Do tool tethers need to be certified?

Spot the tool tether - Safe as houses.....? Or, dangerous as dynamite......

Any tethers better than no tether, right? Unfortunately, NO!

An alarming number of 'tool drop incidents' are occuring with tools that actually have tethers attached. This is due to the utilisation of shoddy and un-certified tool drop prevention products that have the apprearence of safety but in actual fact make a tool more lethal than ever.

A tool used at height with a cheap, over-rated or improperly attached lanyard/tether point is likely to be used in highly hazardous drop areas due to it's perceived safety. In the event of a drop incident, the likelihood of failure is high.

In the absense of Australian and International Standards, users need to be very aware of what the 'load ratings' on tool lanyards and tether points actually signify - question your supplier closely to ensure your products have been adequately tested and are equal to the demands of a 'dynamic drop' scenario.

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