DROPS! Meet Forrest Hester – The Man That Controls Gravity

Forrest Hester, Electrician, Inventor, Husband, and Gravity Controller – you wait and see. Forrest is the force behind Tutus Dropped Object Prevention Solutions (DOPS). 

Todd Conklin met Forrest at a meeting and just got excited by his excitement and zeal for helping to find a solution to a really big problem in many industries. Forrest comes at this from the sharp end of the stick – a worker with a solution is a powerful force – and Forrest is a great example of how one man with passion just may change the world. I challenge you to click the link after reading this article. Enjoy the podcast by clicking the link. The man that controls gravity. It is really motivating.

Below is a short video showing the install and removal of Forrest safety enclosure for aerial lifts. TURN ON SOUND. Share with your team. STOP THE DROP

DOPS (Dropped Object Prevention Solution) is a tool and debris containment wrap used on aerial lift vehicles. It is a one-piece safety product made from small mesh netting and designed for field assembly using sewn in fasteners and one zipper. The assembled DOPS creates a re-usable five-sided enclosure that wraps around a work platform’s existing steel framework. As expected, the netting is prone to some degree of wind loading The University of Hartford (UH) case study determine what use to be an unknown.


As a trade worker in the gas and oil business of Texas and familiar with mobile elevated work platforms, Forrest Hester, founder and president of TUTUS, was aware that no product was specifically designed to keep tools and material contained in a small and frequently congested work area. The DOPS safety system began as an invention of necessity, with a fast-paced two-year time line of ideas, development, testing, and prototype deployment.

Sketching and designing from home, and with the feedback from a sail maker, Hester grew his idea into a series of workable prototypes. To bring the idea to production levels, he reached out to a northeast safety net manufacturer, InCord. Together, with a larger collaboration of ideas and assembly methods, the first production DOPS was assembled. 

Analysis and Summary

The wind load testing up to 90 mph on three different materials produced results that were within the design requirements for DOPS. Each material had distinct characteristics, and each was proven suitable for use as standard and alternative material with the DOPS design. With solid test analysis, safe working limits could be determined for each manufacturers’ mobile aerial lift platform that might use a DOPS platform wrap.

To date, more than two-dozen mobile aerial lift platforms from three manufacturers have been studied and matched with a DOPS. Within 2017, the new aerial lift platform safety system will hopefully be deployed to work sites across the nation – saving lives and protecting property.

The DOPS safety enclosure is –

For more information on the study, visit www.tutusdropprevention.com.

About the gravity controller

Forrest Hester is founder and president of TUTUS, LLC and is Co-Chair of the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) Aerial Work Platform Council. Contact him via email at info@tutusdropprevention.com.

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