Tool tethering and lanyards


Fall Protection refers to anything that can fall, whether it’s a person, debris, tool or piece of equipment. 

A Tool Lanyard is a tether that is designed to act as an intermediate device between the tool and the anchor point ( wrist strap,harness, belt bag etc.).
They allow a tool to be used freely whilst maintaining a direct connection that will arrest the fall if they are accidentally dropped in use.

Scissorsafe Tool Lanyards are currently available in two versions rated by the weight of the tool to be attached to them. Accessories have been designed for ease of use and connection to hand and power tools.

All components have been load-tested tested On a 2:1 factor for static and impact loading.

  • When an object falls from height, it gathers energy and force.
  • A Tool as light and blunt as a spanner has the potential to cause damage, injury or death if it was to fall on a person from height.
  • Sharp tools such as knives and screwdrivers can also cause fatal injuries given their ability to penetrate upon impact.
  • A dropped tool weighing 1.5kg falling  60 metres will reach a speed of 80 miles per hour upon vertical impact.
  • A construction hat will offer very little protection to anyone being hit in these circumstances.
  • If the falling object is deflected by a hard surface it can fly over a very long distance greatly increasing the area of danger.
  • Heavier tools will generate greater speed and velocity.

The Work at Height Regulations (2005) state that:

The employer shall, take suitable steps to prevent the fall of an object to prevent injury to any person being struck by any falling material or object which is liable to cause personal injury.

Tools should be tethered when

When operating in an environment where a tool could fall a distance of 3 metres or more.

When working externally on the perimeter of a structure.

When working within 3 metres of an opening, riser, stairwell or perimeter of a structure.

The determining  factors you should consider when tethering tools are as follows.

Weight of tool to be tethered

Scissorsafe Tethers are available in two versions determined by their maximum load capacity.

  • 1 kg Webbing Lanyard with Wristband for constant use small tools – SCS303/SCS315

  • 3kg Coiled Lanyard hand tools – no trailing tether to snag – SCS305

  • 3 kg Elasticated Lanyard for use where long reach is necessary – SCS300

  • 10kg Elasticated Lanyard for Powertools – SCS301

Tool Lanyard Familiarisation

Know the weight of your tools

  • Don’t use a tool lanyard with a load-rating that is lower than the weight of the tool.

  • Don’t connect Tool Lanyard’s together.

  • When working with machinery ,don’t attach a tool lanyard to the wrist, workbelt, harness or any other part of the body – the lanyard is unlikely to break if entangled.

Always carry out a pre-use inspection on all Tool Lanyards and remove them from use if they

  • Show signs of excessive wear or broken stitch patterns

  • connectors don’t fully open and close

  • Have been modified in any way

Attachment Points

Are Tool Attachment Points and Lanyard Connection Points capable of withstanding the load if the tool is dropped for the full drop distance of the lanyard.

  • Don’t tether a tool that weighs more than 1 kg to your wrist

  • Don’t tether a tool that  weighs more than 3 kg to your workbelt or harness

  • Tools that weigh more than 3 kg. should be tethered to a Guardrail or a secure, fixed and rated anchor point

Clearance distances

Ensure the lanyard’s full extension drop will not impact with workers below