s EHS Committee, through the Safety Campaign Subcommittee, developed this campaign in support of AWEA’s mission to continuously improve workplace safety.   

How can I participate?  AWEA members have free access to all materials. This event is voluntary! We encourage discussing fallen objects with your employees during a break or during staff meetings at the beginning of the week.  This will provide an opportunity for you to discuss this topic, your current procedures, and opportunities to improve.

When is the Dropped Objects Prevention Campaign?  AWEA has designated October as Prevention of Dropped Objects Awareness Month.  We encourage you to have a safety refresher every Monday during the month of October.  We have provided materials for you to use during each refresher.

Questions? Contact us at



Special Thanks  – To the members of the AWEA Safety Campaign Subcommittee for designing and contributing to this campaign.