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Unsecured items falling from height

Hazard Knowledge

Equipment used when working at height may fall a substantial distance if not properly handled and secured.

Any item of equipment that is allowed to fall could strike someone or something on its way to the ground or at ground level. This could lead to serious injury or death to personnel, other responders or the public, and has the potential to cause expensive damage to property and equipment.

Depending on the height and location of operations, additional factors must be considered - for example, the swirling wind dynamics found around high-rise buildings.