Using a three bag system for your gear organization provides an easy way to quickly identify a bag’s contents. This can be especially useful in a stressful emergency situation like a fallen worker. Being able to find your rescue kit in moments is critical.
Your black bag can be your backup lifeline kit. This holds your backup lifeline which is generally a 3-Strand or kernmantle. Along with your rope grab like the ASAP from Petzl, and some anchorage. You may even need a termination plate depending on whether your rope has a factory eye.
The Yellow bag can hold your controlled descent kit. This kit is made up of a kernmantle rope, generally a 7/16th inch diameter, and a descent device. We recommend the WestFall Pro D4 or the Petzl I’D. Again, you’ll probably need some anchorage straps, hardware, and other rope accessories.
Finally, your rescue kit in the orange bag. This should come out of the truck first when you arrive on a job site. It lives at the base of the tower while you’re working. While you can piece together your rescue kit, we have premade kits built with everything you need to successfully perform a rescue.
The first difference you'll notice between digital and analog two-way radios is the clarity. Digital walkie-talkies are much clearer than analog radios. Kenwood Digital Radios have built-in error correction which eliminates random chatter, static interference, background noise, and distorted voices.
Digital radios also give you about a 20% increase in coverage. The stronger digital signal does well pushing through walls and concrete, making them great for indoor, industrial use.
As far as privacy goes, digital radios have increased performance due to the methods of transmittance. While analog radios have significant privacy methods in place, digital has the edge here.
If you already have a fleet of analog radios, there's no reason to replace them. Most digital radios, like these from Kenwood, have two bands. While you're still using the analog radios, you can set a band on the digital set to communicate to both. Once the analog radios are phased out, swap over to the digital band.
On the warranty front, Kenwood's digital radio warranty is 3 years. Longer than the standard radio warranty across the board.
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Capital Safety/3M, makers of the DBI Sala line of fall protection, has announced a mandatory safety recall for all Lad-Saf Cable Grabs which predate the X2 model. Additional details, along with alternative products and recall instructions are below. Click here for the PDF.
PRODUCT STOP USE AND RECALL / REPLACEMENT NOTICE IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED DBI-SALA Lad-Saf™ Sleeve
Dear 3M Customer: After more than 30 years of use in the fall protection industry, the original Lad-Saf™ sleeve has been replaced by a completely redesigned next generation Lad-Saf sleeve.
Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the United States while using the sleeve. Although our review did not reveal product hazard or risk scenarios that would arise in the ordinary and proper use of the product, it did reveal potential misuse scenarios that could result in serious injury or death. The potential misuse scenarios include interference with the braking mechanism (such as entanglement with cords, lanyards, clothing or other materials, or grasping the sleeve prior to or during a fall), or result from the user attaching the sleeve upside down (user inversion). No safety regulator has made a finding that the design of the original Lad-Saf sleeve is defective.
At 3M, customer safety and confidence are high priorities. In light of the reported incidents and potential misuse scenarios, we have discontinued sale of the original Lad-Saf sleeve, and are voluntarily initiating a full recall of all original Lad-Saf sleeves. Owners / Users of original Lad-Saf sleeves must:
1. Immediately stop using and quarantine all original Lad-Saf sleeves. Affected part numbers are: 6100016, 6116500, 6116501, 6116502, 6116503, 6116504, 6116505, 6116506, 6116507, 6116509, 6116512, 6116535, 6116540, 6116541, 6116542, 6116500C, 6116500SM, 6116507/A, 6116540b
2. Contact 3M Customer Services at 1-800-328-6146 (ext. 2012), or email us at LADSAFNA@mmm.com to discuss the replacement of your returned units with an X2 or X3 sleeve, depending on your needs, at no cost to you.
3M remains committed to providing quality products and services to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience that this situation may cause you, but we are confident that you will be very pleased with the latest generation X2 and X3 Lad-Saf sleeves to keep your workers safe at height. We appreciate your continued support of 3M Fall Protection products and services.
3M Fall Protection - August 30, 2016
Most cutters come with standard geometry, designed to cut through a single piece of steel.
They cut quickly, and produce a clean hole. The slug that’s ejected looks similar to a top hat, with a small lip on the bottom edge. But, if you’re cutting through multiple pieces of steel, standard geometry isn’t for you. You’re looking for Stack-Cut geometry.
Let’s look at the differences. Standard geometry cuts from the outside to inside. You can see how the teeth of this cutter slope inward. On stack-cut geometry, the teeth cut inside out. This produces a perfectly round cylinder without that lip.
If you used a standard cutter on multiple pieces, you’d have to stop between pieces of metal and try to fish out that slug before continuing. Or risk breaking your tool. Hougen has a complete series of both basic standard geometry bits, as well as stack-cut versions. Now you know the difference and can choose what’s right for your job.
We have a great demo of the Hougen 904 MagDrill, done by Jim Kaiser of Hougen Manufacturing. Click right there to see the drill in action. Then head over to GME supply, where we have a full selection of Mag Drills, cutters, and accessories.
This entry was posted in on August 20, 2016 by admin.
WestFall Pro builds its products to meet and exceed the most stringent of industry standards. And the gear is designed by the people that use it, so it’s not over engineered or needlessly complicated.
Take the Ascend Tower Harness for instance. You can get it in either Steel or Aluminum hardware, both are great. Obviously the aluminum will save some weight with the lighter hardware. The harness is basically designed around the seat. They use a wide, comfortable aluminum seat with plenty of padding for working all day in suspension. Plus, they threw on extra utility attachment loops on the seat, and around the belt to hold your tools while you’re not using them.
Next, the Weld-Lok reinforced capstan hoist truck mount. It’s designed to be used with the 1,000 pound capstan hoist. Unlike others on the market, it uses Weld-Lok technology to make it extra sturdy. The individual pieces actually are interlocked to keep things strong. Plus, it’s engineered and manufactured in the U.S. Can you say quality?
New from WestFall Pro is their Load Rated carabiner. This thing is one of the strongest on the market. It’s rated to 2000 pounds for lifting and rigging. The WLL is stamped right on the carabiner. Plus, you can easily differentiate it from your fall protection hardware because the gate is painted bright yellow.
Finally, their load rope. This pairs great with the load rated carabiner. The WestFall double braid load rope has a tighter braid than others on the market. This provides better abrasion resistance and prevents snags when running through blocks, on the capstan, or against a tower. There’s also a high contrast tracer throughout the rope, which helps show how fast, and in what direction your rope is moving.
Most often in the tower industry, there are anchorage points in convenient places. When you’re on a tower, you have steel surrounding you that your rebar hooks easily attach to. But occasionally you might find yourself with no overhead anchorage available. When this happens, you’ll need specially designed equipment for foot level tie-off. This is also known as 12 foot free fall or extended free fall.
Normally in a personal fall arrest setup, the anchorage is above you. The maximum distance that you can legally travel before your lanyard arrests your fall is 6 feet. Because of this short distance the lanyard doesn’t have a hard time reducing the arresting forces to an acceptable level. It still won’t be comfortable; you’re going to experience upwards of 800-900 pounds of force on your body. But that’s much better than the potentially fatal force that you would feel without a shock absorbing lanyard.
During a foot level tie-off scenario, your anchorage is, obviously, below your dorsal D-ring. This means that if you fall you’re going to travel up to 12 feet before the lanyard even begins to stop you. In terms of speed, you’ll fall 6 feet in 0.61 seconds. And a 12 foot fall only takes 0.25 seconds longer, so you’re obviously travelling much faster.
A standard shock absorbing lanyard is not designed to safely stop you while travelling at that rate. If and it’s a big IF, it even stops you at all, you’ll be subjected to more force that is legally allowed. Luckily, fall protection companies like DBI Sala, FallTech, Skylotec, and WestFall Pro have specially designed equipment to make sure you’re safe in foot lev el tie-off situations.
An important thing to keep in mind when tying off at foot level is fall clearance. Fall clearance is the distance below your anchorage that you’ll be able to safely fall without hitting the surface or structure below you. What good is fall protection if you’re going to splat into the floor or an I-beam before your gear can stop you? In 12 foot free fall, you’ll fall 6 feet before your lanyard starts to catch you. Add the length of the lanyard, which is 6 feet. Then allow 60 inches, or 5 feet for your lanyard to expand, also known as arresting distance. Also, your overall height, let’s say another 6 feet. So far we’re at 23 feet of fall clearance. Finally you always need a safety factor; we’ll call it 1.5 feet. So for this scenario, you would need almost 25 feet before the nearest obstruction to safely work.
What a way to end the year. Kenwood has announced new rebates on nearly ALL of their ProTalk Radios. With the purchase of 6 radios, you can get $20-$35 back per radio. Plus, they’re throwing in a multi-charger.
We’ve gone over their great features, durability, and versatility before. And below we go over how to disable a feature that might be a bit pesky depending on your situation. But for now, let’s look at the rebates. You can also click here to see the form and the instructions on how to claim your cash.
The three most popular radios, the TK-3400U4P, the TK-3230, and the PKT-23 are all on the list. Get $25 back on the 3400U4P. Choose either the 4 channel or 16 channel model. Also, both the PKT-23 and the TK-3230 have $20 rebates. This is essentially like getting 1 radio for free! Can’t beat that. Oh, and don’t forget about the FREE six unit charger… The rebates are live now, and run through December 31st. Don’t miss out on these deals!
Now about those features. In the video below, we go over how to disable the Superlock setting Kenwood's TK Series of two-way radios. Watch the video to see this feature.
Now, these radios are some of the most popular, and we know our customers rely on them everyday. We carry enough to outfit your entire crew, and can get them to you in a jiffy.
These slings come in a variety of lengths, and can be used like traditional runners. We find that every crew likes to have a good selection in their work truck, because of their versatility. The different colors help to differentiate different sizes.
Sterling uses a special stitching design to sew the ends, which provides a very high MBS. In a straight pull, these suckers are rated to 23 kN. In a basket, they’re even stronger. Sterling also has 10 mm slings that are just as strong.
With a monstrous 80 kN MBS, this thing is a must for lifting and rigging. It combines all the things that people love about the Omni-Block family – machined aluminum construction, efficient ball-bearing sheave, and super-smooth swivel – with enough strength to handle what a capstan can throw at it. Learn more about it in our latest video:
Get it into your lifting and rigging arsenal, and make work easier. Consider swapping it out for your standard hand line block in capstan kits. Put it in your rescue kits for a versatile, super-efficient solution.
There are of course an entire line of Omni-Blocks. We’ve covered them before in otherblog posts. They range in size from 1.1” all the way up to the 2.6” sheave of the P55. They can also be had in single or double sheave designs. Some even have a becket at the bottom to be incorporated into haul systems. Others come in a blackout design, which is useful for stage rigging or tv and movie production.
They all have super-efficient ball-bearing designs, and look as great as they function. See all the other Omni-Blocks, as well as everything else from Rock Exotica here.