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Falling Objects Training & Certification Course

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Falling Objects Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Falling Objects certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Falling Objects Training Course?

Our Falling Object Hazards training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on safety principles, controls, hazards, and more.

During this training, we will be taking a look at how to operate safely on job sites that have falling object risks like sites with scaffolding, cranes, other heavy machinery, and ladders. You will learn about the gravity principles acting on falling objects and loads. We will discuss how to eliminate falling object hazards using the hierarchy of controls.You will learn how to employ tool tethering and worksite controls to prevent equipment from falling at heights. We will be going over the proper personal protective equipment to wear on worksites with falling object hazards. Real, investigated workplace accidents will allow us to recognize these hazards and plan for them.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA. Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses many standards.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Falling Objects Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.28 – Protection from falling and falling objects hazards
  • 29 CFR 1910.132 – Personal protective equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.50 – Medical services and first aid
  • 29 CFR 1926.759 – Steel erection falling object protection
  • 29 CFR 1926.451 – Scaffolding falling object protection
  • 29 CFR 1926.200 – Accident prevention signs
  • 29 CFR 1926.1425 – Keeping clear of the load
  • ANSI/ISEA 121-2018
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA Z462:Protective Clothing & Equipment
  • CAN/CSA-Z271-10: Safety Code for Suspended Platforms
  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations – 14.4
  • ANSI/ISEA 121-2018
  • ANSI A10.8: Construction, Demolition Operations

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Falling Objects Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training and other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific OSHA training requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher health and safety training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Falling Objects

    Did You Know?

    On average, 143 people are struck by falling objects each day. (Source: EHS Today).

    There are more than 42,400 “struck by falling object” recordable accidents each year in the United States. (Source: 3M).

    More than 200 employees die each year in the United States in falling object-related accidents. (Source: Never Let Go).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Why do objects fall?

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    Gravity is a force that pulls objects toward the center of the earth. So objects fall because they are being acted upon by gravity.

    Do heavy objects fall faster?

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    Objects that have more mass fall at a faster rate due to the air resistance involved. Air resistance is really just upward friction that acts against gravity. Heavier objects are able to cut through the air resistance to fall faster than light objects.

    How can you protect yourself from falling objects?

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    While the hierarchy of controls breaks down protection from falling objects into five categories, the most effective way to protect yourself is to utilize tool tethering systems. These are similar to personal fall arrest systems, but they are for tools rather than people. As much as you try to block off leading edges and use guardrails, you can’t account for clumsiness. Tool tethering systems stop tools from falling to the ground, even when you are clumsy with your tools.

    What is the difference between a falling and flying object?

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    Falling objects consist of tools, equipment, or loads that fall vertically through the air to a lower level. Flying objects are propelled horizontally through the air from tools like saws or from deflecting off of an object.

    How does falling object prevention relate to fall protection?

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    Falling object prevention is a provision in the OSHA’s fall protection standard. Fall protection refers to protecting people from falls, while falling object prevention refers to protecting people on the ground from struck-by accidents.

    What type of accident is caused by falling objects?

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    When something falls from heights and hits a person on the ground, that is considered a struck-by accident. From OSHA’s focus four hazards, stuck-by accidents are considered the third most common in the construction industry.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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