Unsafe At Any Height.

At 30 Stories High, Maintaining Wind Turbines With Untethered Tools Can Be Costly and Dangerous.

Ventura, Calif. - The mechanical stress on wind turbines is greater than virtually any other form of power generation. As a result, wind turbines require a high degree of maintenance, many times at heights exceeding 300 feet. A dropped torque wrench from a tower becomes a weapon that can cause injury, damage and lost work time.

Finding the appropriate tethers for the unique and expensive tools required for wind generation maintenance is no longer a problem. Wind turbine tools such as torque wrenches, tensioners and other tools can be coupled with the correct Gear Keeperc retractable tether or stretchable, energy-absorbing tool tether lanyard. Gear Keeper tethers are precision-made attachment systems for tools and instruments weighing up to 30 pounds. With more than 3,000 different tethering configurations, the system can be utilized for virtually any wind generation tool or application.

"Gear Keeper's instrument and tool tethering systems are inexpensive insurance against the damage and injury caused by objects dropped from above," says John Salentine, Vice President and co-founder of Hammerhead Industries. "Not only that, employees will appreciate that their tools and instruments are conveniently at hand when they need them and out of the way when they don't."

Because there are so many ways to configure a Gear Keeper system, industrial or corporate safety engineers can easily find an off-the-shelf tether to fit their need. For more specialized applications, Hammerhead can create custom systems. Safety engineers are also often charged with ensuring adherence to OSHA Regulation 1926.759(a), which requires "that all materials, equipment and tools, which are not in use while aloft, must be secured against accidental displacement." Gear Keeper systems enable compliance with this important and mandatory safety regulation.

Gear Keeper tool and instrument tethers are built for heavy-duty industrial use with maximum breakage strength and durability. Designed to survive extended salt water and chlorine exposure, Gear Keeper retractable tethers are virtually jam-free with a patented flushing system that self clears debris from the retractor mechanism. Long lasting and tough, with more than one million systems in use, Gear Keeper systems have a failure rate of less than .001 percent.
"The Gear Keeper devices are extremely flexible and can be configured for a wide variety of uses," says Salentine. "For example, the belt clip system provides a secure mount that allows the Gear Keeper to rotate a full 360 degrees, while the shoulder strap system offers a comfortable solution when used with our innovative Gear Slide feature that allows the tool to move on the strap without the strap moving on your body. This is a great option for heavy use applications."
The full line of Gear Keeper instrument tethers and accessories are available on the company's website at www.gearkeeper.com.