What are the components of a Tool Drop Safety System?
A Tool Drop Safety System is a 3-point system comprised of Anchorage Points, Tool Attachment Points, & Connectors.
Do Dropped Objects really pose a threat on my jobsite?
YES! The #4 cause of fatal work injuries in 2018 was by contact with objects & equipment.
What are Tool Attachment Points in a Tool Drop Safety System?
Tool Drop Attachment Points can be: Quick Spins, Quick Rings, D-ring with Cord, D-ring & Quick-Wrap Tape, or Tool Cinch Attachments. Tool Attachment Points are a secure point of attachment on the tool that is load-rated for at least the total weight of the tool. These attachment points must not hinder the use of the tool at all. Once a tool has an attachment point, it is considered "Tether-Ready".
What are Connectors in a Tool Drop Safety System?
Connectors are either a tool lanyard, tool tether, or hard hat tether. Just like a lanyard or SRL for personal fall safety, tools require a connector to ensure they are securely attached to an anchor point in the event the tool is dropped.
What are Anchorage Points in a Tool Drop Safety System?
Anchorage Points can either be "off the body" for tools over 5 lbs. or "on the body" for tools under 5 lbs. On the body, anchorage Points can either be a tool belt, tool belt loop, holster, or wristband. Anchor points can take many forms because of the wide variety of applications & tool sizes/weights.
What Weight Capacity Tool Drop Lanyard / Tether Should I Use for My Tool?
When choosing a tool drop lanyard or tether for your tool, you must first consider the weight capacity of the lanyard or tether you are selecting. The selected connector must have a weight capacity that is equal to or higher than the weight of the tool being connected to.
What are "On-Body" Anchors in a Tool Drop Safety System?
"On-Body" Anchors are used for tools that weigh under 5 lbs. For safety reasons, tools over 5 lbs. will have to be anchored using "Off-Body" Anchors.
What are "Off-Body" Anchors in a Tool Drop Safety System?
"Off-Body" Anchors are used for heavier tools & equipment, 5 lbs. & heavier, to prevent them from becoming a drop hazard when working at heights.
What do I need to consider for Tool Retention?
Snap-On Tools has a Tool Retention checklist for their Tools@Height product offering which is a good start to any tool retention initiative. The primary goal is preventing dropped objects & tool drop incidents.
Are there General User Instructions for 3M Fall Protection for Tools Products?
Fall Protection for Tools products are part of a workplace fall protection plan. It is expected that all users be fully trained in the safe installation and operation of these products. Misuse of this device could result in serious injury or death. For proper selection, operation, installation, maintenance, and service, refer to these User Instructions and all manufacturer recommendations, see a supervisor or contact 3M Technical Service.