April 2014

  1. AB Chance Capstan Hoist How To Video

    AB Chance Capstan Hoists are manufactured in the USA. They’re built to last and basically do one job. And, they do that one job really, really well.


    Make things easy for yourself by rigging one of these catheads to the back of your truck and get to lifting. They deliver high torque rope pulling muscle and do it with ultimate precision. Using the foot control, you can move a load in small increments to get it exactly where you need it. Once you have it there, use the optional rope lock device to keep it there.


    The capstan’s design is made to handle rugged jobs. It might be compact, portable, and lightweight, but it’s made for heavyweight tasks. And, because of its size, it fits into remote and difficult to access work sites.


    Pair it up with the AB Chance Capstan Hitch Mount and the Swivel and C-Bracket and you’ve got a powerhouse, truck-mounted lifting solution. The unique swivel bracket allows you to swing the capstan to the correct angle, even if you can’t align your truck perfectly. The great thing about this bracket is it is very easy to use. No kicking and yanking to get the capstan positioned. Just pull the pin and swivel it into position.


    On top of the capstan is the specially designed rope hook. It may look like a handle, but it serves a very special purpose. It wraps around the end of the drum, preventing the rope from slipping off in the event the line slides down the drum. If your rope hook is damaged or misplaced… no worries. Grab yourself a replacement.


    The optional rope lock device is a must-add accessory. Once you have it attached, you don’t have to worry about the rope leaving the drum. While you’re lifting, the rope travels through the lock easily, but once the capstan stops turning, the device grabs the rope and holds it in place.


    For more information, check out the official tutorial on setting up your AB Chance Capstan hoist. We brought in an expert from Hubbell Power Systems, one of the designers behind the cathead and mounting system, to make an instructional video, to walk you through setup and use of the capstan. And as always, give us a call or chat us online for any more questions.

  2. Job Site Banners Version 2.0

    Job Site Safety Banner - GME Supply


    Our job site safety banners are already very popular. They quickly get your job site into OSHA compliance by displaying all of the most commonly required caution, warning, and danger signs on an easy to hang, durable banner. But now, they’re even more heavy-duty. And they’re cheaper. You’re welcome.


    Our banners are now a rugged 15 oz material, so they’ll last even longer than before. The UltraFlex material is capable of withstanding harsh outdoor environments… they’re even stable down to -20°F. Plus they’re fade and tear-resistant and treated for fungus resistance. Don’t worry about any funk growing on your sign. Every banner has durable grommets so you can hang it quickly with some rope or zip ties.


    And in case you hadn’t heard… you can get your company logo right on the banner. Just attach the logo when you add the banner to your cart and we’ll get it custom printed for you.

    Think Safety Motivational Banner - GME Supply


    We’re also launching a new line of motivational workplace banners. These are great for any job site. Manufacturing, loading docks, shipping yards, even office spaces! And if you need a banner that’s not in our lineup, we now have an option for a complete custom banner. Just submit the design that you’d like on your banner, and we’ll make it happen. And if you don’t have the software, time, or creativity required, there’s an option to have our marketing folks get it done for you.

  3. Live on the Edge


    A lot of construction these days involves building up. Cities are running out of room to spread out, so building up makes sense. The problem with building up is there's usually nothing above you to attach your fall protection. Cue the Nano-Lok Edge.

    Nano-Lok Edge - GME Supply

    You work – and live – on the edge. The Nano-Lok Edge from DBI Sala will keep you safe. It’s packed with a galvanized steel lifeline. The leading edges of steel structures are often jagged and unfinished. These razor-sharp steel bits are bad news for traditional fall protection. The complete Nano-Lok Edge system is designed to keep you safe in these situations.


    Traditional equipment isn’t made for foot-level tie-off. Having a lanyard dragging behind you on a beam creates a gnarly trip hazard. It could get hooked up on an obstruction or even tangled in your boots, causing you to go down. Also, for foot-level tie-off, the gear must be designed to absorb greater forces since you’ll be falling from a greater distance. And that’s not just the lifeline; The whole device has to be beefed up!

    Nano-Lok Edge Chart - GME Supply

    Ever worn an SRL and been annoyed by the way it bangs around on your back D? Not the case with the Nano-Lok Edge, pal. The pack adapter system connects under the D-Ring, plus secures down the shoulder straps. Three points of contact stabilize the entire unit and spread out the weight over your whole back. It also acts as an energy absorber, which reduces the fall energy on your body, and on the lifeline. You’ll also have complete freedom to twist and rotate any direction, since the SRL’s swivel on the pack adapter. No more twisting and tangling. Nice.


    DBI Sala Nano-Lok Sharp Logo - GME SupplyWant the Nano-Lok Edge? Look for the bright orange, impact-resistant housing. It makes it clear that you’re grabbing the right gear to head up to the top of the steel. Look for the global sharp edge icon, as well.


    Finally, the Nano-Lok Edge is available as either a single leg or twin-leg if you operate in 100% tie-off mode. (Highly recommended.) It also comes in a variety of hook options from rebar hook to aluminum carabiner, to tie-back. You’ll find the option you need. See all of our SRL's here.

  4. Safety Helmet Inspections

    Hard hats, or safety helmets, are one of the most recognizable pieces of safety equipment. Unfortunately, since they’re so common, they may not be inspected nearly enough. But a safety helmet must be in proper condition to do its intended job! And when you think about it, it's a piece of PPE that doesn’t cost much but provides huge protection.


    PMI Alto - GME Supply


    They’re pretty durable, but they’re not indestructible.  Knowing when a safety helmet needs to be replaced can be somewhat difficult to determine. When a pair of gloves wears too thin or gets a rip, it’s obvious that they need to be tossed. A hard hat, on the other hand, might not show any obvious signs when it needs to be replaced.


    Although OSHA doesn’t have a specific service life guideline, many manufacturers do. And even then, the life span can vary greatly depending on the conditions the work is being done in. Let’s say, maybe a blog writer for a safety sales company has a hard hat that they wear out at tower sites once or twice a month for a few hours. That hard hat will probably last longer than the tower hand’s hard hat, which is being worn hundreds of feet in the air in every weather condition imaginable.


    Depending on the brand and model, manufacturers recommend that hard hats be replaced anywhere from every 12 months to five years… so there’s no blanket rule. Materials deteriorate at different rates depending on high or low temperatures, sunlight, or chemicals. There’s no way to have a definitive lifespan. Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the employer to make sure their workers are safe on the job, which is where an inspection plan comes into play.


    A few quick inspections can be done every day by a worker.

    PMI Alto Suspension - GME Supply

    • First, look over the shell for dents, cracks, gouges or any damage that could have been caused by impact, penetration or abrasion. Basically, you’re looking for something that would compromise the shell in any way. Also, check over the shell to verify that it hasn’t become brittle, stiff or faded at all. Overexposure to direct sunlight can cause this, so make sure the helmets aren’t being stored in the back window of a truck or on the dashboard all day. That’s the fast track to a new helmet purchase.
    • Second, take a peek at the suspension system. This is what actually absorbs a lot of the energy from that wrench that was dropped off the ladder. Look it over for any fraying of straps, cracks in the attachment points, deformed or stretch plastic, or other signs of serious wear.


    One last thing… a safety helmet is designed to work ONCE. If it is hit with any substantial force, whether from a falling object or even a big drop, it needs to be replaced. Even if there is no visible damage… replace it. Better safe than sorry!

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