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.

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

Download Full Excel Calculator with metric option

Campaign Webinar Series

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

What’s the Risk?
Daniel Cushman, HSE Coordinator, Shell Exploration & Production Company

Dropped Tool Prevention: Essentials of Safe Lifting
Bryce Merrick, President, Tuff Bucket, Inc.

Tools at Height: Supporting a Zero Drop Philosophy
Daniel Lutat, Director, Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies, Iowa Lakes Community College

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 hard hat stickers and 5*7 decals.  The decals are available 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

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Questions? Contact us at

A special thank you to the members of the AWEA Safety Campaign Subcommittee for designing and contributing to this campaign.

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.