Between 2012 and 2016, there was a total of 122 fatalities caused by falling objects.
Objects dropped from height have the ability to quickly generate impact force. Not only can the initial impact of a dropped object cause harm by penetrating the body, it can also ricochet and turn into a projectile, creating a secondary hazard.
- Time – If tools or equipment are dropped and considered lost or irretrievable, this can prevent tasks from reaching completion. This may have a negative impact on productivity, and could overall cause a delay on job time framing and scheduling
- Money – The cost of dropping tools can be expensive when assessing damage or replacement. This cost can become dire when considering an object dropped into an area that could disrupt or stop work of others. The cost can include expensive legal fees where members of the public are involved. This can expand to how your brand/business is seen in the public eye, with the possibility of costing your business significant amounts of money
- LIVES – Most importantly and the highest cost of all, the potential for loss of life. It can be traumatic for the victims families, even in the event of a recoverable injury. This can impact not just workmates, but passers-by in the public too.
TOOL LANYARD GUIDE
How to Tether Tools
As simple as one, two three:
- Tether Point
- Tool Lanyard
- Anchor Point
Begin with a tether point on the tool itself. As many tools don’t have an attachment point for a tool lanyard, LINQ have developed tether points that can be retrofitted to any tool without causing damage or limiting its use.
There are different types of tool lanyards for different equipment, tasks and environments. Its important to assess both your tools and where they’ll be used to decide which kind of lanyard is most suitable. You may want to have several types and lengths of lanyards to allow you to use your tools in various scenarios without any difficulty.
The anchor point needs to be just as robust as the rest of the system. For lighter tools, they can be secured to a wristband, a workbelt or to a harness worn by the worker. Heavier items should be tethered to a strong, fixed point such as a load rated rail or beam.
Self Fusing Tape
When using silicone tape – LINQ Recommends a minimum of two passes of the length of the tether.
Certified Tool Anchor Points in THREE EASY STEPS:
- Cut a length of tape between 30cm – 40cm (or enough to go around the tool at least 10 times).
- Position the Tether Point on the tool.
- Apply Self Fusing Silicone Tape, pulling it tight and without covering the Tether connection point.
NO HEAT OR ADDITIONAL PROCESS REQUIRED!