Elasticated Tool Lanyards

Elasticated Tool Lanyard (D-Ring)

Elasticated Tool Lanyard (D-Ring)
Elasticated Tool Lanyard (Loops)

Elasticated Tool Lanyard (Loops)
Elasticated Tool Lanyard (Swivel)

Elasticated Tool Lanyard (Swivel)


Elasticated Tool Lanyards for Heavier Tools up to 5 kg

At height workers know that their unique working position high above the ground does not mitigate the need for heavier tools like cordless drills, rubber mallets, hand saws, and so on. Yet these tools possess additional danger over smaller hand tools because of their size and weight. Therefore, to secure them at height requires a more robust lanyard solution that is strong enough yet still flexible enough to allow the worker to perform tasks efficiently.

For this type of application a great choice is the elasticated tool lanyard. The elasticated lanyard provides the strength necessary for heavier tools yet the flexibility needed to work in a way that is as least restricting as possible. As long as an elasticated tool lanyard is rated appropriately for the tools being used with it, it is one of the best options to secure heavier hand tools at height.

Construction of the Elasticated Lanyard

A high-quality elasticated lanyard will be made using the strongest rated materials and the best design methods. Consider a lanyard made with industrial strength elastic tape covered by a tubular case of wound webbing material. At the end you'll find industrial strength de-rings which can be attached to tools using Karabiners. This type of construction gives great strength and flexibility without compromising the integrity of the lanyard.

One of the most important parts of the construction is the tubular cover. The design of the cover helps to prevent winding which could result in snags. It also protects the elastic tape from abrasion, direct sunlight, and other influences that might introduce a failure. When choosing an elasticated tool lanyard make sure you pay close attention to the outer cover. It can make or break the quality of that piece.

Also be concerned about d-rings versus rope loops - if you're working in an abrasive environment. While rope loops are appropriate for some applications, for others they simply aren't. If your application poses any risk of cutting the loops, you should opt for d-rings instead.

Benefits of Elasticated Tool Lanyards

The most obvious benefit of the elasticated tool lanyard is its flexibility. For workers using heavier hand tools at height, it may be difficult to carry those tools on the waste or the chest throughout the entire workday. On the other hand, attaching these tools to scaffolding with a non-flexible lanyard means every time you want to use one you must unhook it from the scaffold lanyard and attach it to a lanyard on your tool belt. This is inefficient and somewhat unsafe.

By using a flexible elasticated lanyard you can attach your heavier hand tools to your scaffolding and leave them there the entire day. The lanyard gives enough stretch to allow you to use your tools within a reasonable distance without having to unhook them and connect to new lanyards. At the same time, they do not stretch far enough to allow a dropped tool to reach the ground. It is the best of both worlds when it comes to heavier hand tools inappropriate for retractable lanyards.

Safety Issues and Elasticated Tool Lanyards

Unlike retractable lanyards and small, wire lanyards, elasticated models have some inherent safety issues workers need to be aware of. First of all, because of the lanyard does allow a significant amount of slack, it should always be mounted in a location where that slack will not pose a danger of tripping or catching when the tool is not in use. Be careful when using several of these lanyards as they could get tangled and pose safety issues. It helps if you use a tool bag with anchor points as this can help keep the tools tidy when not in use.

The second safety issue involves using multiple elasticated tool lanyards attached to a tool belt or harness. Sometimes workers will have multiple holsters for their heavier hand tools with elasticated lanyards connected to each one. In applications where workers remain fairly stationary during their work this is not an issue. But where workers need to move around scaffolding or various floors of a project, multiple elasticated lanyards can get caught on equipment, exposed corners, or even other workers. Extreme care should be taken if using multiple elasticated lanyards on a tool belt.

The third safety issue, and one probably most important, regards the use of elasticated tool lanyards as a fall arrest system. Elasticated tool lanyards look similar to fall arrest lanyards, but they are not rated for fall arrest and care needs to be taken not to mistakenly use them as such. They especially should not be connected to an Inertia Reel fall arrest system (as neither should an elasticated fall arrest lanyard) Inertia Reels require smooth motion in order to properly activate braking systems. Unknown to many workers, the elasticated tool lanyard introduces a vibration along the line of the safety arrest system which can hinder, or completely prevent, the activation of the braking system. In such a case, a worker could be free to fall to his death. Therefore, elasticated tool lanyards should be reserved for tools, and not for human fall arrest systems.

Certifying Your Elasticated Tool Lanyards

If you're new to the work at height environment, or you're simply not sure of proper safety practices, it is a good idea to hire professional company to come to your job site and inspect all of your at height safety equipment. A trained inspector can check your tool lanyards to make sure they are fastened correctly, they are rated highly enough to be used on your job site, and that the tools being used with them are used in an appropriate manner.

This is especially important for elasticated tool lanyards due to the nature of their design. You need to be sure they are being employed properly by your workers so that everyone remains safe. You should have professional inspectors visit your job site at least once annually, if not twice. Ask them to do an inspection and certify your safety equipment accordingly. A good inspection service will provide you with a list of deficiencies along with corrective steps you can take.

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