Stop getting struck by falling objects or losing the tools you need to get the job done - start a tool tethering policy!
Working at height involves some obvious safety concerns – namely falls. Yet, while most people think of workers falling, the reality is that falls can include not only people, but also objects like tools. Every year there are more than 50,000 “struck by falling object” OSHA recordable injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Safety is essential in any profession but keeping construction workers safe is paramount. Inadvertently dropping the tools or equipment you’re using while working at raised levels can be as deadly as randomly shooting a bullet up into the air. Something as simple as a tape measure that weighs one pound could kill someone if it drops hundreds of feet to the ground.
With a tool tethering policy, you can eliminate struck by falling object injuries and keep tools in the hands of your workers. Additionally, a good tool tethering policy can affect your bottom line. Fewer dropped tools means less money spent on replacing them.
Tool tethering is the practice of securing an object to a worker or other anchor point to prevent the object from falling. It’s a critical practice for anyone working four feet or higher above the ground, elevated above a coworker or sensitive objects, moving equipment to and from raised areas, or otherwise required by the safety supervisor.
Post tool tethering signs and labels around the work environment to enforce your safety message.
OSHA requires that if you work in an environment where you’re at risk of being hit by something that falls, you must:
OSHA can use the General Duty Clause to cite companies when dropped objects have caused injuries or are hazardous. In some cases, companies have even fired employees if they drop something while working from above.
Prevent serious injuries from occurring on job sites and work zones with effective communication.
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