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Free Guide to Tool Tethering

To help safety professionals choose tethers that increase site and personal safety without impeding employee productivity, Hammerhead Industries, manufacturer of Gear Keeper tethers and retractable lanyards, has produced a free 16-page guide called “Safety Engineer’s Guide to Tool Tethering.”


The new safety engineer’s guide contains the industry’s most complete selection of ergonomically designed personal and anchored tool tethers and lanyards that reduce worker fatigue. The guide will help the safety engineer find tethers that add convenience to the user and are specifically appropriate for the task and the work environment.


An illustrated “how to” reference is included in the guide. It shows how even seemingly untetherable tools can be safely tethered. The section titled “How to attach lanyards to tools that don’t have attachment points,” contains over 50 demonstration photos. They illustrate the guide’s tool attachment “how-to” theories such as swivel connection tools, slip versus non-slip connections and attaching tools with minimal geometry. There is also a section covering non-slip, swivel connections for small hand tools that solves the problem of tethering commonly used tools such as screw drivers, pliers, hammers and others that lack the necessary geometry or don’t have built-in attachment points required for tethering.


More than 50 proprietary products, including many new additions, are in the guide. It also covers workplace considerations such as tethers for working in confined quarters or climbing, tethers that allow for quick interchangeability of tools, and tethers designed to anchor a heavy tool to a structure instead of a person. Even tethers for other common workplace objects such as hard hats, security cards, cell phones and more are covered.


To obtain a free copy of “Safety Engineer’s Guide to Tool and Instrument Tethering,” go to

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