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7 Jun 16


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Tool Inventory

Before climbing to new heights, it’s important for workers to pause and conduct a tool inventory. This critical process is used to document the tools used at heights and identify the trapping and tethering solutions associated with each tool.

There are two important pieces of info to know before a worker sets foot off the ground:

Tool Type:

  1. Primary: The Primary Tool Type refers to the overall shape, body type, and physical makeup of the tool. Knowing the tool’s type helps determine if a retrofit connection point is needed. Here are the types of tools you typically see on jobsites:
    • Captive Tools: Tools that have a natural, fully enclosed hole or handle built into the body of the tool.
    • Open-Ended Tools: Tools that have handles that are open-ended with no captive connection point built in.
    • Waisted//Necked Tools: Tools that have a prominent thinner “neck” or “waist” (mid-section) between two thicker sections.
    • Power Tools: Tools that require either corded or cordless power.
    • Instrumentation: Devices with specific interfaces used for lighting, measuring, testing, or communication.
    • Other Tools: Tools or equipment that do not fall into one of the above categories.
  2. Secondary Tool Type: This refers to additional characteristics of a tool to consider when choosing Objects at Heights (O@H) solutions. Examples include:
    • Rotating Tools: If use of the tool – such as a screwdriver or hand drill – requires it to fully rotate, select a solution with a swivel.
    • Multi-Component Tools: If the tool has multiple attachments or components, like a socket wrench or drill, you will need an O@H solution that can control all components at heights.
    • Sensitive Environment Tools: If tools need to be non-conductive, non-sparking, non-marring, or other specific composition, the O@H solutions will need to be compatible for those conditions too.

Tool Weight & Diameter: Know the weight of the tool before selecting an O@H solution and always match based on maximum capacity of solutions. Diameter is important to know in case a retrofit solution is needed. For Open-Ended and Waisted//Necked tools, measure the diameter of the area to which you would like to apply a connection.

As with many safety program elements, documentation is very important – tool inventory is no different. Document this information for future reference. As new tools are added to the workplace, or as tasks change, you can easily adjust the O@H solutions used. Download our tool inventory log … or get crazy and design your own!