Tool Tethers

Tool TetherTool Tethers The Tool Chuck
Tool TethersTool Tether Triple Lock(Veclcro) Tether
Tool Tether (Universal Anchor)
Tool Tether (Universal Anchor)

Tool Tether (Mini Omni Anchor)
Tool Tether (Mini Omni Anchor)
Tool Tether (Wire Anchor)Tool Tether (Wire Anchor) Tool Tether (Dyneema Anchor)
Tool Tether (Dyneema Anchor)

Tool Tether (Mini Omni Anchor)
Tool Tether (D Hex Shackle Connectors)
Screw Gate Karabiner
Tool Tether Stainless Screw Gate Karabiner
Tool Tether (Universal Anchor)
Tool Tether (Maillion & Karabiner Connectors)

Tool Tethers Are As Important As Lanyards

When working at height it is always important to secure tools and equipment so that they do not fall and injure those on the ground. One of the most important pieces of safety equipment for this purpose is the tool lanyard. The lanyard is anchored at one end by attaching it to a harness, tool belt, scaffolding, etc. On the other end it is attached to the tool tether, which is attached to the tool. The tool tether is just as important in terms of safety as the lanyard.

Without the tool tether it would be impossible to secure some tools to the lanyard. Therefore, the tool tether becomes an integral part of safety system which should be held as just as important as any other part. Tool tethers should be chosen based on the appropriateness of their use for specific tool, the quality by which the tether is constructed, and how well it works with the tools in question.

Captive Hole Tethers

For hand tools with captive holes, this type of tether is one of the more popular ones. It is light weight, easy to use, flexible, and doesn't interfere with the proper use of the tool. This type of tether simply slips through the captive hole with an anchor at one end; the other end is clipped to the tool lanyard. The captive hole tether is perfect for wrenches, files, and anything else with a small captive hole.

Velcro Anchored Tether

This type of tool tethering system is for hand tools without a captive hole or other means of attachment. Generally it consists of a Velcro strap which can be attached securely around the handle of the tool and attaches to a lanyard through a hook on the other end. Candidates for the Velcro anchored tether would include tools like a hand drill or a handheld impact wrench. Just be sure when you use this type of tether that you purchase one with a strong, double-locking Velcro system.

Universal Tool Tether

The universal tool tether is one of the easiest to use and has the widest variety of applications. Some tools, like hammers and screwdrivers, present a specific tethering problem because they have no captive holes, recessed sections or shaped handles where a tether can easily be attached. For tools like these Leading Edge suggest a sleeved tool tether which utilizes the tool's handle as the anchor point. It consists of two webbing straps with a D ring at one end and an adhesive sleeve to keep them in place. To use this system you simply hold the tool and straps in place with one hand while slipping the sleeve over the handle with the other. Heat is then applied to the tether sleeve and the adhesive holds the straps in place and adheres to the tool handle. This is a highly adaptable system which can be used for a wide variety of hand tools,including fixing the tether along the shaft of the tool.

Wire and Dyneema Webbing Tool Tethers

These tethers are made from either wire cable or high strength Dyneema webbing, with a loop at both ends. With this type of tether you can easily retro-fit tools providing a secure fixing solution for tools with captive or shaped handles,a captive hole, a large handle or body, or any other means by which a loop can be formed by pulling one end through the other. Because these tethers have such an extensive application they are among the most popular on the market.

When buying tool tethers always make sure they are properly rated according to safety regulations. Also be sure that you don't choose one specific type of tether for use in all applications. Some tools and job sites require different tool tethering than others. Always make sure you have those suited specifically to what you're doing.

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