Free Tethering Tool Chart

May 26, 2011
This  free TOOL TETHER GUIDE  helps industrial safety engineers choose the appropriate “dropped tool” safety device for tools up to 25 pounds. In the first of the guide’s four illustrated steps, the safety engineer learns how to determine the most compatible tether based on tool weight and application. Step two discusses the best attachment method for single and multiple tools and step three discusses optimum attachment points for lanyards and carabiners.  Even tools that have no apparent attachment point are covered by step four which displays methods to securely modify the tool for safe tethering. The safety engineer’s goal in correct tethering procedures is to make sure the tool, application and recoil-retraction force are in balance. To satisfy that need, the guide illustrates a wide range of tethering devices. They include retractable lanyards that avoid entanglement problems by keeping keeps tool close to the body to anchored tethers that transfer the shock load of a dropped tool from the worker to the structure. In addition, wrist tethers for small tools, quick connect/quick release tethers for multi-tool tethering and tethers that facilitate working in confined areas are also illustrated.