One of the best ways to prevent tools from dropping while working at height is to use the right tethering systems. Lanyards are specifically designed for this job to keep the tools secured so that even if you drop them, they will never touch the ground. Another benefit of using the lanyard is that they cost less compared to the price of the tools themselves or the possible financial costs of having an accident.
There are different styles of lanyards that you can choose from to meet the tethering needs of almost any tool. For small tools, you can choose the simplest style. For heavier and high-value equipment, you can choose the more substantial tethering system. The kind of lanyard a company will use depends on several factors like the type of work, the type of tools being used, the environment, weather conditions and so on.
Creating a Lanyard Scheme
To the inexperienced individual, it seems that the ideal way to use the lanyard is to simply get a box of it and attach all the tools on the safety harness or belt. But for the experienced, using a lanyard system is much more complicated than that. Think of the different hand tools you are using to install the electrical junction boxes. If all the tools are tethered to your tool belt, you will have a number of various straps hanging on your tool belt. Having all these straps would make it easy for you to get tangled on something, which could cause you to trip, snag or fall.
You need some knowledge and experience to be able to design the proper lanyard scheme. A well-designed lanyard scheme uses various types and lengths connected to different points. For instance, you may have one hand tool connected to a retractable tether on your left hip. You may have 2 or 3 other light tools attached to your safety harness with short lanyard. The other tools can be connected directly to your tool belt using a longer lanyard.
If your lanyard scheme is properly designed, you will have access to all of your tools in a way that is comfortable but safe. There will be less risk of stumbling over excess lanyard material, also you don’t have to be concerned about your lanyards getting tangled on something, and you can easily move around. These lanyards are very functional and will make sure that you are protected against accident and injury.
A Customized Lanyard
The most common lanyard consists of either a length of cable or webbing with connectors on the end. Tools with built-in anchors are perfect using the common lanyard because workers can easily hook the tools and go. But, there are cases where your tools don’t have built-in anchors. Cordless drills, hammers, and ratchets are some examples of anchor-less tools. These sorts of tools need customized tethering solutions that use the tool’s own size and shape to determine the right way to hold onto it.
Utilizing a hammer as an example, one customized solution is a tether system that involves a unique adhesive sleeve. Using this scheme, the tether is fixed in position by slipping a tight sleeve on it as well as the hammer’s handle. The sleeve is then allowed to shrink and the handle to adhere, which makes a permanent bond between the two. Having the tethered sandwiched firmly together between them and a lanyard connected, it will not slip over even under the most extreme situations. Without a doubt, this scheme is the best way to keep the hammer secured while working that does not require a built-in anchor.