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  • Cold Stress 101

    It seems like just yesterday we were focusing on heat and how to work in it. But, with winter in full swing, it’s time to talk about the cold. This week our Gear Experts® are going to discuss cold stress and how you can combat it while on the job site.

    Cold Stress


     

    Cold stress isn’t something that people typically talk about. While heat stress is mentioned often and everyone at least knows a little bit about it cold stress doesn’t get nearly as much coverage. But its effects can be just as damaging to your body. So, what is cold stress? Cold stress occurs when your body can no longer maintain its normal temperature. When your skin temperature drops low enough it can begin to lower your internal body temperature.

    To maintain your vital organs, the body reroutes blood away from your external extremities in an effort to keep your core temperature up. This blood flow change can cause serious complications or even death. When gauging whether or not cold stress is a threat keep these 3 things in mind:

    Dampness & Windchill

    → Pre-existing health conditions and poor physical conditioning

    → Improper attire

    Cold Stress Injuries & Illness


     

    Cold stress, like heat stress, can cause serious illness. Common injuries and illnesses of cold stress include:

    → Hypothermia: A dangerously low body temperature that can result in gangrene or death.

    → Frostbite: The freezing of body tissue (usually skin) that results when the body redirects blood flow away from the outer extremities.

    → Trench Foot: A foot condition caused by overexposure to cold water or mud. Causes the surface tissue of the foot to die and turn black.

    Staying Warm


     

    While the threat of cold stress is serious, the solution to prevent it is simple: dress properly. Dressing for cold weather is the most important and effective precaution you can take to reduce the chances of cold stress. Here are some of our favorite options when it comes to protecting yourself from the cold:

    Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket


     

    The Ergodyne 6466 N-Ferno Thermal Jacket is your first line of defense against winter weather. Let’s break down what makes this jacket so effective. On the outside, it features a 500D Nylon body with 1600D Nylon reinforced zones in the upper arm and shoulder section to protect from wear and tear. It also features a waterproof coating to prevent liquid from making contact with your skin (remember that dampness can lead to cold stress). The inside is made of 3M Thinsulate insulation which provides top-notch warmth with a quilted layer for comfort.

    This jacket isn’t short of storage either. Whether you are carrying hand warmers or something like a two way radio this jacket can handle it. It features two exterior pockets on the front and back and it has an interior device pocket. The YK zippers and spandex cuffs on the arms help seal out the cold and keep you nice and warm.

    Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket


     

    The Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket comes in a variety of colors and styles. It is also available in a “kit” version that includes a battery and charger. This jacket combines toughness and technology to redefine layering on the job site. The key feature of this jacket is the carbon fiber heating element that creates and distributes heat across the chest and back. The jacket is powered by an M12 Red Lithium Battery that provides 8 hours of runtime. It also features a one-touch LED controller that allows you to choose from 3 heat settings per zone. The three zones are chest, back, and front hand pocket (the chest and back zone can be adjusted independently from the front hand pocket zone).

    Now, let’s talk about toughness. This jacket is made out of 900D ripstop polyester with nine riveted reinforced pockets (including battery pocket). It features integrated knit cuffs, an exterior storm flap, and a drop tail extended back for maximum comfort and coverage. And, most importantly, it’s washer and dryer safe so you can get it dirty and throw it in the laundry without having to worry about a thing.

    Cold stress is no joke, but it’s pretty simple to prevent. If you need help finding the perfect winter solution for you and/or your crew or you just have questions about cold stress – click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    Click here to see our full selection of winter gear

    Click here to see our full selection of Ergodyne gear

    Click here to see our full selection of Milwaukee gear

    Cold Stress 101: The Video


     

     

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  • Carabiner Gates 101

    There are few, if any, items in your gear bag that are as versatile as a carabiner. Carabiners come in all shapes, sizes, and strengths and making sure that the carabiner you use is up to the task is an important part of your safety. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to give you the low down on carabiner gates.

    Gate Ratings


     

    A carabiner gate is the portion of the carabiner that can open to allow the carabiner to attach to the item you want to attach it to. The gate will have a specific rating that states how many pounds of force can be applied on the gate before it is damaged. This rating is separate from the load rating of the carabiner and will be stamped directly on the gate. Typically, it will be in one of 3 formats: 3,600 lbs., 16kN, or 3.6m. If you do not see this stamp on your carabiner there’s a good chance you’re not in compliance and you should not continue to work with that gear.

    Hiking Through the Woods


     

    We’ve all see those carabiners that hold your keys or are used to connect your canteen to your hiking backpack. Imagine that you are on a hike and you have your canteen connected to your backpack with one of those carabiners. As you climb the motion of the backpack moving slowly wiggles the gate of the carabiner open and your canteen falls to the forest floor. You’re focused on getting to your campsite and you bought an ultra-lightweight canteen, so you don’t notice that it falls off – that is, until you go to get a nice refreshing drink of water. If only you had used a carabiner with a gate mechanism. Then your canteen wouldn’t have been able to be opened by accident and you wouldn’t have lost your favorite canteen.

    Carabiner Gate Mechanisms


     

    The purpose of carabiner gate mechanisms is to prevent the accidental opening of the carabiner while it is in use. Losing your canteen while hiking is bad but having your carabiner come detached from an anchorage point while you are 100 feet up on a tower is worse. Carabiner gates come in a few different varieties (screw-lock, twist-lock, and auto-lock). For tower climbing, the most common is the twist lock, but some other work may require another variety of gate function.

    Screw-Lock

    The screw-lock operates by unscrewing the sleeve down the gate to open. This gate will not auto-lock as the sleeve has to be manually tightened after the gate snaps shut.

    Twist-Lock

    The twist-lock is a double action gate that quickly opens with a simple twist and pull movement.

    Auto-Lock

    This is a three-stage design as it requires 3 different motions to open. First you pull the sleeve down, then twist, then pull back to open. Some auto-lock carabiners only twist in one direction, while others can twist left or right.

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    Carabiners: Playlist


     

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  • Product Spotlight: Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System

    In a perfect world, we would never have to talk about emergency situations. But, sometimes accidents happen and here a GME Supply we take pride in helping keep you safe on the job – and better informed about what gear can help when you need it the most. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover the Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System.

    What’s Included


     

    An emergency system isn’t very useful if it doesn’t have the gear needed to handle the situation in a safe and effective manner. So, let’s go over what is included in the Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System.

    Descent Device

    This system features the Sterling Rope PDQ Control Descent Device. The PDQ Device is made from lightweight high strength aluminum and has an asymmetric cam, features hands-free lock-off, and an anti-panic feature. It weighs only 6.8 ounces and has an MBS of 13.3 kN.

    Rope

    Depending on the needs of your system you can get two different lengths of rope – 100 mm (328 ft) or 120 mm (394 ft). The rope is 6 mm XTEC Technora heat resistant high strength rope. It features a Technora sheath and the core offers maximum cut and abrasion resistance.

    Carabiners

    There are 2 ASD carabiners included in the system. They are auto-locking D-Shaped aluminum carabiners with a threaded captive eye pin and 3,600 lb gate.

    Bag

    The bag completes the system and provides an easy way to take the system up and down a tower. It is a weatherproof bag that also provides storage protection. The low profile roll top bag includes a shoulder strap for ease of transportation and has a 22-liter capacity.

    Features


     

    The Sterling Rope PDQ Escape System is lightweight and strong, making it ideal for tower, wind turbine, and other at-height applications. It is heat resistant to over 900°F, is rated up to 310 lbs., and meets ANSI Z359.4. The kit comes fully assembled and ready for fast deployment and it weighs under 10 lbs. – 8.85 lbs. to be exact.

    Mechanical Advantage


     

    If you’re looking to gain some mechanical advantage with the PDQ system you can easily pair it with the Sterling Rope PDQ Raise and Rescue Kit. The micro pulleys and anchor slings in this kit help to convert the PDQ Tower Descent kit to a mechanical advantage system for raising a fallen worker and transferring them to a lowering system.

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    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System: The Video


     

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  • The Perfect Tower Climbing Radio

    Communication on any job site is key. That’s where radios come in. They are compact and make communicating over large distances (especially when you’re up 150 feet on a tower) much easier and more efficient. But not all radios are created equal. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the perfect tower climbing radio.

    TK-3400U16PS


     

    The Kenwood TK-3400U16PS is the perfect tower climbing radio. The reason is actually pretty simple – the shorter antenna. Our Gear Experts® teamed up with the folks at Kenwood to custom design this radio specifically for the telecom market, although it’s perfect for any at-height work.

    *The TK-3400U16PS is the 16-channel upgraded version of the TK-3400U4P.

    Making Life At-Height Easier


     

    We found that the longer the antenna was on the radio the more likely it was to get in your way while you were climbing up and down the tower or working at height. Because of that, we decided to make a radio that had a much shorter antenna.

    Don’t worry! Just because the antenna is smaller doesn’t mean you will lose any reception. This antenna works just as well as any of the radios in Kenwood’s lineup.

    Completing Your Setup


     

    So, now you’ve got the perfect radio – but we’ve got a few more tips to make it the perfect setup. We recommend having a holster like the T-Reign ProHolster Retractable Harness Holster or the Kenwood KLH-187 Nylon Carrying Case. A holster will allow you to clip your radio to your harness so you don’t have to try and dig it out of your bolt bag in order to use it. The last piece of equipment we recommend is the Kenwood KMC-21 Speaker Mic. The speaker mic allows you to communicate with just one hand and not have to worry about taking your radio out of the holster or removing the holster from your harness.

    To find out more about some of our favorite two way radio accessories check out this blog post.

    Rebates!


     

    Kenwood frequently runs rebates. Be sure to check our Kenwood page for a full selection of Kenwood radios and any current promotions going on.

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    Kenwood: The Videos


     

    Over the years we have done quite a few Kenwood videos covering everything from accessories and comparisons to how to lock your radio.

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  • Mounting a Capstan Hoist to a Pole, Tower, or Beam with the Chain Bracket

    Capstan hoists revolutionized the art of lifting and rigging. What used to have to be done by hand or with complicated rigs that utilized truck power can now be done with a lightweight single unit piece. The capacity of the capstan depends on the model that you get and depending on the capacity, the way that you secure the hoist may be different. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to mount a capstan to a pole, tower, or beam with the chain bracket.

    Chain Bracket vs. Swivel Mount vs. Straight Mount


     

    Before we go over how to mount a capstan with the chain bracket it’s important to outline the other options, when each is appropriate, and why you would use the chain bracket. The three main mounting options are a chain bracket, swivel mount, and straight mount. The straight mount and swivel mount bracket fit onto the hitch of a truck, while the chain bracket is attached to a pole, tower, or beam.

    The straight mount bracket can be used when you have easy straight access to your rigging location. The downside? It doesn’t have the ability to change direction without moving the vehicle it is attached to. If you think moving direction might be something you’ll need to do while on the job site, then the swivel bracket may be better suited for your rig setup.

    The chain bracket is similar to the straight mount bracket due to flexibility being limited. However, the chain bracket can handle more weight. In fact, the chain mount bracket is the ONLY bracket that can be used in combination with the 3,000 lb Capstan Hoist.

    Pole Mounting


     

    Mounting the hoist on a pole is a simple process that can be done in just a few minutes. Before beginning to mount the hoist the first step is to open the binder as far as possible by turning the handle counter-clockwise. The bolts in the chain tubes should be removed to allow the tubes to pivot.

    Next, place the chain over the top of the drum of the capstan and hold the hoist against the pole. It is recommended that you hold the capstan against the pole with your leg so that you have both hands free for the next steps. Next, Wrap the chain around the pole and hook them into the slots on the bracket. The final step is to turn the binders clockwise to tighten the connection of the hoist to the pole.

    ** Please note that after a heavy initial load you may need to re-tighten the binders.

    Tower/Beam Mounting

     


     

    The majority of steps for tower/beam mounting of the hoist are the same as pole mounting. However, there is one main difference. That difference is making sure that the two bolts located at the wheel tightener end of the chain binders have been secured in place through both the binders and the bracket. If secured correctly a 90° angle should be created between the chain binders and the bracket. This 90° angle allows the hoist to be mounted to square surfaces like those found on a tower/beam. After the angle has been created the remaining steps in the pole mounting section can be followed.

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    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Pole Mounting: The Video


    Looking to see an example of the proper way to use the chain mount for a pole? Check out this video for a complete breakdown.

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  • Rope Bag Buying Guide

    Rope, it’s something that every at-height worker needs on a job site, but it’s not always the easiest part of your gear to transport. Imagine getting to your location – ready to get the day started – and having to spend an hour untangling your rope, just to find out that it accidentally got cut in your trailer while being transported. Not only did you waste an hour of your morning, but now you have to take that rope out of service because it is no longer safe to use. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover rope bags and things to look at when you’re on the hunt for one.

    Rope Bags


     

    Rope bags are pretty self-explanatory. They are bags designed to hold and transport rope (we were shocked when we first found out too…). While all rope bags have the same purpose, to store and transport rope, there are a few things to consider when looking at rope bags.

    What to Look for in a Rope Bag


     

    When you first look at the selection of diverse rope bags that are available it can be overwhelming. But, if you break down all of the different features, and what will suit your rope and your unique application it can be pretty simple. Some things to consider are color, size, document pockets, additional storage compartments, applications, and straps.

    Color

    Color is more of an organizational benefit than anything. Having ropes of different types (Kernmantle, Double Braid, or 3-Strand) or ropes for specific applications in different colored bags can help keep you organized and streamline the process of grabbing the specific rope you need when you need it.

    Size

    Ropes come in a range of sizes – and that means that rope bags do, too. Going through dozens of rope bags individually to try and find the size you need can take a lot of time. That’s why we made this handy chart.

    Document Pockets

    Document pockets make staying safe and compliant easy, they also allow for quick labeling. Many rope bags feature document pockets where you can store your rope inspection forms, labels to help keep your gear organized and any other pertinent information about your rope. We cover rope inspection in this blog post.

    Additional Storage

    Some rope bags simply store rope, but sometimes you need more out of your bag. If you want the ability to store additional gear, like carabiners, you’ll want additional pockets in your bag.

    Applications

    Most rope bags will work for all of your applications, but there are some situations where specialty or unique bags may serve a better purpose. For example, if you are going to be around a lot of water – having a waterproof bag can prevent your rope from getting damaged. If you don’t typically work around water, then a bag that has small holes in the bottom (gusseted) to allow the rope to breathe will be sufficient. One important aspect of rope care is washing your rope – if you want to use a washing machine you’ll need to put your rope in a laundry bag.

    Straps

    The last thing on our list of considerations when picking a rope bag is what type of straps it has. The rope bag is great for storing and protecting a rope, but it still has to be carried around the job site. Having comfortable straps is always something to keep in mind, as well as if it has one strap or a setup more like backpack straps.

    If you need more information about choosing the right rope bag or would like help picking the bag best for you, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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  • Eye Protection: The ANSI Z87.1 Standard

    Your eyes – some refer to them as windows to the soul. Others simply use them to see. Either way, it’s hard to argue that your eyesight isn’t important. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover eye protection and what makes safety glasses…safe.

    Standards


     

    Anyone can claim that their safety glasses are safe – that’s why standards have been put in place. Specifically, the ANSI Z87.1 Standard for eye protection. The Z87.1 Standard outlines what requirements safety glasses must meet as well as how they should be tested. This ANSI Standard covers a range of different topics including:

    → Minimum thickness for lenses

    → Markings

    → Spectacles vs. Goggles

    While each of these are important we are going to be focusing on impact resistance for the remainder of this blog post.

    Testing


     

    The ANSI Z87.1 Standard has four different qualifying tests.

    Test 1

    The lowest level test is done by dropping a 1-inch steel ball on the lens from about 50 inches. This is like getting hit in the eye with a golf ball being thrown from a few feet away. If a pair of safety glasses pass the first test they meet the Z87.1 Standard, meaning they are good protection, but not great. This test does not qualify the glasses for use where there may be a hazard of an impact.

    Z87+

    For work where there is, or may be, impact hazards your safety glasses must be stamped with a Z87+ marking. The Z87+ marking symbolizes that the glasses are Z87.1 compliant and pass the remaining 3 tests.

    Test 2

    The first test to qualify for the Z87+ qualification is having a 0.25-inch steel ball fired at 6 specific spots on the lens at 150 feet per second. This is like being shot in the eye with a BB gun. Basically, if your glasses have passed this test you won’t shoot your eye out.

     

    Test 3

    The next test is a high mass impact test. It is performed by taking a 17.6-ounce steel missile – weighing just over 1 pound (500 grams) – and dropping it from 50-inches. This can be compared to getting hit in the eye with the end of a shovel or the head of a hammer.

    Test 4

    The final test is a puncture test. This test is performed by dropping a sharp needle – weighing 1.56 ounces – on the lens from 50 inches. This is like getting hit in the eye with a dart.

    Results

    If during all these tests, no part of the eyewear breaks and no fragments come detached from the frame it will earn the Z87+ badge.

    Military Grade


     

    If you need added protection you can move to the next step up with safety glasses, like the Odin Skullerz from Ergodyne, that also meet military ballistic standards. The MIL-PRF 32432 standard means that the eye protection has also passed the ballistic fragmentation test. To pass this test the eyewear must be able to withstand a .15 caliber round fired at 640 feet per second – that’s roughly 440 miles per hour.

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  • Quick Ship: Get What You Need When and Where You Need It

    Whether you are working on a tower, wind turbine, solar panels, or in a tree, the gear you need to get the job done and stay safe is important. Having the gear you need when and where you need it is the difference between a job being done on time and pushing your entire schedule back days or even weeks. Here at GME Supply we know that time is money and getting your equipment on time is a priority. That’s why our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our commitment to shipping.

    Why is Shipping Important?


     

    We know that a new job can come up at the drop of the hat. While you may have most of the equipment you need to complete that job, there may be specialty equipment that you need to order and have ready on the job site within a few days. For example, if you just accepted a job where you are going to need a selection of tower consumables from Izzy Industries like zip ties, compression lugs, coax block hardware kits, stainless steel hose clamps, coax support blocks, and heat shrink sealers – you probably don’t have all of that just laying around. So, you need to order it, and have it delivered to your hotel – and fast! If not, it could cause delays that lead to lost profits or worse.

    Introducing Quick Ship!


     

    In mid-2018 we introduced a new feature called Quick Ship. Quick Ship products are represented by this logo and can be seen on any product that qualifies for our Quick Ship program. Our Quick Ship feature is a revolutionary program that allows you to know which items are available to be shipped out from one of our warehouses same day as long as the order is placed by 7 pm EST. The Gear Experts® here at GME Supply work hard every day to make sure that our most popular and commonly used items are in stock and ready to ship with Quick Ship as soon as you make an order.

     

    What You Need. When and Where You Need it.


     

    Quick ship isn’t our only shipping feature or perk, either. We’ve got a whole range of shipping options and services to ensure that you have the equipment you need, when and where you need it. Be sure to check out our shipping policy to learn what products qualify for free shipping. Beyond that many of our items have multiple shipping options like next-day air, Saturday delivery, and more. For a complete list of available shipping options simply go to your cart and enter your shipping location.

    Here to Help!


     

    We don’t take the title of Gear Experts® lightly. It is our promise that we will give you professional, courteous, and prompt service and that your order will be shipped in a timely manner, error-free, every time. We do not process orders during the weekend, so be sure to factor that in when selecting your shipping method.

    If you have questions about shipping and shipping times, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    And, to learn more about our selection of tower consumables from Izzy Lugs and Izzy Industries, be sure to check out this video ↓

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  • 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner Care & Inspection

    Over the past few months, we have talked a lot about the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner. We outlined what the aligner is and how it works here and a broke down each accessory and how it works here. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to care for the antenna aligner and what steps you need to take to make sure that your aligner stays accurate.

    Tough as Nails


     

    As we mentioned in our 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool Buying Guide this tool is built to last. It features an all-weather enclosure designed to withstand everything mother nature has to throw at it. The strengthened polycarbonate hard plastic and protective bumper make it pretty much impact resistant. Not to mention the body is heat resistant too. As a tower climber, you know that weather can be unforgiving – this rugged tool can handle it.

    Impact Resistant Display


     

    When you see touch screens, the first thing you think of is probably how easy it will break. 3Z knew that to ensure this tool could stand up to the tough job, the touch screen had to be tough. The display features chemically strengthened glass intended for rugged use. The chemical treatment makes the screen resistant to scratching, cracking, and breaking.

    Calibration


     

    While this device has a rugged design and is built to handle the toughest of situations, it is always a good idea to make sure that it is performing up to standards. Over the course of using the tool, the sensitivity can be affected which means that reading can slowly become less accurate. Every two years the RF Vision should be sent in for calibration. There are two different calibration options available: Standard and Premium.

    Standard Calibration

    Standard calibration includes a full internal calibration, firmware/software updates, tune-ups, cleaning, and a systems test.

    Premium Calibration

    The premium calibration includes everything listed in the standard calibration plus a full body replacement with sealants.

    For more information on how to get your 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner calibrated contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    The Importance of Antenna Alignment: The Video


     

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  • Must-Haves: Tower Climber Edition

    As a tower climber there is a ton of different gear to choose from and sometimes weeding through everything can take way too much time. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the must-have gear you need to get the job done and stay safe.

    The Gear


     

    So, what are the essentials needed for tower climbers?

    Harness 

    Let’s start with the most obvious: a harness. Your harness is the focal point of all your gear, but which harness is the best? Well, that depends on some factors about what job you will be doing. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. You can click here to check out our Ultimate Fall Protection Harness Buying Guide for details on how to pick the right harness for you.

    Helmet

    The next intricate piece is a helmet. Protecting your dome is important and picking the right helmet ensures that your noggin will go uncracked. Picking the right helmet involves a little bit of knowledge about the job at hand. Check out our Safety Helmets 101 blog post where we take you through the what’s what when it comes to keeping your noodle safe. You can also download our free Safety Helmets 101 pdf from our Knowledge Base.

    Twin Leg Lanyard

    Once you’ve got your harness and helmet covered, it’s time to look at a shock absorbing lanyard. Twin leg lanyards are diverse. They come in a range of styles and lengths for a range of specific applications (like foot level tie off or tie-back) and with a ton of different connection point options.

    Cable Safety Sleeve (Cable Grab)

    Chances are, a tower you encounter will have a cable climb system which means you will need a way to securely connect your harness to that system. In fact, nearly every telecom tower in North America has a cable climb system of some sort. So, your gear list isn’t complete without a cable grab. While the basic function of cable grabs are pretty much the same – there are subtle differences in each.

    Pass-Through Sling (Pass-Through Web Anchor)

    Sometimes you will run into a situation where you need to make your own anchorage point. Having a pass-through anchor in your gear list will give you the ability to produce that anchorage point.

    Positioning Lanyard

    You’ve made it to your destination on the tower, but now you can’t quite work where you need to because the cable climb system isn’t in the right spot and you need both of your hands to work. That’s where a positioning lanyard comes in. Using your twin leg lanyard to move safely to your working location you can then position yourself and work handsfree with your positioning lanyard.

    Bolt Bag

    You’ve only got two hands (us too, unfortunately) which means that carrying nuts, bolts, and small tools up the tower while your climbing isn’t possible. That’s why a bolt bag is on our must-haves list.

    Carabiner

    At least one carabiner will make your life and the job so much easier. We recommend at least two typically, but one will get you by. Carabiners have a ton of different applications but using one to connect your bolt bag to your harness isn’t a bad idea. Find out more about carabiner gates with our free downloadable pdf from our knowledge base.

    Separator Bar (Spreader Bar)

    Sitting or leaning while positioned on the tower can place a lot of pressure on your waist and hips. It’s hard on your body and uncomfortable. Especially if you’re in that position for an extended amount of time. Using a separator spreader bar helps relieve that pressure and keep you feeling great.

    RF Monitor

    Not all dangers can be seen with the human eye and RF frequencies are one of them. Ensuring that you are not overexposed to RF waves is extremely important to your safety and the FieldSENSE 2.0 Personal RF Monitor has you covered. For more information on the FieldSENSE RF Monitor check out our blog post.

    Duffle Bag

    You’re loaded up with all the must-have gear for climbing the tower, but now you’ve got one little problem – you can’t carry it all. Did we mention having 2 hands isn’t enough already? A duffle bag fixes that problem. Fit all your gear neatly organized in one single, easy to transport duffle bag.

    All-In-One Solution


     

    We’ve covered a lot of information in this blog post – and sifting through all of the different options for each of the must-have pieces of gear takes time. Because we know that your time is precious our Gear Experts® have put together an Essential Tower Climbing Kit that includes all of the equipment we discussed in this blog post (except for the RF Monitor). It also includes a variety of upgradable options (like the RF Monitor).

    We have a variety of different kits assembled by our Gear Experts® for a range of different applications.

    Need help finding the perfect kit? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of tower climbing gear

    Click here to see our Essential Tower Climbing Kit

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

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