Bags & Buckets

  1. Rope Bag Buying Guide

    Rope, it’s something that every at-height worker needs on a job site, but it’s not always the easiest part of your gear to transport. Imagine getting to your location – ready to get the day started – and having to spend an hour untangling your rope, just to find out that it accidentally got cut in your trailer while being transported. Not only did you waste an hour of your morning, but now you have to take that rope out of service because it is no longer safe to use. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover rope bags and things to look at when you’re on the hunt for one.

    Rope Bags


     

    Rope bags are pretty self-explanatory. They are bags designed to hold and transport rope (we were shocked when we first found out too…). While all rope bags have the same purpose, to store and transport rope, there are a few things to consider when looking at rope bags.

    What to Look for in a Rope Bag


     

    When you first look at the selection of diverse rope bags that are available it can be overwhelming. But, if you break down all of the different features, and what will suit your rope and your unique application it can be pretty simple. Some things to consider are color, size, document pockets, additional storage compartments, applications, and straps.

    Color

    Color is more of an organizational benefit than anything. Having ropes of different types (Kernmantle, Double Braid, or 3-Strand) or ropes for specific applications in different colored bags can help keep you organized and streamline the process of grabbing the specific rope you need when you need it.

    Size

    Ropes come in a range of sizes – and that means that rope bags do, too. Going through dozens of rope bags individually to try and find the size you need can take a lot of time. That’s why we made this handy chart.

    Document Pockets

    Document pockets make staying safe and compliant easy, they also allow for quick labeling. Many rope bags feature document pockets where you can store your rope inspection forms, labels to help keep your gear organized and any other pertinent information about your rope. We cover rope inspection in this blog post.

    Additional Storage

    Some rope bags simply store rope, but sometimes you need more out of your bag. If you want the ability to store additional gear, like carabiners, you’ll want additional pockets in your bag.

    Applications

    Most rope bags will work for all of your applications, but there are some situations where specialty or unique bags may serve a better purpose. For example, if you are going to be around a lot of water – having a waterproof bag can prevent your rope from getting damaged. If you don’t typically work around water, then a bag that has small holes in the bottom (gusseted) to allow the rope to breathe will be sufficient. One important aspect of rope care is washing your rope – if you want to use a washing machine you’ll need to put your rope in a laundry bag.

    Straps

    The last thing on our list of considerations when picking a rope bag is what type of straps it has. The rope bag is great for storing and protecting a rope, but it still has to be carried around the job site. Having comfortable straps is always something to keep in mind, as well as if it has one strap or a setup more like backpack straps.

    If you need more information about choosing the right rope bag or would like help picking the bag best for you, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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  2. Must-Haves: Tower Climber Edition

    As a tower climber there is a ton of different gear to choose from and sometimes weeding through everything can take way too much time. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the must-have gear you need to get the job done and stay safe.

    The Gear


     

    So, what are the essentials needed for tower climbers?

    Harness 

    Let’s start with the most obvious: a harness. Your harness is the focal point of all your gear, but which harness is the best? Well, that depends on some factors about what job you will be doing. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. You can click here to check out our Ultimate Fall Protection Harness Buying Guide for details on how to pick the right harness for you.

    Helmet

    The next intricate piece is a helmet. Protecting your dome is important and picking the right helmet ensures that your noggin will go uncracked. Picking the right helmet involves a little bit of knowledge about the job at hand. Check out our Safety Helmets 101 blog post where we take you through the what’s what when it comes to keeping your noodle safe. You can also download our free Safety Helmets 101 pdf from our Knowledge Base.

    Twin Leg Lanyard

    Once you’ve got your harness and helmet covered, it’s time to look at a shock absorbing lanyard. Twin leg lanyards are diverse. They come in a range of styles and lengths for a range of specific applications (like foot level tie off or tie-back) and with a ton of different connection point options.

    Cable Safety Sleeve (Cable Grab)

    Chances are, a tower you encounter will have a cable climb system which means you will need a way to securely connect your harness to that system. In fact, nearly every telecom tower in North America has a cable climb system of some sort. So, your gear list isn’t complete without a cable grab. While the basic function of cable grabs are pretty much the same – there are subtle differences in each.

    Pass-Through Sling (Pass-Through Web Anchor)

    Sometimes you will run into a situation where you need to make your own anchorage point. Having a pass-through anchor in your gear list will give you the ability to produce that anchorage point.

    Positioning Lanyard

    You’ve made it to your destination on the tower, but now you can’t quite work where you need to because the cable climb system isn’t in the right spot and you need both of your hands to work. That’s where a positioning lanyard comes in. Using your twin leg lanyard to move safely to your working location you can then position yourself and work handsfree with your positioning lanyard.

    Bolt Bag

    You’ve only got two hands (us too, unfortunately) which means that carrying nuts, bolts, and small tools up the tower while your climbing isn’t possible. That’s why a bolt bag is on our must-haves list.

    Carabiner

    At least one carabiner will make your life and the job so much easier. We recommend at least two typically, but one will get you by. Carabiners have a ton of different applications but using one to connect your bolt bag to your harness isn’t a bad idea. Find out more about carabiner gates with our free downloadable pdf from our knowledge base.

    Separator Bar (Spreader Bar)

    Sitting or leaning while positioned on the tower can place a lot of pressure on your waist and hips. It’s hard on your body and uncomfortable. Especially if you’re in that position for an extended amount of time. Using a separator spreader bar helps relieve that pressure and keep you feeling great.

    RF Monitor

    Not all dangers can be seen with the human eye and RF frequencies are one of them. Ensuring that you are not overexposed to RF waves is extremely important to your safety and the FieldSENSE 2.0 Personal RF Monitor has you covered. For more information on the FieldSENSE RF Monitor check out our blog post.

    Duffle Bag

    You’re loaded up with all the must-have gear for climbing the tower, but now you’ve got one little problem – you can’t carry it all. Did we mention having 2 hands isn’t enough already? A duffle bag fixes that problem. Fit all your gear neatly organized in one single, easy to transport duffle bag.

    All-In-One Solution


     

    We’ve covered a lot of information in this blog post – and sifting through all of the different options for each of the must-have pieces of gear takes time. Because we know that your time is precious our Gear Experts® have put together an Essential Tower Climbing Kit that includes all of the equipment we discussed in this blog post (except for the RF Monitor). It also includes a variety of upgradable options (like the RF Monitor).

    We have a variety of different kits assembled by our Gear Experts® for a range of different applications.

    Need help finding the perfect kit? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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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.

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  3. Bags & Buckets Buying Guide

    Let’s talk bags and buckets. On the job, you’ve got a lot of gear to haul around. Having the right gear bag or bucket to protect your gear keeps you organized, extends the life of your gear, and makes your job easier. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a buying guide to help you find the bags and buckets that will work for you.

    Style and Variations


     

    The biggest decision in buying a bag or bucket is in the style and variations. The style and variations of your bag or bucket will be dependent on what you need to carry, how much you need to carry, how protected it needs to be, and where you need to carry it.

    Bags

    Rope bags tend to be cylindrical in shape and provide moisture resistance. Equipment bags, on the other hand, come in a range of sizes and shapes. Which one is best for you depends on what you need to carry and how much storage space you need. Duffel bags typically feature multiple pockets and come in a variety of materials. If a duffel bag isn’t your style, there are a range of equipment backpacks as well. Equipment backpacks offer many of the same features as the duffel bags but remember – if you need to carry a ton of equipment a backpack may not be able to hold all of it. If tools are what you carry the most, a tool bag could be the perfect solution. Tool bags are typically made of canvas. Some feature pockets for organization and some don’t. They typically have reinforced bottoms to increase durability and the amount of weight they can carry.

    Buckets

    Buckets share a lot of similarities with tool bags because most often the items that are put in buckets are tools. Buckets typically feature a canvas exterior with a tapered or reinforced bottom. We offer a large selection of buckets so that you can find the perfect one. So what kind of variations are most common in buckets?

    Handle: Typical handle styles include canvas or rope.

    Attachment Points: If you need a bucket that can go up the tower with you we’ve got you covered. We have buckets that can strap on your belt and buckets that feature swiveling hooks for easy connection.

    Top: Traditional canvas bucket doesn’t have a top – but we understand that sometimes keeping a lid on things is a good thing. Buckets typically come with 3 “top” options: no top, attached top, and removable top.

    Space/Compartments: Overall buckets are smaller than bags. They aren’t commonly used to transport a large number of goods. When it comes to compartments, though, there is a wide variety. Some buckets have no compartments (except for the main one) and some have many different compartments inside so that you can organize your tools.

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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.

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