It would be ideal if job sites could eliminate fall hazards.
When working at height, there’s nothing more important than having proper fall protection equipment. There’s a chance that it could save your life at some point.
There are many safety measures in the construction industry that are basic and obvious enough that you likely don’t need to be made aware of them. Hard hats to avoid head trauma and safety glasses to protect your eyes, for example.
However, when you’re on the job, there’s a good chance that you’re doing some things that may not seem unsafe, yet could cause some serious problems.
One safety practice that often gets overlooked is tethering your tools. The question is: When should you
Personal Fall Protection is for YOU, Fall Protection for Tools is for EVERYONE.
Working at height poses unique risks and hazards that you typically wouldn't come across while working at ground level. Most workers think when they work at heights that all they need is their personal fall protection equipment and they will be safe. To a point this is correct, you are protecting yourself, but what about your fellow workers below you? What happens if that wrench you are working with slips out of
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
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.