Wire Tool Lanyards

Wire Tool Lanyard

Wire Tool Lanyard
Wire Tool Lanyard (Swivel)

Wire Tool Lanyard (Swivel)

Wire Tool Lanyards: Strong and Reliable

When it comes to tool lanyards none is more basic or reliable than the wire tool lanyard. This particular model is the easiest to use in a variety of applications and the most versatile of all. It can be used with both heavy tools and lightweight ones, it can be attached to a tool belt, holster, harness, or scaffolding, and it can be attached to various tools in a number of ways. The basic wire tool lanyard is probably the first type most workers will ever use.

The Need for Tool Lanyards

If you're new to the idea of securing tools or at height work, there are some very real benefits to using tool lanyards. First of all, the law in most European countries requires workers at height to secure all tools from falling to the ground. This can be done in a number of ways including lanyards, secure tool belts, bags, and so on. The law exists to protect individuals who might be walking or working below. If a dropped tool were to fall on someone it could easily cause serious injury or even death.

Beyond the safety issues is also the issue of convenience. Workers who are prone to dropping tools must either constantly get down to retrieve them or carry multiple tools with them. Both options are inefficient and unproductive. By attaching tools with a lanyard both are eliminated, allowing for the maximum efficiency of workers. The only question is which type of lanyard to use for a particular application.

Benefits of Wire Tool Lanyards

Workers who benefit most from wire tool lanyards are those who work in harsh outdoor conditions. Because its construction is a simple stainless steel wire with loops on either end, it can withstand extreme heat, cold, abrasion, sharp objects, etc. Unlike an elasticised tool lanyard which can be cut, a wire a lanyard requires a whole lot more effort to sever than elastic tape. Where the potential exists to compromise other types of lanyards the wire lanyard is the better choice.

Marine workers who spend their workdays near the ocean also find wire lanyards stand up to the salt water environment better. Typically these lanyards are covered by a protective plastic coating that shields the stainless steel wire from harsh environments, but even without that coating, stainless steel holds up very well against salt water nonetheless.

Wire Tool Lanyards Are Versatile

Where a wrist tool lanyard or an elasticized lanyard may have limited use, the wire lanyard is incredibly versatile. You can connect it directly to a tool belt with the tool attached on the other end - which is the most practical and widely used arrangement. But if you're using a holster on a tool belt, as long as the holster has an anchor point you can then attach the tool lanyard directly to the holster rather than using a separate clip on a belt. This gives you a little more length to work with and keeps the excess wire out of the way when the tool is not in use.

Check the Ratings

Despite the general strength of wire tool lanyards it is important that workers check the strength rating of these lanyards before putting them to use. They do have their limits, that's for sure. As with any at height safety equipment, if it is used outside the boundaries of the appropriate ratings workers are putting themselves and others at risk.

Along with checking ratings, also be sure that a wire tool lanyard is being used appropriately in relation to the tool itself. For example, a claw hammer does not normally have a loop or ring at the bottom in order to allow it to be fastened to a lanyard. Make sure you purchase a proper fastening system for your hammer (such as the universal tether) rather than simply attaching a lanyard with a piece of rope or duct tape. All lanyard applications should be appropriate for the tools being used.

Finally, on-site supervisors should consider having the job site inspected and certified by a professional in order to make sure the company and its workers are complying with safety regulations. An annual inspection is sufficient in most cases.

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