So what's a person to do? As the 6th century B.C. Chinese military stratigist Sun-tzu wrote in The Art of War: Keep your friends close, and your enimies closer. This is pretty easy: Buy some magnetic wrist bands and tool pouches to keep track of those metal bits that are so easy to drop or mis-place.
MGD Tools (www.MGDTools.com) makes a group of products called Magnogrip. Made from red and black Cordura with Velcro closures and super stron magnets, they are handy and comfortable to wear. They offer wist bands, nail pouches, and other handy items.
- Magnetic parts holders are NOT a substitute for lanyards. DO NOT rely on them at height to protect others below from dropped tools. Use buckets and pouches that are secure to hold hardware when working at height. Use buckets with webbing net slings - don't rely on the pail handle to stay secure in a plastic bucket's rim.
- Magnetic wrist bands can really mess-up credit cards and driver's licenses that have the magnetic data stripes on them. Keep them away from your wallet / purse. They can also mess with the data on Hard Disk Drives that are in MP3 players, computers and stand-alone data back-up drives.
- Magnetic wrist bands should NOT be worn when working near saw blades or anywhere that moving machinery might draw your hand / arm into the tool. These magnets can be more powerful than you might think!