• How to choose, tether and anchor tool lanyards

How to choose, tether and anchor tool lanyards

Preventing tools and equipment from being dropped or knocked from heights is crucial, with falling objects the fourth highest cause of workplace fatalities in Australia from 2012–2016, causing 122 deaths in five years.

Falling objects are also responsible for a significant number of workplace injuries, resulting in 3515 compensation claims in 2014–15 alone.

Factoring in the impact that lost or irretrievable tools have on productivity, job delays and replacement of equipment also adds additional time and financial costs to businesses.

LINQ Height Safety Gear National Category Manager, Paul Bozkurt, recommends that a tool tethering system – such as LINQ’s new range – be used by anyone working at heights.

“Any trade or task involving heights and the need to use tools, or where a hard hat may be worn, should use tool lanyards and tethers. This includes scaffolders, rope access workers, tower workers and roof workers, down to plumbers, electricians and carpenters working at heights,” he said.

He also recommended using the LINQ Height Safety tool drop calculator as part of any working at heights risk assessment.

“The calculator is modelled off a matrix that calculates the fall energy and simplifies this to a likely outcome as a result of the tool drop.”

Results can range from a minor injury through to severe injuries and fatalities.