According to tool tether manufacturer Hammerhead Industries, objects falling from above was the fifth leading industrial accident in the U.S. last year, costing $5.6 billion in insurance claims.

With such a high risk to worker safety, the company has recently published a Tool Tethering Selection Guide to help professionals make the correct tethering choices for their crews. A quick-reference table of tool tethering do’s and don’ts is listed here. Find this article online for a link to the Selection Guide or snap the 2-D tag at right to view the guide on your smartphone.

—Lauren Hunter, associate editor, REMODELING.

Download a PDF of Hammerhead Industries’ Tool Tethering Selection Guide from this page.