October 2013

  1. Hand Protection

    Glove Stack

    You know… an inch thick steel glove would be great at protecting your hands from cuts, abrasions, chemicals and fire. Unfortunately you wouldn’t be too productive and your arms would probably get tired pretty quickly. That’s a heavy glove.

     

    Good hand protection keeps your hands safe, while providing mobility, dexterity and comfort. Obviously that steel glove provides exactly zero of those things. You’ll have to find something else. Lucky for you, there are a bunch of different types of gloves, and each has its own place and use. The main reason people wear gloves on the job is to protect against cuts, abrasions and punctures. Without hand protection, injuries can get expensive.

     

    Gloves are tested in a number of ways and given cut ratings. Both ANSI and the European Union have criteria to rate gloves. The EU, “EN388” symbol, which is stamped on many gloves, is a very easy way to see how the glove stacks up in regards to abrasion, cut, tear and puncture. It’s got a shield with 4 numbers underneath. Those numbers rate each category from 1-4, except cut which is rated 1-5. Remember the acronym ACTP, or ACT Professionally, to recall what each number stands for.

     

    EU ACTP Logo

    Leather gloves are the old reliable of work gloves, and for good reason. For a very long time, leather was a great material to protect against cuts. But if you think about it, all leather is, is just another layer of skin. It protects to an extent, but isn’t perfect. Thicker leather gloves do provide a bit more protection, but they can also be dangerous since you’ll probably lose dexterity.

     

    Luckily there are composite fibers that provide excellent cut resistance and produce thin, effective hand protection. Fibers like Kevlar, Dyneema and Spectra are excellent things to look for in hand protection.  Head over to our glove section and see our wide selection of hand protection. We’ve got anything from economy gloves up to high-end super awesome pairs that you might not even want to get dirty. They’re that great.

     

    And remember, there’s not one glove that will be perfect for every situation. You’ll have to determine what is going to work for your specific application. That’s where we come in. Give us a call or chat us online and we can find the perfect pair so you can Climb Higher ­– without abrasion. (Or cuts, tears or punctures.)

  2. Powerfully Warm

    Milwaukee Jacket

    Guys, winter is coming. And frigid wind gusts mixed with bone-chilling sleet and snow are not ideal conditions to be working in. If you have to be out in the elements during the winter, we have products that will make it more bearable.

     

    HEATED GEAR

     

    M12 Batteries

    Milwaukee Tools makes these killer heated hoodies and jackets that will keep you toasty no matter how brutal the weather gets. They’re powered by Milwaukee’s M12 REDLITHIUM system. These batteries are the same ones that you may already have in your tool box.

    They’ll keep the heat pumping through the jackets’ state-of-the-art carbon fiber heating elements for 6 hours straight. The jackets have two heating zones so you can control the front pockets independently of the core. The hoodies are available in grey, red and khaki or ANSI compliant high-vis lime. You can get the jackets in Red, Black, or RealTree Camo and ANSI high-vis.

     

    HIGH-VISIBILITY BOMBER JACKETS

    If you need an ANSI 107 Class 3 High-Vis jacket that’ll protect you from the weather, take a look at what PIP has to offer. The Premium Class 3 Bomber Jacket has a zip out fleece liner so you can wear it as a lighter jacket, or keep it bundled for extra warmth. The high-vis yellow shell is waterproof and has two-inch silver reflective tape.

     

    The folks at PIP also have a rip stop version that features a black bottom to help keep the jacket looking clean, even if your work takes you to some filthy places. Have a job that requires fall protection? Not a problem. It has an opening to allow a rear D ring to pop through the back of the jacket.

    Jacket Combo

    No matter how cold or wet it is, GME Supply has gear that’ll keep you comfortable and safe. See all of our warming section online for even more great products to keep you warm and toasty this winter. While you’re there, leave a quick review of a product and you’ll be entered to win over $200 worth of free gear. Climb higher and stay warmer with GME Supply!

  3. Save time. Save dough.

    Have you seen all of the different options for tower climbing gear? It can be overwhelming and time consuming to dig through page after page of websites trying to figure out what all is required, and which is the best for you. That’s where we come in.

     

    Climbing Kit

     

    We’ve put together tower climbing kits to hook you up with everything you need, quick and easy. Oh, and cheap. Buying gear as a part of our kits will save you some dough.

     

    A basic kit will have a 6 D-ring harness, shock absorbing twin leg lanyard, and a positioning lanyard of some sort. Obviously, you’ll need a few more pieces to be fully outfitted. A safety helmet, like the Kask Super Plasma would do the trick. You’ll also need some hand protection and a pair of specs to protect your eyes. These, among other things, can be added to basic kits to fill out your gear bag.

     

    We also offer complete kits that include literally everything you need to start working. A top of the line DBI Sala ExoFit NEX harness, pass-through slings, safety helmets, bolt bags, carabiners, hand protection, gear bags, ear plugs… if it’s on the list as a required item, it’s in our kits.

     

    Whether you’re looking to outfit an entire crew, or just needing to set yourself up, all of these kits can be customized to whatever specifications you need to Climb Higher. Want the essentials kit, but need a specialty helmet? Done. Need an extra bolt bag, or a different pair of safety glasses?  Let’s do it. Give us a call or visit us online and we’ll get you set up with the perfect version of any kit we offer.

  4. Protect Your Skull

    Kask Helmet

     

    Safety helmets­ – some call them hard hats – have been around for almost 100 years. Today’s helmets will protect your head much better than the leather or steamed canvas hats of the early 1900’s. The latest helmets on the market are lightweight, durable and comfortable. Early versions were very much not those things.

     

    Safety equipment that is comfortable to wear is really important. If workers feel the things they’re required to wear are uncomfortable, they could decide to wear them incorrectly or might not even wear them at all.

     

    If you’re in the tower climbing industry, you can use traditional construction hard hats, but they’re not ideal. They can be heavy, bulky, and restrictive. They also don’t usually have a chin strap. You don’t want to be at height and have your helmet slip off your head (and neither do the people on the ground)!

     

    Generally, helmets protect you from impact by using a suspension system which separates your skull from the helmet. That way, the shell can dent and absorb the blow. Another style uses a foam liner similar to a bike helmet. If the helmet gets hit, the foam liner deforms to absorb the impact. A deformed helmet can be replaced, a deformed head on the other hand… not so much.

     

    There are a couple basic kinds of safety helmets. ANSI Type I helmets protect against blows to the top of the head, and ANSI Type II helmets protect both the top and sides of the head. There should be a label on the shell of the helmet which shows which you have. You might also find something called a bump cap. These are not ANSI compliant, but they are great if you need to protect against scrapes and bumps.

     

    NFL Chiefs

    There are also different electrical classes of helmets. Class G is the general helmet. They’re intended to reduce the danger of exposure to low voltage. Class E helmets are for use with potential exposure to high voltage. No more than 20,000 volts, specifically. Class C helmets are considered conductive and should not be used if you’re working near electricity.

     

    Traditionally hard hats come in a few standard colors: white, red, yellow, maybe orange. You can also get them in blue, green, black, and even pink. Or maybe you’d like to show your fandom for a pro sports team. We can get you whichever team you like… no questions asked.

     

     

    A few specific helmets for tower climbing that we recommend are the Petzl Vertex Vent, Kask Super Plasma, and EVO 6151 Vent.  Be sure to watch our helmet comparison video to learn about all their great features. GME Supply is here to help you find a lightweight, comfortable helmet so you can Climb Higher!

  5. Climb Higher Without Interruption

    Rope Grab Group

     

    If you’ve ever had to climb a tower without a vertical lifeline, you probably realize how much nicer it is to climb with a rope grab. If you’ve never climbed with a rope grab… well, you’re missing out, pal.

    Attaching Rope Grab

     

    Rope grabs are those nice little fall arrest devices that travel up and down a vertical lifeline with you. They generally have a cam design that will lock onto the rope in case you fall. They let you get work done with both of your hands, and you don’t have to worry about attaching a lanyard every couple feet to be tied off.

     

    These lightweight little dudes can be attached and detached at any point on the rope (while you’re tied off in another way, obviously!) and considering they could save your life – they’re inexpensive, as well.

     

    Some rope grabs come with an attached lanyard, others don’t. Be sure to ask the folks at GME Supply if you need to pick up a shock absorbing lanyard. Once you have the grab on the lifeline, hook your lanyard to your harness and you’re ready to climb. A proper setup will use a lanyard of no more than 3 feet and limit any fall to no more than 6 feet.

     

    Be sure to know how much you weigh with all of your tools and gear. While there shouldn’t be issues with how much a rope grab can support, you can’t be too careful. Check out the manufacturer instructions, and follow them!

     

    There are a few different kinds of rope grabs with different features out on the market, so give us a call or check out our selection online.

     

    We’d love to hook you up with the perfect rope grab so you can Climb Higher.

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