Dropped Object Prevention

When conditions demand continuous tool anchorage while working along horizontal surfaces, FallTech® offers tethering options you can count on. Our systems are simple to install and are easily length-adjustable, allowing you to meet various fall clearance requirements for both construction and general industry.

Tool Tethers

Plus Hard Hat Tethers

Tool Tethers

We offer our attachments in two basic configurations: choke-on or tape-on.
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Tool Attachments

For Hand and Power Tools

Tool Attachments

We build our tethers in multiple configurations to suit applications up to 15 pounds maximum tool weight.
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Wrist Attachment Anchor

Speed Clip & D-Ring Connection

Wrist Attachment Anchor

FallTech single tool anchoring solutions feature easy multi-tool interchangeability during close proximity work.
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DROPPED OBJECT PREVENTION

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.

TERMINOLOGY AND DEFINITIONS OF DROPPED OBJECT PREVENTION

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.

UNDERSTANDING COMMON TOOL FEATURES

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. Below are examples of common hand tools with varying features.

open handle Tools
Open handle tools
Captive-eye Tools
Captive-eye tools
Closed/Open Handle Power Tools
Closed/open handle power tools

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TOOL TETHERING SYSTEM

Follow the menu steps for each tool type and weight.

OPEN HANDLE TOOLS

CAPTIVE-EYE TOOLS

ALL TETHER OPTIONS

WRIST ATTACHMENT ANCHOR

POWER TOOLS

 HARD HATS

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HOW IMPORTANT ARE TOOL TETHERS?

ANSI/ISEA 121-2018

Information and Updates on Regulations

WHAT IS ANSI/ISEA 121-2018?

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.

WHAT DOES ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 COVER?

The ANSI/ISEA Standard outlines 4 categories of equipment that are covered;

  1. Anchor Attachments – Attachment solutions applied onto fixed anchor locations like a structure or a worker themselves to create secure connection points for tool tethers.
  2. Tool Attachments – Solutions applied to tools and equipment being used at height that allows them to be tethered.
  3. Tool Tethers – Lanyard, with at least one connector on each end that will connects a tool to an anchor point
  4. Containers – Bags, buckets, or pouches used to transport tools, equipment, or parts to-and-from work areas at height.

WHAT DOES ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 NOT COVER?

The standard does not address passive preventive solutions such as:

  • Netting
  • Barricades
  • Toe Boards
  • Head Protection
  • Foot Protection
  • Eye Protection

FACTS ABOUT DROPPED TOOLS

Infographic demonstrating the rate of fatalities due to dropped objects

HOW TO TELL IF A PRODUCT IS ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 COMPLIANT. (MARKING & LABEL REQUIREMENTS)

The following information shall be on labeling permanently attached to all solutions, and must be visible and legible.

  1. Name, Trademark or other means of identification of the manufacturer
  2. Product identification (i.e. number, date code, and/or serial number)
  3. Published capacity, identified by weight
  4. Number of this specific ANSI standard
  5. Tether length (for tool tethers only)
  6. Max tether length (for anchor points, attachments and if applicable, containers)

INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Links to ISEA, ANSI, DropsOnline.ORG

  1. Drop Calculator – www.dropsonline.org
  2. ISEA – International Safety Equipment Association www.safetyequipment.com
  3. ANSI – American Standards Institute www.ansi.org
  4. Dropsonline.org – Dropped Object Prevention Scheme Global Resource Center www.dropsonline.org

DROPPED OBJECT PREVENTION

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