July 2018

  1. The ALL NEW Kenwood NX-P500

    With the range of hazards that go hand-in-hand with at-height work, communication is an important part of any job. Having the ability to easily and effectively communicate with your crew helps promote safety and reduce accidents. This week our Gear Experts® are proud to announce a brand new dual band radio from Kenwood.

    The Kenwood NX-P500


     

    Kenwood is known for making durable, long-lasting, reliable radios and the NX-P500 doesn’t disappoint. This latest addition to the ProTalk series boasts a wide range of new features that make it one of Kenwood’s most powerful, compact radios yet. Don’t let the small, compact design, fool you, though. This radio packs some punch and is ideal for office settings, job sites, and even up on a tower.

    Features


     

    Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about what this radio can really do. It features dual mode NXDN Digital and FM Analog compatibility which means that no matter what radios your crew are running, this one will work with it. It is a powerful radio with 2-Watt UHF output power making it just as powerful as our popular Kenwood 3400U16P only much smaller in size. The output power settings on this radio make it particularly good for inside environments because it is capable of transmitting through up to 20 stories.

    The NX-P500 also features an IP54, 55, & 67 rated housing which means it is sealed for waterproofing. That means it can be submerged down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, so you don’t need to worry about it when your working in the elements.

    Even More Features


     

    We weren’t joking when we said this two-way radio was jam packed with cool stuff. It features hands free VOX (voice-operated-exchange) Operation with a 750-mW speaker output which provides loud and clear signal reception. And, the Lithium-ion battery provides over 15 hours of continuous usage. With all this awesome and powerful tech, the radio still only weighs a mere 5.6 ounces.

    Accessories


     

    Kenwood two-way radios have always had an added advantage apart from their quality. That advantage is the wide line of accessories. Out-of-the box this radio comes with a single unit charger but, it can use the Kenwood KSC-506K 6 unit charger. It is also compatible with a wide variety of Kenwood headsets, earphones, and microphones. Not to mention that with the help of the included belt clip holster, this radio can easily be attached to a toolbelt or job uniform.

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  2. Tool Tethers

    The ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard has officially been released so we wanted to take some time to discuss everything involved with the Dropped Objects Prevention Standard. ANSI 121 is outlines the safety standards and requirements for testing at-height tool tethering equipment in order to increase safety. This doesn't mean that there will be a requirement for tethering. However, in the future, it may be standardized across different industries. This week our Gear Experts® are going to discuss tool tethers and how you can prepare to be in compliance with ANSI 121.

    Tool Tethers


     

    Tool tethers have been around for quite a few years. However, traditionally they were referred to as tool lanyards. The industry has adopted the name tool tethers to prevent confusion between tool drop prevention equipment and shock absorbing lanyards. Tool tethers, like most equipment in the at-height industry, come in a range of shapes and sizes. GME Supply is happy to partner with leading names in the tool tethering industry like Ty-Flot, Ergodyne, Klein Tools, and DBI Sala.

    How They Work


     

    Tool tethers help prevent injury, damage to expensive equipment or tools, and lost productivity. Believe it or not, dropped objects are still a huge cause of injury and even death in the United States. Tool tethers have a range of connections points. Almost all the tethers we offer feature a carabiner for connection to your harness or bolt bag. The carabiners are available in single and double action configurations.

    Tool tethers have a variety of different weight capacities ranging from 1 to 15 pounds. The weight capacity is based on the weight of the tool. If you need a tool tether with a larger capacity click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Connecting the tool tether to the tool itself can be done in a few different ways. If the tool has a tether connection built in, then you are good to go. Simply attach the connection point of the tether to the tool and you’re in business. If you find yourself in a situation where the tool does not have a tether point, there are solutions available. Some options include:

    Self-Adhering Tape – This is a tape that has been designed to adhere a connection point to your tool.

    Tool Traps – This is a “holster” that your tool can fit in that provides the connection point and can stay on the tool while it's being used. It is most common to find this for measuring tapes and power tools.

    Tool Collars – These are components that help retrofit a range of tools with a connection point without hindering the ability to use the handle of the tool.

    Tool tethers come in a range of lengths that not only provide easier use when working but also provide added force reduction in the event of a drop. Another option, if you need to be able to adjust the length, is to use a retractable tether. Think of retractable tethers as mini SRLs for your tools. It functions in much the same way.

    We know what your thinking! Having 15 different tethers for your tools is going to add a lot of weight and be inconvenient when you’re up 150 feet on a tower. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too. There are many tool tethers that have a modular construction. Essentially there is a clip below the shock absorbing portion of the tether that can be swapped out. So, instead of having a tether for each tool you can simply have a connection point and tether loop on each of your tools that can be easily switched out.

    Drop Test


     

    We decided to do a drop test to see the forces placed on your body by a dropped tool. For this test, we used the Rock Exotica LC1 Enforcer Load Cell. For a control, we utilized a static sling. When we dropped a Klein Bull Pin (which weighs 3 pounds) the forces maxed out at 98 pounds. With a variety of tool tethers, we had forces range from 70 to 38 pounds. That’s a significant difference from the 98-pound static drop!

    **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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    Tool Tethers: The Playlist


     

    Over the years we have featured a ton of different tool tethers. Check out the full playlist on our YouTube Channel or, right here ↓

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  3. Safety Helmets 101

    This week our Gear Experts® are here to talk about hard hats. Whether you call them helmets or hard hats, protecting your skull is an important part of on the job safety.

    The Rules


     

    OSHA states that a safety helmet must be worn “when working in areas where there is potential for injury to the head from falling objects.” Hard hats must also be worn in areas where there’s a risk of exposure to electrical conductors that can potentially contact the head. In these situations, specially designed helmets must be used.

    Hard Hat Types


     

    Type I

    Type I hard hats are intended to reduce forces of impact from a blow to the top of the head. These are the most common helmet on the job site. Type 1 helmets would protect a worker from a dropped hammer or tape measure.

    Type II

    Type II hard hats are intended to reduce forces from lateral impact coming from an off-center, side, or top of the head strike. This impact could be from a sharp corner of an I-Beam or swinging structural element of a tower. The sides of these helmets are typically lined with a high-density foam or suspension.

    Electrical Classes


     

    Class E

    Class E hard hats are designed to reduce exposure to high voltage conductors and offer protection up to 20,000 volts. These helmets cannot be vented. Formerly associated with the “Class B” rating, Class E hard hats can also be considered a General, “Class G” hard hat.

    Class G

    Class G hard hats are designed to reduce exposure to low voltage conductors. They offer protection up to 2,200 volts. Like Class E helmets, this protection is only for the head. Class G was formerly categorized as “Class A”.

    Class C

    Class C hard hats are considered conductive, and they do not provide any electrical protection. These helmets are typically vented, and only protect workers from impacts but do provide workers increased breathability.

    Labeling


     

    To qualify as an ANSI certified helmet, there must be a legible label inside the helmet which identifies the standards that the hard hat was designed to meet. If your helmet is missing this label or it’s no longer legible, it should be replaced.

    Service Life


     

    A hard hats service life starts from the time it was put into service. While there is a date code stamped into the helmet, that is only the date of manufacturing. When a helmet is put into service, it should be documented on the label in the shell of the hard hat.

    The helmet suspension should be replaced after no more than every 12 months, and the helmet should be replaced after no more than 5 years. These dates are the maximum, and the helmet should be inspected regularly to ensure that it is still safe.

    If the hard hat has sustained an impact it must be removed from service. Even if there is no visible damage, the materials could have weakened and may no longer provide the level of protection required.

    Best Practices


     

    Suspensions should always be designed by the manufacturer to work with the specific hard hat and should not be modified. Only use the specific suspension when replacing a worn-out suspension and install it to the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes installing it backward, so the brim of a helmet can be worn in the back. Although, some manufacturers do offer swing-style suspensions which allow the helmet to be reversed.

    Do not paint your helmet. Chemicals in the paint can alter and damage the structure of the hard hat and reduce the protection provided. If you’re painting on the jobsite, always clean your helmet according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to remove any chemicals or paint residue that may be present.

    Pressure sensitive, non-metallic stickers or self-adhesive tape are typically acceptable on most of today’s hard hats. However, you must refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation to verify if they’re allowed on your particular hard hat and for placement guidelines.

    Standards


     

    ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014

    This standard provides performance and testing requirements for industrial helmets, commonly known as hard hats. It establishes the types and classes of protective helmets, depending on the type of hazard encountered.

    OSHA 29 CFR 1910.135

    Head Protection Requirements and Classifications of Hard Hats and Safety Helmets for general industry workers.

    OSHA 29 CFR 1926.100

    Head Protection Requirements and Classifications for head protection for construction, demolition, and renovation workers.

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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 fall protection equipment is used.

    Safety Helmets: Playlist


     

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  4. Product Spotlight: Petzl Jag

    This week we are going to talk about the Petzl Jag 4:1 Self Contained Haul System. The Jag is an extremely versatile system offering a 4:1 mechanical advantage making it useful in a variety of applications such as pickoffs, tensioning, and making a releasable anchor. In this week's blog our Gear Experts® are going to give you the full scoop on the Petzl Jag.

    What is Included in the System?


     

    The Petzl Jag System Haul Kit features an 8-millimeter rope, two Petzl Am’D Triact-Lock aluminum carabiners, a Petzl P45 Jag High Efficiency Double Pulley, and a Petzl P54 Jag Traxion High Efficiency Double Progress Capture Pulley. The Jag System Haul Kit is available in one, two, and five-meter versions. This system is also color coded. The victim is in the black and the operator is in the yellow. It makes it super easy for you to grab and with a single glance know which end is which.

    The Breakdown


    The Top

    The top part of the system is the Jag Traxion High Efficiency Double Progress Capture Pulley. This pulley has a cam built into the top to capture the progress when you’re raising the load. It also has a becket, so you can tie off the rope there, and it has two very efficient pulleys which together give about 91% efficiency – that’s high for a pulley of this size. To start the haul, you simply lock the cam down onto the rope.

    The Bottom

    The bottom part of the unit uses the very lightweight and small Jag High Efficiency Double Pulley. This pulley features sheaves mounted on the ball bearing for increased efficiency and can hold rope between 8 and 11 millimeters.

    Perfect for Rescue


     

    This system is great for any situation when you’d need to raise someone off their dorsal d-ring. The one-meter version is the perfect length for getting someone who’s fallen on the dorsal d-ring, busted their shock pack, and is hanging in a position where they may get suspension trauma. The rope is attached to the Traxion Pulley with a sewn termination and the other end of the rope has a sewn termination with a knot in it to prevent it from slipping through the pulley.

    Closed System Capability


     

    There may come a time where you want this system to be closed. What we mean by a closed system is that you will want the system to be tamper proof. To set up this system simply remove the bottom carabiner and replace it with the Petzl P28 Ring Open Multi-Directional Gated Ring. You should connect the ring to a Petzl I’D. The ring is then closed with a 3mm allen key. After that, you can lock the Petzl I’D as well. Click here for instructions on how to lock your Petzl I’D.

    **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 fall protection equipment is used.

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    The Petzl Jag Self-Contained Haul System


     

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