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Tool tethering is key to protect yourself and others

October 18, 2023


Falling tools can injure workers when dropped from elevated surfaces, even if those workers are wearing hard hats. Something as light as a wrench can reach a speed of nearly 80 miles per hour if it falls 200 feet straight down. That’s why workers and employers need to take steps to protect portable tools from falling over the edge of the worksite. Workers must tether tools to the elevated surface, so they can’t fall to lower/ground levels. Tethering tools will also improve workplace efficiency by increasing the accessibility of the equipment. Workers don’t have to go out of their way when looking for essential items. They can follow the tether to locate the tool as quickly as possible.

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