NEW! 3M Fall Protection Demo Bag
Hercules SLR knows the value of fall prevention—That’s why we’ve put together kits with some of our favourite 3M fall protection gear to show you the difference it makes.
3M FALL PROTECTION | WHY IS FALL PREVENTION IMPORTANT?
In Canada, every year over 14,000 workers are injured due to falls and over 27,000 workers are injured due to dropped objects like hammers, cell phones and work-radios—These are just the recorded incidents.
Fall protection for all kinds of workers should include the right kind of PPE for the kind of work you do, but prevention plans, rescue & retrieval plans and tool fall protection equipment, plans and risk assessment measures.
3M FALL PROTECTION FOR TOOLS | STOP THE DROP
It can be easy to underestimate the impact of slips and falls—It can be even easier to underestimate the impact of dropped tools and equipment, so it’s important to take preventative steps to eliminate the risk of injury.
Often, tools fall from heights due to poor risk assessment & planning, human error, poorly stored tools and fixtures & fittings on-site that have failed. Since tools are often dropped by accident, focus should be on preventing these incidents from happening at all.
Tool fall protection normally focuses on secondary protective measures, like safety nets and toe boards, but it’s rare that tool fall protection plans employ a primary system to prevent drops. These precautions are often taken after an accident or injury occurs.
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE DOES A DROPPED TOOL DO?
There are two main kinds of incidents when tools fall—These are direct impact and deflection. Direct impact injuries happen when the dropped object hits you directly on the head, and deflection happens when the tool bounces off another surface and strikes you.
Let’s imagine a scenario—You’re working at heights, 200-feet (or 6-metres) above ground on scaffolding. You stop to check something, when your foot nudges the tape measure and it slides out and falls to the ground. 200-feet below. Even though the tape measure only weighs about 1.5lbs, it hits with a force of 3,750lbs. To put that in perspective, a hippo’s average weight is 3,300-4000lbs.
This happened to a worker in New Jersey, who was delivering sheet metal to a work site when he was killed by a falling tape measure. Falling objects pose risk to the worker who drops it too, since the knee-jerk reaction is often to reach out and try to catch it which could cause you to slip and fall.
Fall protection protects you from falls, while tool fall protection is designed to save others. We’ve covered comfortable fall protection equipment on the blog before and that it’s important to remember a safety harness isn’t a one-size fits all solution. Tool fall protection is the same.
Many workers find tool fall protection distractive and obtrusive—This is why it’s important to select a drop prevention system that’s comfortable and reasonable for workers to use.
WHAT SHOULD MY PLAN INCLUDE?
Your fall prevention plan should consider and plan to account for:
- Tool size & fit
- Tool form & function
- Attachment points for each tool (great starting point for tool protection)
- Drop-tests with attachment points, before used on the worksite
3M FALL PROTECTION DEMO BAG | WHAT’S INSIDE?
3M SAFE BUCKET
The 3M safe bucket is your best friend for preventing dropped tools.
The 3M Safe Bucket (100lb Load Rated Drawstring Canvas) includes:
- Adjustable Radio Holster (1500089)
- Hard Hat Tether (1500178)
- Tool Lanyard, Coil Ether, 5lb. (2.3kg) capacity—Single-leg with self-locking carabiner with hooks at both ends. (1500063)
- Python Canvas pouch (1500119)
3M FALL PROTECTION DEMO BAG | BOOK YOUR DEMO NOW
What’s a Fall Protection Demo, you ask? Book a fall protection demo with your local Hercules SLR branch and a representative will:
- Share the features & benefits of the 3M Fall Protection Demo Bag Products
- Show you how to use the tool fall protection attachment points
- Discuss your unique PPE needs based on your employees and type of work