Being safety-conscious with tool tethers means, one has to consider all potential dangers in the workplace. Have you ever considered the risk caused by the possibility of falling objects from height? If your workers do work on a platform, scaffold, etc. there is always the possibility of tools being dropped without the use of safety tool lanyards. Consider that a 2 kg hammer dropped at a five metre height will have the impact force of over one tonne! It’s just a matter of simple physics, really.
So, we provide you, dear reader, a safer alternative to holding tools and other equipment at height without securing these: Never Let Go Australia (NLG). Yes, this comprehensive range of tool tethering lanyard options is now available from us, at Amco Industries (AMCO). Since we started operation in 1998, our focus has been on safety. While, you may associate AMCO only with products like anti-fatigue mats, steel stair treads, steel stair nosings and the like, well guess what we are more than that.
Introducing NLG – Never Let Go Australia
As exclusive Australian distributors for NLG products, we are able to provide you with a wide range of tool tethering equipment—as a more practical alternative to mitigating controls like toe boards, handrails, netting, hard hats and the like. These items are more a secondary method of control, while NLG tool tethering is a primary system (or preventive control).
NLG is designed to stop the drops in the first place. Today, proactive Health and Safety Officers around the world are adopting this methodology and introducing tool tethering policies to stop drops before they happen.
And, if you thought that the dangers of dropped tools and the like are not a problem encountered in Australia, think again. According to Safe Work Australia, between 2010 and 2014 falling objects in Australia caused: 125 fatalities (that’s more than ‘falls from height’ for the same period!
And, there were 15,410 Serious Workers Compensations Claims during the same period. (A serious claim is an accepted workers’ compensation claim that involves one or more weeks away from work).
Our NLG offering covers tool tethering systems, as well as storage units.
The secret is preventive Control
NLG tethering systems involve the use of a tool tether, tool lanyard and an anchor. The tool tether holds the tool, while the lanyard is what connects the tool to the tether and anchor. NLG units have a wide offering of lanyards with various load rating (based on tool weight), as well as lengths to make access to the job as easy as possible. As well, different materials of tool lanyards are available for convenient retrieval if a fall occurs. This covers bungee lanyards, coiled lanyards, webbing lanyards and retractable lanyards.
The anchor is the point, an immovable object, the work belt, wrist wrap or harness that a user attaches the lanyard to, so that if it’s dropped it won’t fall.
The NLG gear storage units includes: tool bags, tool holsters, tool belts and pouches, as well as hoist buckets and even phone cases.
Let’s not forget the cost of accidents
Finally, we suggest prevention is better than cure. After all dropping and losing tools costs money in terms of damage and replacement. There is also the possibility of lengthy legal implications and expensive bills to pay. And, if members of the public are involved, the problem expands and can lead to other intangible costs, like brand and reputational damage.
Of course, most importantly, there is the potential loss of life. Even with recoverable injuries, it is traumatic for the persons and families involved. After all, this can lead to the loss of income
and ongoing medical expenses. Remember, if you are working in public areas, it is not just your workforce at risk, but anyone passing nearby.
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