With tens of thousands of recorded incidences of dropped objects and hundreds of fatalities each year, tethering tools ensures your safety and the safety of fellow workers everyday. Checkout FallTech's new line of tool tethering systems and helpful information so you and others stay safe.
How to create tool tethering solutions for your tools and work applications, and how to appropriately attach tools to tethers for the prevention of dropped tools.
Tool Attachments: Solutions applied to tools and equipment for creating an attachment point that allows tools to be tethered.
Tool Tethers: Lanyard, with at least one connector on each end designed to connect a tool to an appropriate anchor point.
Anchor: Attachment points on structures, equipment, or a worker themselves to create secure connection points for tool tethers.
Containers: Solutions such as bags, buckets, or pouches used to transport tools, equipment, or parts to-and-from heights.
Common hand and power tools have varying features that can accommodate a direct tool tether connection or require the installation of a tool attachment to connect a tool tether.
Understanding and pointing out the differences between tools will allow you to choose the best tool tethering solutions to fit your tools and work applications.
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Information and Updates on Regulations
The ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 Standard is the first standard to establish design, testing and performance criteria for products designed to prevent dropped objects in the workplace. The standard addresses equipment used to tether and/or contain hand tools, components, structure and other objects from falling when working at heights.
ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is establishing industry best practice of tool tethering equipment. Although ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is not enforceable by OSHA, it does not mean you can ignore it. The standard falls under the 'General Duty Clause', if you are investigated over a dropped object injury. Any investigatory body will look to see if you were following the industry best practice.
The ANSI/ISEA Standard outlines 4 categories of equipment that are covered;
The standard does not address passive preventive solutions such as:
Links to ISEA, ANSI, DropsOnline.ORG