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Hammerhead Industries Inc.: Anchored Tool Tethers

January 23, 2012
tetherHeavy tools and instruments can be tethered with the TL1-3025 fixed loop tether and TL1-4025 fixed loop tether. Both of the new anchored tethers are designed for attachment to a fixed structure rather than to a person. The fixed loop tethers are rated at 15 and 25 pounds respectively, to keep drills, power drivers, electronic meters, and other heavy tools and instruments safely tethered to avoid injury to the worker or the worksite. The fixed loop attachment feature of the models also permits tethering of tools that have no other attachment point. For example, when a larger loop is required to go around a large handle like a chain saw, the worker would just slip knot the fixed loop over the handle. It is easily attached to a fixed object such as high-rise bucket or scaffolding. Anchoring the tether transfers the shock load produced by a dropped tool from the worker to the structure. According to the manufacturer, tethering heavy tools, generally over 10 pounds, is a significant safety concern, because, if dropped, a 10-pound tool can have a shock load that exceeds 200 pounds. The Gear Keeper Model TL1-3025 fixed loop tether has a short retracted length of only 32 inches to avoid entanglement coupled with a low-force extension to 45 inches that minimizes fatigue during use. The coil is covered with high-strength nylon webbing that can withstand tough working conditions. The Model TL1-4025 is a flexible, low profile coil system that provides a 10-foot working radius for tools like power drills, nail guns, power drivers, and other heavier weight tools. The coil system is fully enclosed in rugged nylon orange webbing that increases the tether’s overall strength and durability under tough on-the-job conditions for tools up to 25 pounds. The tethers feature a tag that shows the weight of the tool appropriate for the tether as well as traceability information such as date manufactured.

Hammerhead Industries Inc.
888-588-9981
www.gearkeeper.com

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