New ANSI 121-Compliant Gear Keeper® retractable tape measure tethers can save a life.

New tape measure safety tethers provide ample extension for arms-length reach.

A few years ago, an un-tethered, 16-ounce tape measure falling from aloft fell on and killed a worker at a New Jersey construction site. This type of accident is now virtually avoidable with the new ANSI 121-Compliant, Gear Keeper Retractable Tape Measure Tether.  A potential lifesaver for this common worksite tool, the new Tape Measure Tethers offers effort-free extension and gentle retraction for safety and convenience.

            Two models are available with a choice of different personal attachment devices. The new Gear Keeper low-profile Retractable Tape Measure Tethers can be worn unobtrusively on a belt or hooked to a D-ring. The model RT4-5615 ($29.00) features a Stainless Steel, rotating Belt Clip Mount that permits a 360o range of motion. When clipped to a belt, workers can safely and easily access and extend the tape measure up to 45” without fear of accidentally dropping the tape measure.

            For those who prefer to clip their tape measure to a D-ring can choose the model RT4-5611 ($29.00) that features a Stainless Steel, locking carabiner mount and extends up to 48”. Both models are also available in 10 packs at $27.00 each. Contact Customer Service for more information. Both models come complete with a disconnectable shock-absorbing lanyard.

            The new Gear Keeper Tape Measure Tethers are suitable for most popular tape measures (up to 20 oz.) that have a lanyard loop attachment. Both models are ANSI 121 compliant with a locking gate/captive eye carabiner or interlocking belt clip. Sufficient for any measuring job, the low retraction force (6 oz.) is designed to eliminate arm strain. When extended, users won’t even know it is safely attached to them. While the tether prevents the tape measure from falling, the low-force retraction lets you gently guide the tape measure back to its secure position.

            For more information about the new Gear Keeper Retractable Tape Measure Tethers — or any of the company’s other innovative tethering products, the full line of Gear Keeper’s tool and instrument tethers, lanyards and accessories call (888) 588-9981. You may also visit


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