Imagine working below a platform or scaffold, with workmates above busy working without tool tethers. You are doing something else below them, when suddenly one of your co-workers accidentally drops a tool. Ooops. You are not hit or, better, if there were no one below. But, what if there was someone?
Well, consider using our safety product range under the NLG (Never Let Go) brand.
A comprehensive range of products, the NLG range, in a nutshell includes: a wide offering of lanyards of various kinds that are used to tether tools: storage bags, buckets and other containers to carry tools; bands, loops, belts and so on used for similar and other protective use.
Going back to falling tools, which can happen often enough. Consider the following:
Safety in the workplace or worksite is paramount. So, does your safety assessment include the possibility of falling objects? Placing a sign “Beware of falling objects” doesn’t really cut it.
How dangerous are dropped objects?
Just consider the impact forces that are generated when an object is dropped at a height.
Even with some form of protection, the result of being struck by an item of relatively low weight can be significant. For instance, a 2 kg hammer dropped at a five metre height will have the impact force of over one tonne. Wow, right? It’s just a matter of simple physics, really.
Consider that dropped objects quickly build up a significant impact force. Plus, if they strike a person, they don’t always just bounce off (e.g., use of PPE like a hard hat), they can penetrate soft tissue with disastrous consequences. As well, a safe exclusion zone that allows enough range for deflections is rarely practical.
It’s also not just a matter of inadequate risk assessment for such incidents, but one really has to take into account the human factor. Here we consider the possibility of operator error, poor behavior, complacency and even neglect. Part of safety considerations on site also covers training or awareness of such hazards.
Obviously, you also have to look at the fact that no tool lanyards or tethers are being used. Also, there’s the possibility of no containment of loose items. Hand tools, power tools, mobile phones, even Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are all examples of equipment and tools that should be securely tethered with tool lanyards.
Remember that with tool lanyards, dropped tools can be safely caught before any impact!
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