August 2018

  1. Vertical Systems

    You’re in the business of climbing. Whether you work in the tower, wind, solar, billboard, construction, or utility industry, chances are you will spend a decent amount of time climbing. Here at GME Supply we hold the safety of at-height workers above all else and that’s why this week our Gear Experts® are here to talk about vertical systems.

    Types of Vertical Systems


     

    Vertical systems come in two types: Vertical Lifeline and Ladder Fall Protection Systems. Vertical lifeline systems utilize rope and rope devices to provide fall protection, whereas ladder systems utilize a ladder, cable, and a cable safety sleeve (cable grab).

    Vertical Lifeline Systems


     

    When a ladder system is not already installed on a site a vertical lifeline system is going to be your only option. A vertical lifeline system is used by anchoring rope (either kernmantle or 3-strand rope) onto an anchor point and using a rope grab (fall arrester) like the Petzl ASAP Mobile Rope Grab or the Petzl ASAP Lock to provide fall protection.  Choosing the right kind of rope is important and don’t worry - we’ve got you covered there too! Click here to see our comprehensive rope buying guide.

    Ladder Fall Protection Systems (Cable Climb Systems)


     

    A ladder fall protection system, better known as a cable climb system, is pre-installed on a tower and features a cable attached to the ladder. You can use a cable grab attached to your sternal D-ring to move up and down the ladder with ease. In the event of a fall the cable safety sleeve will lock onto the cable and arrest the fall. Applications for ladder fall protection systems include towers, billboards, commercial buildings, utility, solar, and wind.

    The brand new 3M DBI Sala Lad-Saf Cable Vertical 2 Person Safety System revolutionizes the Ladder Safety Category. It is available in lengths ranging from 20 to 100 feet and comes in both stainless steel and galvanized cable options.

    We also offer a full line of Tuf-Tug cable climb systems that come in a variety of designs and sizes. The monopole system is available in standard lengths of 100’, 150’, 200’, and 250’. The fixed ladder system is available in standard lengths of 100’, 200’, 250’, 300’, and 400’. And, the round climbing leg system is available in standard lengths of 150’, 200’, 250’, and 300’.

    These systems can be further customized. Contact our Gear Experts® for more information about customization.

    Walking Working Surfaces


     

    Effective January 17th, 2017 the new requirements for OSHA Standard 1910 Subpart D went into effect. This standard outlines the new requirements for walking working surfaces. Section 1910.29, which covers fall protection systems, states that fall protection systems should be permanently installed when possible so that they are available whenever potential exposure to fall hazards exist. Personal protective equipment (PPE), including fall protection, must be provided by the employer at no cost to the employee. Each section of the new 1910 Subpart D standard has a different compliance date ranging from May 2017 through November 2036. You can find the complete list of compliance dates here.

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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.

    3M DBI Sala Lad Saf Cable Vertical Safety System: The Video


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  2. Manufacturer Spotlight: Safety LMS

    One of the most important parts of fall protection and safety for at-height workers is ensuring that all training and certifications are up to date. Finding a training that isn’t outdated or taught by people who have never been on a tower isn’t always easy. This week our Gear Experts® have teamed up with Safety LMS to bring a special look into one of the companies that specialize in training your crew.

    The Beginning


     

    The story of Safety LMS began in 1976 when John Paul “JP” Jones started his career in the telecommunications industry. At the age of 16, he took a job with Allied Tower Company in Houston, Texas. After 19 years of working in the field, JP transitioned to a Tower Safety & Rescue Instructor. During his time as an instructor, he noticed that companies really didn’t have much of a choice when it came to training programs. Beyond that, the training materials were outdated and many of the trainers had never been in the field.

    Eager to find a better way to train and help increase industry safety, JP started Safety LMS in 2015. The goal of Safety LMS is to change the way the industry thinks about their training.

    Modern Day


     

    Today Safety LMS continues to honor their mission of providing the most up to date training materials and curriculum to the tower industry. They offer a range of both in person and online classes and ensure that when you attend a Safety LMS training event, regardless of the subject, you will walk away having learned something new. On top of that, all Safety LMS instructors have prior tower experience. So, when you have a question, their answer will not only be based on standards and regulations, but it will also be based on experience.

    As part of their commitment to ensuring that all training is timely and relevant to current industry trends, Safety LMS updates every course each year. Whether you are a small single team company or a national 25 team company, Safety LMS can help you find a training and pricing solution tailored to meet your needs.

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    Safety LMS: The Video


     

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  3. SRL & PFL 101

    Fall protection equipment is an important part of the job for at-height workers. Here at GME Supply, we pride ourselves in keeping workers like you safe day in and day out. That’s why our Gear Experts® have put together this blog post that outlines the need-to-know about SRLs and PFLs.

    What Does That Stand For


     

    When you read SRL & PFL if you don’t already know what it means it can be confusing. So, let’s get down to the basics first. SRL stands for Self-Retracting Lifeline and PFL stands for Personal Fall Limiter.

    What’s the Difference


     

    An SRL is a device that contains a spring-loaded retracting web or cable lanyard wound around an internal drum. In the event of a fall, it automatically locks and arrests the fall of a worker. A PFL is the exact same thing as an SRL, it’s just another name for it. I know – it seems kind of silly, but that’s just the way the world works sometimes. But, if we had to try and visualize a difference, PFLs are typically smaller and have the ability to be attached directly to your harness. While there isn’t a specific difference between a self-retracting lifeline and a personal fall limiter, there are different classifications, styles, and variations. We’ve covered classifications in detail already in a previous blog post which you can find here. In that post we cover the ANSI Z359.14-2012 standard which establishes A and B classifications for self-retracting lifelines.

    SRL & PFL Styles


     

    Depending on the job at hand the type of SRL that you require can vary. Below we are going to break down body warn vs. mounted SRLs and discuss Leading Edge and Foot Level Tie-Off SRLs.

    Body Worn vs. Mounted

    Larger SRLs are mounted above the worker and connected directly to the anchorage point. The lanyard then runs down to connect to the user’s dorsal D-ring on their harness. These SRLs come in lengths ranging from 8 feet to over 100 feet. Body worn SRLs, usually what are referred to as PFLs, are compact devices that connect directly to the user's harness and are much shorter. Generally, they come in lengths ranging from 6 feet to 8 feet. To tie-off when using a body worn SRL the user connects the tether to an anchorage point. Body worn SRLs can also come in a twin-leg configuration for 100% tie-off.

    Leading Edge + Foot Level

    Most SRLs are designed to only be mounted above the user. However, sometimes that’s not an option when on the job. For situations where mounting an SRL above the user is not possible, SRLs specifically designed for Foot Level + Leading Edge are required. ANSI Classifies these as SRL-LE devices with the LE standing for Leading Edge. These SRLs incorporate special factors designed to absorb the extra energy associated with tying off at foot level as well as more robust cables to resist breaking when ran against a leading edge.

    Other Variations

    While body warn, mounted, and leading edge/foot level SRLs and PFLs are the most common, there are additional variations that you might need for those special jobs. Other potential options for SRL and PFL variations include:

    → Sealed design for use in harsh work environments where dust, grease, and moisture may be prevalent or severe.

    → Rescue devices which are referred to as SRL-R (the R is for rescue – I know, we were surprised, too) by ANSI for auto retrieval. These are commonly found on confined space systems.

    → Tie-Back which can be used when connectors cannot be secured to anchor points.

    → Arc Flash rated devices which are to be used when working in electrical environments.

    Swing Fall Prevention


     

    SRLs are great devices because they allow you to work much farther away from an anchorage point than other forms of fall protection. Remember that mounted SRLs are available in lengths of over 100 feet. But, as with all things in life, the added distance offers a downside. That downside is that swing falls become much more of a danger.

    A swing fall occurs when an anchorage point is not directly overhead of a worker. The device will stop them in the required distance, but the worker may still swing a great distance. This can potentially put other obstacles, walls, or objects in the path of the worker causing a collision. To avoid swing falls, always stay in the safe zone – which is within 30 degrees of your anchor point. Swing falls can be avoided by using mobile anchorage points which will travel with the worker.

    Replacement & Recertification


     

    SRLs are fantastic pieces of equipment, but as with all equipment, they do not last forever. Recertification can be done on some SRLS by the manufacturer to prolong the life of the unit. This can be done after the device is involved in a fall, or after the unit has been in the field for a specific period of time. Please note that not every manufacturer offers this type of program, so you will need to check with the manufacturer for specifications on recertification. If the device is not eligible for recertification, or if the manufacturer does not offer recertification then it must be destroyed and replaced if it is involved in a fall or after a time period specified by the manufacturer.

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    SRL & PFLs: The Playlist


     

    **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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  4. Pelican Static Kernmantle Rope

    Pelican Rope | Static Kernmantle Rope | GME Supply

    Static kernmantle rope is a great rope for industrial applications. Here at GME Supply we pride ourselves in being America’s premier rope supplier and this week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about Pelican Static Kernmantle Rope.

    Pelican Static Kernmantle


     

    Pelican Rope’s static kernmantle is available in 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, and 5/8 inch diameters. Depending on the diameter there is also a range of colors to choose from. This rope features a durable, chemical resistant, polyester cover, over a nylon core. It provides great energy absorption while still being firm, yet flexible for tying knots or passing through a pulley. Pelican further strengthens this rope by steam setting the cover over the core to prevent slippage.

    Depending on the diameter it has an MBS (minimum breaking strength) of 6,400 pounds for the 3/8 inch all the way up to 13,000 pounds for the 5/8 inch. While kernmantle has a lot of benefits, it isn’t the perfect rope for every application. If you need pulling rope for your capstan hoist you will want to use double braid rope.

    Knowledge is Power


     

    What is kernmantle rope? Kernmantle consists of twisted parallel fibers surrounded by a tightly braided sheath. For more information on the different types of rope and how to find the perfect rope for the job at hand check out our Rope Buying Guide.

    Not only is it important to find the perfect rope, but it is important to frequently inspect your rope. Rope inspection ensures that your rope is safe to use when you take it out on the job. Most rope manufacturers include a rope inspection form with the rope. But, if your rope didn’t come with one or you lost it, you can download one for free here from our knowledge base. For more information on rope inspection check out our Rope Inspection 101 blog post here.

    Last, but not least, is the importance of washing your rope. Rope wash can help extend the life of your rope and ensure that you and your crew are safe while on the job. For more information on how to properly wash a rope check out our blog post on The Importance of Rope Wash.

    **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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    Pelican Static Kernmantle Rope: The Video


     

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  5. Custom Logo Company Shirts

    Outfitting your company or crew in matching, easily identifiable, custom logo t-shirts isn’t always easy – or affordable. That’s where GME Supply comes in. After all, we couldn’t be America’s premier outfitter of fall protection, safety equipment, and gear for at-height workers, industry, and construction unless we could help you slap your logo on the shirts you wear. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about the customizable t-shirt options we provide.

    Cost Savings!


     

    Online shirt companies charge you way more than they should. And, unless you’re ordering thousands and thousands of shirts, you’re not going to get a great price from your local t-shirt shop. We’ve got you covered – because we do buy thousands and thousands of shirts from our local t-shirt shop. And, we pass that savings directly on to you.

    Breaking Down the Shirts


     

    We use high-quality custom work shirts. They are available in four colors: whiteheather gray, hi-viz safety yellow, and hi-viz safety orange. Once you have selected the shirt color, size, and quantity you simply upload your single color (black) logo and check out. Logos can also be sent to climbhigher@gmesupply.com if for any reason you weren’t able to upload it with your shirt order.

    We will add your logo to the chest and the back of the shirt. Even if your company logo isn’t a super high quality – our art department is top notch and will take care of that for you free of charge. Minimum order quantities start at just 25 shirts. You can outfit your whole crew or your whole company. And remember – the more shirts you buy, the better the deal.

    Not Just Custom Shirts


     

    Shirts aren’t the only thing we customize. Safety and jobsite banners might be required by law, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them your own. We offer different banners based on industry, customizable slots to trade out caution signs/notices, and banners that feature your logo. For more information about our jobsite and safety banners check out this blog post. We also offer a wide range of different swag. From hat’s and shirts to stickers, and more.

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