On any job site, safety should be a top priority. There are all kinds of different regulations in place to keep job sites as safe as possible, from policies on using power tools to handling chemicals safely.
Fall protection for tools is a crucial component of any job site safety program. When working at height, any tool, regardless of weight, can become a safety hazard. Even an object weighing less than a pound when dropped from 90 feet can be lethal to those below. A tool lanyard can prevent this scenario.
But how much does a lanyard cost?
The short answer is that it depends on the tool. Not all lanyards are created equal.
Let’s dive further into the factors that determine lanyard cost.
It should be a given that tethering your tools when working at height is a crucial safety precaution.
Not only do you prevent injuries or even fatalities, but you also save yourself the cost of repairing broken tools or equipment below.
But how do you actually tether your tools? What methods are available?
There are two common methods used:
- DIY tool tether tape
- Professional tool tethering
Both are valid options, however, one is far more effective than the other. We’ll talk about both
Proper tethering solutions are now a requirement instead of a recommendation after the latest ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 Dropped Objects Standard. This means that it’s now more important than ever to make sure you and your fellow workers have the correct safety equipment while working at heights.
Warning to Outdoor Workers!
If your job requires you to work outdoors in cold environments, you may be at the risk of cold stress. Cold stress can be encountered in a number of different work environments if the proper steps are not taken to prevent it. Read on to learn more about the dangers OSHA warns workers about cold stress and how it can affect your health & safety, as well as steps you can take to prevent cold stress.
As we’ve covered previously on our blog, there aren’t any laws enforcing the usage of tool tethering on the job site.
Many common-sense laws, such as seatbelts, help protect us from injuries sustained in car accidents. So, while one might assume that a law exists for tool tethering to prevent tool drop-related accidents, there isn’t a law currently.
Proper tool tethering likely isn’t the first thing on the minds of busy workers on job sites.
Maybe they know all about what could happen if a tool is dropped from a height. They might even be aware of when they should be tethering their tools.
Despite this knowledge, the fact remains that dropped tools are still a considerable problem.
Most of the time, on the job site, efficiency and productivity are paramount.
This means refining processes need to be as seamless as possible. Implementing a process with the fewest amount of steps possible for achieving a particular goal is critical when we are trying to get the most out of our teams. Combined together, these ingredients lend themselves toward maintaining and operating an efficient job site.
One area that should never be overlooked, however, is job site safety.
Social Distancing Signs have been popping up in stores and workplaces across the nation to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These signs may seem strange or unnecessary at first. But in actuality, they currently deem the same importance as a stop sign at a busy intersection… With one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 being social distancing, these signs help promote this movement and keep the public informed.