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DROPS Forum - Aberdeen, 27th November 2014

DROPS UK Forum Minutes 
Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen

The meeting was opened by Greg and a safety brief was delivered. Round the room introductions’ followed.


In recent months, we have welcomed the following new DROPS members:

There are still a significant number of member companies that have not paid their annual fees and failed to respond to numerous reminder notices. Failing immediate payment or communication, membership will terminate for these companies on December 31st.

DROPS International:

A DROPS Asia Forum was held in Beijing, China on 18th September. Kindly sponsored by Baker Hughes, Shell and Dropsafe, the event was a first for China and very well received.

A further DROPS Asia Forum was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 5th November and was kindly sponsored by Chevron Indonesia and again a great success.

For details of upcoming DROPS Asia events and registration visit

At the invitation of the Government of Tunisia Allen Smith delivered a general DROPS awareness presentation at their annual oil and gas summit in Tunis in September. This event has generated significant interest in DROPS from the region.

SfS (Norway) have invited DROPS to deliver a presentation at their workshop next year.

Keep an eye on the Events section for latest details of all upcoming events.

DROPS Training:

Since last forum, several UK DROPS Train-the-Trainer sessions have been held at Silverdot’s offices. See the DROPS Training section for details of all upcoming training.

International training has also been held in in Sakhalin (Russia), South Korea (Busan yards), Beijing, Holland, Indonesia and The Congo.

Further training is being held shortly in Holland and Canada.

For further details and registration for any DROPS training contact

European DROPS Forums:

Today is the last UK DROPS Forum to be held at the Marcliffe hotel.  All future Aberdeen Forums will be held at the new De Vere Urban Village Hotel in Kingswells (Prime 4 Estate). Forum timing will differ slightly, with regular forums starting at 0930 and finishing at noon.

Dates for the 2015 Aberdeen Forums will be: 26th February, 30th April, 3rd September and 1st December.

Today’s Presenters:

Greg thanked today’s presenters and encouraged all present to engage with the presenters at breaks / intervals. Greg noted that proceedings would conclude with a 45-minute period for networking and 2015 Focus Group introductions.

Safety Alerts and Lessons Learned:

Greg reminded all that earlier this month we issued an alert to all members regarding a Crane rest chock weighing 80kg that fell 8m. Greg briefly recapped on the lessons learned from this incident. Full details are available here.

Members were requested to continue to share alerts and lessons learned. Similarly, members were invited to discuss or recommend future presentations / speakers by contacting

DOPP – Adam Gibson, OES

Adam introduced the OES Dropped Object Prevention Program (DOPP) that was developed with significant customer input, particularly in regard to certain key elements such as Crew knowledge; overhead equipment inventory; overhead equipment inspection program; primary and secondary fastening requirements; preventative maintenance and overhead tool securement programme.  These were discussed in detail.

Stage 1 Health Check is a gap analysis whereby a vessel/rig specific dropped object evaluation is done. The outcome of this is to enable the client to know and understand their own site specific hazards and ways to mitigate them. Examples of a Health check were shown and described.

Stage 2 is their dropped object awareness training that delivers site specific training to personnel, covering prevention, securing, hazards, tools aloft and JSAs.

Stage 3 is the corrective action survey. The initial inspection is carried out using a tablet and allows the inspectors to identify, tag, categorise and upload the overhead items and equipment to a reporting system. Corrective actions will be closed out during inspection in coordination with rig crews and the system. A few snapshots of the device screen were presented and explained. The system allows for any inspector to follow the same standard and it also includes a height and weight option. This allows for potential risk to be calculated.  

Stage 4 is the handover of the site specific follow-up pack that has the initial survey information and any remaining corrective actions have been identified.  This allows the site personnel to have a better understanding and awareness of the items on their site and they can then work to follow up and enhance their own routine surveys and inspections. Third party eLearning is also available. For any more information on the DOPP system, please email/contact Adam via

BLH Stop Drop Barricading – Klaus Myklebust, BLH-DOM

Klaus presented a safety guard / DROPS barrier concept that BLH-DOM has developed. The guards are made from a plastic polymer formula and multi-fit to a wide variety of structures, such as handrails, scaffolding etc. in order to prevent objects falling or passing and also to prevent access to moving or hazardous equipment. The barriers have a unique snap-lock system which means no bolts, screws or additional fasteners. The barriers also are anti-corrosive and cost effective as they need no on-going maintenance (eg checking for rust). The system installation was shown and described in more detail and various pictures of it in use were displayed. The product has been independently tested and certified to a variety of standards including NORSOK and BS. The product testing includes wind, chemical, fire testing, UV light, and impact resistance. They are recyclable and environmentally friendly. The full presentation is available to download here. For further information, please visit or email

Unusual Dropped Objects – Greg Reid, DROPS

Greg presented a selection of incidents that have occurred in a variety of locations that demonstrate dropped objects can occur anytime and anywhere. These can be accessed as follows:

Bolts fall from Cheesegrater Skyscraper - details here.
Falling Tape Measure results in fatality – details here.
Unexpected Freefall Lifeboat – details here.
Misunderstanding Lorry Load – details here.
Poor Practice atop Christ the Redeemer in Rio – details here.

Cyberhawk – Patrick Saracco, Cyberhawk

Patrick presented the close visual inspection system that carries out remote area inspections. The system employs an ROAV - Remote Operated Aerial Vehicle.  This system is operated by qualified pilots in tandem with inspection professionals. This innovative system reduces human exposure to hazardous environments, reduces costs and increases efficiency and effectiveness by allowing better planning of maintenance and turnarounds. A short video clip of an aerial inspection was shown.  Some images were described as the ROAV pictures are available in great detail. Thermal images are also available. A couple of case studies were discussed and benefits of the ROAV system were exemplified: no abseiling required; no scaffolding requirement; hard to reach assets inspected etc. For more information, please visit or contact via email

Focus Groups

2013-14 Focus Group Updates – Focus Group leaders

DROPS Competency – Greg provided an update to the attendees.  The group have concluded their review and analysis and have developed a high level guidance document reflecting the skills, training and requirements essential for individuals to inspect, maintain and manage their workspace with full regard to dropped object prevention. The group will formally present their findings at February’s forum.

Backloading – The focus group have developed a new DROPS Backloading Guide that will be issued to members with their Campaign Pack updates. Derek Birse discussed the new product and highlighted the Backload Tag. Final Draft of the booklet is available here to preview. A hard copy of the book and tag will be issued to all members and additional booklets and tags will be available to purchase from DROPS here. The screen version of the booklet (pdf) will be available for free download and print artwork will be available to members for the tags only. 
We still seek endorsement of the content with inclusion of your company logos.  If we can use your logo, please notify Debbie ( by COB Friday 12 December 2014.



In an open floor session, attendees discussed and suggested potential deliverables that the 2015 Focus Groups may wish to consider:

Human Factors – Base best practice/learning on dropped object – video, workshop. The topic is very extensive so the group need to make a decision about the specific topic and way forward; ensure that it is not just a tickbox exercise to safety.

Maintenance and Inspection standards for periodic secondary retention and securing – Simple understanding of primary and secondary retention by crew;

Supply Chain and Manufacturers - providing DROPS Guidance/Best Practice – Ensure new product has integrated secondary securing points; standard communication from DROPS to a supplier; major showcasing of tools manufacturers so that DROPS can be at the event to voice concerns; vendor questionnaires

Members had the opportunity to get together after the meeting, in their Focus Group teams, to elect an interim Focus Group Leader and start discussing potential objective(s). Further volunteers are required for each group. Please can you email Debbie at with your Focus Group of choice?

Way ahead guidelines for the Focus Groups are available to download here (link to 3 Focus Groups Way Ahead…).

Open Floor and Any Other Business

Greg thanked everyone for their participation and invited the attendees to offer any issues for further discussion in the open floor session before lunch.

Next meetings:

Date:      Thursday 26 February 2015
Time:      0930 -1200
Venue:   De Vere Hotel, Aberdeen
Host:      DROPS Global Steering Committee Members

Date:     Thursday 20 May 2015
Time:     0930 -1200
Venue:  De Vere Hotel, Aberdeen
Host:     DROPS Global Steering Committee Members

We wish all our DROPS members a Merry Xmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2015