Tether and lanyard manufacturer Gear Keeper has introduced the Quick Connect tool tether, designed to help users safely change out a tool or instrument while working aloft.
The product plugs tools and equipment into the tether by means of various fasteners, enabling the user to secure tools at heights without the need for multiple tethers. When a user wants to change tools or instruments, he or she unplugs the old tool, selects the next one, plugs it in and returns to work.
The Quick Release component comes in an assortment of configurations, including split ring, mini-lanyard straps, side release, bungee strap, snap clip and more.
“Change the tool, not the tether,” says John Salentine, vice president and co-founder of Hammerhead Industries Inc., which manufactures the Gear Keeper systems. “When you consider the difficulties of working aloft, safety comes first. Having a tangle of tethers doesn’t make sense. Our unique QC system makes our tethers safer for your employees to use.”
Gear Keeper tethers are available in both retractable and lanyard styles. They can be attached to the user’s wrist, tool belt, shoulder strap or tool carrier. In the case of heavier tools or instruments, the tethers can be anchored to the structure.
Gear Keeper’s line of more than 3,000 tethering configurations includes dozens of attachment methods, including carabiners, rotating belt clips, velcro, shoulder straps, pin mounts and snap clips. The retractable devices also come in multiple forces to match the weight of the tool or instrument.
Built for heavy-duty industrial use, Gear Keeper tethers are designed to survive extended salt water and chlorine exposure. The retractable tethers have a patented flushing system that self clears sand and other debris from the retractor mechanism. The devices have a failure rate of less than .001%, the company says.