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12 SAFETY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Better Safe Than Sorry swivel eyelet provides improved worker mobility by prevent- ing the tangling of the line, while a rugged overmold housing offers durability in abusive environments and cuts down on the replacement cycle of units, according to the company. For contractors desiring more oversight, mobile health and safety solutions provider SecuraTrac recently released the MobileDefender Model S (MD-S) as its next generation mobile emergency pendant. In addition to state-of-the-art location technology allowing companies to track workers dispatched into unknown environments, the MD-S offers a built-in fall advisory capability that can detect both horizon- tal and vertical movement. is way, if an employee falls on the job or is knocked over, he or she does not have to initiate a call for help because the MD-S triggers one automatically. is also allows central hub stations to immediately know of and respond to potential accidents. On elevated jobs, even workers on the ground beneath can be in danger due to the potential of falling tools. According to SafeStart, a global safety company focused on human error prevention training, the best solution to reduce the risk is to tether tools to a structure or to workers through a tool belt, harness, or wristband. is protects people below and can prevent possible knee-jerk reactions of workers trying to catch the dropped object and losing balance or traction as a result. Some energy-absorbing lanyards can also be useful by reduc- ing the force of any dropped object. Transporting tools in a container with a cover or closure is another recommendation. Among manufacturers in this space is the Gear Keeper line from Hammerhead Industries, which offers a wide range of tool and equipment safety tethers and retractable lanyards. "A n increasing number of employees are finding themselves ascending to heights to complete their work," said John Salentine, Hammerhead president. "Often these workers are directly over or adjacent to their colleagues, by-standers, and other individuals at lower levels. Protective equipment, such as hard hats, has long been available w ith standards written to minimize the effects of 'struck-by' incidents, but this is only after an object has fallen. Preventative measures, such as netting and toe boards, are also a mitigating practice, but they do not entirely prevent incidents. W hile at heights, active controls utilized to prevent falling tools and objects by ty ing them off or containing them w ith tethering systems is a rapidly grow ing practice." At Hammerhead, the Gear Keeper line of both anchor and wrist tethers offers a unique touch. "We weave elastic into the nylon webbing of our tethers," Salentine said. "It is more expensive for us, but it makes the elastic an integral, non-structural compo- nent, which provides optimum retraction tension and low force stretch. It also creates a longer useful product life. ey are designed to avoid worker fatigue and maintain productivity, since only minimal force is necessary to extend our tethers for use, and it avoids 'snap back ' when retracted." Even smaller tools, such as screwdrivers or pliers, can pose risks, Salentine explained. is is often because the lack of attachment points means that contractors will allow them to go untethered. To address this, Hammerhead recently published "e Safety Engineer's Guide to Tool Tethering," which is a free guide containing an illustrated section on how to tether small tools with no attachment points. Accord ing to Sa lentine, who cited statistics f rom Liber t y Mutua l, hundreds of ind iv idua ls are k i l led each year by fa l ling objects and tens of thousands more are injured. Based on this r isk, Hammerhead worked w ith the A NSI and Inter nationa l Safet y Equipment A ssociation (ISE A) to develop a " drop object" standard for equipment solutions that prevent dropped objects. T his standard is ex pected to be released in 2018. "We are busy working on standards to help coatings contractors select proper tethers and lanyards to guide them in making safe tethering choices," Salentine said. "Four main categories of products will be referenced in the new standard: anchor points, attachment points, tool tethers, and anti-drop storage (such as self-closing bags). is standard will estab- lish design, testing, and performance criteria for active systems used to prevent dropped objects in the workplace." Better Safe Than Sorry continued from page 10 Working at heights adds another aspect to any coatings project. To increase safety to workers above and below jobsites, harnesses, tethers, and scaffolds, such as those from Safway, may be used.

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