Lineman safety: Retractable hardhat lanyard from Gear Keeper


VENTURA, CA—Utility safety: In the event of a fall, a fall-arrest harness will protect the worker, but as his hardhat continues the descent, a fall-arrest harness won’t protect the work site.  Designed for use with all fall-protection harness systems, the retractable RT5-5601 Hardhat Lanyard System is the missing safety link.

Dropped from aloft, a hardhat is a one-pound unguided missile that endangers the entire worksite. It’s an accident that can be virtually eliminated with Hammerhead Industries’ innovative Gear Keeper RT5-5601 Hardhat Lanyard Retention System.

The new hardhat lanyard is load tested to safely tether all commonly used industrial hardhats. The RT5-5601 is easily attached with Velcro strap loops and cinches around the fall protection harness strap, ring or tri-bar. It is designed to keep the lanyard close to the body to avoid discomfort and entanglement.

The new lanyard uses a sturdy, industrial-grade spectra/nylon line that extends up to 14-inches. For additional safety, the Gear Keeper Hardhat Lanyard model RT5601 features a gentle 2.5 oz. retraction force that takes up any unused slack.  And, when it’s time to break for lunch, the Gear Keeper hardhat lanyard allows the worker to take off his hardhat and drape it over his shoulder for safekeeping.

With the new Gear Keeper Hardhat Lanyard, securing a hardhat is quick and easy thanks to the unit’s convenient snap clip mount.  The retractable lanyard’s stainless steel spring, hardware and high-impact case allow it to stand up to daily rigorous use of workers on the job. And, when workers are ready to call it a day, Gear Keeper’s patented Quick Connect System allows the hardhat to be easily disconnected without completely removing the lanyard¹s base.

“All Gear Keeper lanyard and tether ratings are load tested with up to a 100% safety margin, beyond the break point, to safely handle the shock load,” said John Salentine, VP of Hammerhead Industries. “Gear tethering is a site safety issue and safety starts with the proper mating of the tool, tether and application to ensure continued productivity and safety in the work environment.”

For more information about Gear Keeper or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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