Anchored tool tethers can save lives

Gear Keeper’s TL1-3025 Fixed Loop Tether and TL1-4025 Fixed Loop Tether keep heavy tools and instruments safely tethered to avoid injuries.

Dec 20th, 2011

Ventura, Calif.—Hammerhead Industries, manufacturers of Gear Keeper industrial tool tethering systems, has announced a pair of new tool tethers for heavy tools and instruments. Both of the new anchored tethers are designed for attachment to a fixed structure rather than to a person.

The TL1-3025 Fixed Loop Tether and TL1-4025 Fixed Loop Tether 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 work site.

The "fixed loop" attachment feature of these new 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.

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. Tethering heavy tools, generally over 10 pounds, is a significant safety concern. 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 new Gear Keeper models are also high visibility orange in color and feature a tag that shows the weight of the tool appropriate for the tether as well as traceability info such has date manufactured.

“This safety tag is a new feature that will help Safety Engineers make sure that each tool has the proper tether for the job,” said John Salentine, VP of Hammerhead Industries. “Safety starts first with the proper mating of both the tool and the tether to ensure productivity and safety in the work environment.”

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