Beware of falling tools
Injury, damage and lost work hours resulting from untethered tools falling from high places is a real problem. According to Liberty Mutual’s Safety Index, falling object accidents cost U.S. industry almost $6 billion last year.
Not only that, there are rules on the topic. OSHA Reg. #1926.759 (a)2 states that “equipment and tools, which are not in use while aloft, shall be secured against accidental displacement,” applies to the construction industry.
With those facts in mind, Ventura, Calif.-based Gear Keeper’s new family of ergonomically constructed Super Coil anchored tool tethers have a few new safety features
The products are manufactured with a low-force polyurethane elastic core that is woven throughout the entire body of the webbing. The company says the result is a tool tether that creates an 18-foot diameter working area but will gently retract to just 42-inches.
Designed for tools weighing up to 25lbs, Gear Keeper’s proprietary manufacturing process minimizes “extension” arm fatigue while in use but equally important, minimizes entanglement issues when climbing or working in confined areas. These new Gear Keeper products present compelling safety advantages by offering a longer extension length combined with a shorter retraction length than competitive, ergonomically stiff tethers employing bungee-type cores. Users, says the company, will find their work more convenient and will appreciate the significant reduction in arm stress.
Load tested beyond the drop weight, other safety and strength features of the Super Coil tethers include a lanyard cord that is sewn lengthwise into the webbing to avoid damaging the integrity of the cord and insuring longer durability and strength. Competitive lanyard cords are sewn crosswise creating potential failure points.
A new breed of USB Charger
Leviton added to its line of USB Charger Devices. The Type A and Type-C USB Charger/Tamper Resistant Receptacle offers two high powered vertical USB ports, one Type A and one Type-C, delivering a combined total of 5.1A charging current and 25+ watts of power, along with two additional tamper resistant receptacles.
The Type-C port within the receptacle provides up to 59% faster charging power compared to leading competitors based upon tests performed using a Lightning cable and the Type-C port with an iPhone 7, iPad Mini 1 and iPad Pro 9.7, the company said. Engineered utilizing smart chip technology, the device recognizes and optimizes the charging requirements of individual devices for faster charging of smartphones, tablets and other peripheral devices that use the Type-C cable.
“The Leviton Type A and Type-C USB Charger/Tamper Resistant Receptacle delivers faster, more powerful charging to a wide range of electronic devices, and the reversible Type-C connector allows users to easily plug in cables in either direction,” said William Randall, director of product management, Leviton Residential. “The addition of two tamper resistant receptacles not only improves child safety, but also provides a convenient solution for other power needs while devices are charging.”
The device is available in white, ivory, light almond, gray, black, brown and red, and is compatible with the complete line of Leviton Decora wiring devices, Decora wallplates and Decora Plus screwless wallplates.