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.
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
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.
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.