Skip to content

Near-miss: Dropped object – falling camera

A member has reported an incident in which the mounting for a fixed camera gave way allowing the camera, weighing 25kg, to fall 4 metres. Electrical cable and a gland held it in place, preventing the camera from landing on the deck. This happened in an area where personnel could have been working. There were no injuries.

Camera of the sort that fell
Camera of the sort that fell

Our member’s investigation revealed the following:

  • The equipment was so reliable that it had become part of the fixtures and therefore ‘invisible’;
  • Weak fastening/mounting;
  • Securing wire not fit for purpose;
  • Possibility of excessive vibration from nearby machinery;
  • The camera had not been identified as a potential dropped object

The following lessons were learnt and corrective actions taken:

  • Similar cameras are now secured with wire (safety sling);
  • Recommended inspection ‘routine’ advised based on physical and environmental circumstances.

IMCA Safety Flashes summarise key safety matters and incidents, allowing lessons to be more easily learnt for the benefit of all. The effectiveness of the IMCA Safety Flash system depends on Members sharing information and so avoiding repeat incidents. Please consider adding [email protected] to your internal distribution list for safety alerts or manually submitting information on incidents you consider may be relevant. All information is anonymised or sanitised, as appropriate.

IMCA’s store terms and conditions ( apply to all downloads from IMCA’s website, including this document.

IMCA makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in the documents it publishes, but IMCA shall not be liable for any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained. The information contained in this document does not fulfil or replace any individual’s or Member's legal, regulatory or other duties or obligations in respect of their operations. Individuals and Members remain solely responsible for the safe, lawful and proper conduct of their operations.