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Beware of falling tools

BY HBSDealer Staff

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.

 

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