As we wrap up 2019 and look ahead to not only a new year but a new decade, we wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the best gear of 2019. We carefully curated the following list based on what was most popular amongst our customers or gear we just think is downright awesome and everyone should know about. So, without further ado, lets jump right into the top 10 best gear of 2019
DBI Sala Suspension Trauma Safety Straps | Shop Now
Coming in at # 10 is Suspension Trauma Safety Straps from DBI Sala. They’re easy to install on any harness, relatively cheap, and might just save your life one day. Suspension Trauma, or Orthostatic Shock, is a life-threatening hazard that’s often overlooked. If a safety harness is a part of your daily uniform, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have some of these bad boys attached to it.
Competent Climber // Competent Rescuer Course | Shop Now
While # 9 isn’t exactly a tangible item, it’s nonetheless something that nobody should be climbing a tower without, and that’s Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer Training from Safety LMS. This three-day course gives you one full day of classroom training and two days of Practical training on the tower with some of the best instructors in the industry. After this course, you’ll have the knowledge, experience, and most importantly certification to call yourself a competent climber.
Rock Exotica Omni-Block 4.5 Inch Rigging Pulley / Material Handling Block | Shop Now
# 8 on our list goes to the Rock Exotica Omni-Block 4.5 Inch Rigging Pulley / Material Handling Block. This game-changing block is the largest, most efficient block from Rock Exotica. This big brother to the MHP55 was designed for 3,000 Pound Capstan Hoists and can handle ¾” load line. Have full confidence in your lifts with the MHP58.
Ty-Flot Quick-Switch Starter Kit 2 | Shop Now
At # 7 the Tyflot Quick Switch Starter Kit 2 is something no climber should be without. This year we saw an industry-wide emphasis on tool tethering, and we think the quick switch is one of the most innovative solutions to come from that. You can easily swap tools from a bolt bag or between workers while keeping it 100% tied off with its unique docking system.
Kenwood NX-P500 2-Watt Dual-Mode Two-Way Radio | Shop Now
At # 6 we chose the Kenwood NX-P500 Two Way Radio. Communication on the Jobsite is paramount. And, with a ton of power packed into such a small waterproof radio, the NX-P500 secures our pick as the best two-way radio of 2019. Plus, Kenwood has tons of accessories for this radio to provide you with convenient communication anywhere.
Petzl Jag System Haul Kit | Shop Now
# 5 is the Petzl JAG Haul Kit. A rescue system is an absolute must on a tower site, so why not have the smallest, lightest, and quickest to deploy. The JAG has all the little bells and whistles to create an incredibly intuitive haul system.
DBI Sala ExoFit Tower Climbing Harness | Shop Now
# 4 goes to the DBI Exofit Strata Tower Harness. Those of you in the tower climbing industry are probably no stranger to this harness. Its biggest differentiator is its liftech load distribution system which takes the weight off your shoulders and distributes it down to your hips. Believe us, there is no other tower climbing harness quite like it.
AB Chance 3,000 Pound Capstan Kit | Shop Now
Coming in at # 3 is the AB Chance 3,000 Pound Capstan Kit. Chances are pretty good that you had to do some kind of heavy lifting over the year. With our selection of capstan kits, we can outfit your crew with everything you need to perform those lifting tasks safely and efficiently.
Narda Radman 2XT RF Monitor | Shop Now
At #2 we have the newly released Narda Radman 2XT RF Monitor. The Industry finally has a 5G ready RF monitor that won’t cost an arm and a leg. This device features isotropic sensors for both the E and H Fields, meaning it measures both electrical and magnetic radiation omnidirectionally. Not to mention it has the largest frequency range available at this price point that covers all current and planned 5G frequencies.
Petzl Vertex Helmet | Shop Now
Taking the cake for the # 1 piece of gear for 2019 is the updated Vertex Helmet from Petzl. They’ve taken the wildly popular original vertex climbing helmet and given it an upgrade with better materials, a more efficient design, and a huge line of compatible accessories. This helmet is available in both vented and non-vented versions.
Trying to limit our list to our top 10 items was difficult. So, we decided to make an honorable mention section outlining some more of our favorite items from the year.
- 3M SecureFit X5000 Series ANSI Safety Helmet | Shop Now
- Petzl L052CA GRILLON HOOK U Adjustable Positioning Lanyard | Shop Now
- Petzl I’D Self-Breaking Descender | Shop Now
- Elk River Raven Tower Harness | Shop Now
- Harken Industrial Riggers Winch | Shop Now
- WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope | Shop Now
- Build Your Own Tower Climbing Kit | Shop Now
- Multiwave SmartAligner Antenna Alignment Tool | Shop Now
- Yates 532 Big Wall Rescue and Safety Ladder | Shop Now
Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast
If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.
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Ergodyne has been developing products to make the workplace better since 1983. This week we highlight our growing selection of newer tools and PPE from Ergodyne offered here at GME Supply including tool tethers, safety glasses, gloves, and more.
The ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard outlines the safety standards and requirements for testing at-height tool tethering equipment in order to increase safety. While there are not currently any OSHA requirements specific to general or construction industries, many contractors and employers have begun implementing mandates within their companies or job sites for required 100% tie-off for all drop hazards.
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.
When it comes to compliance, Ergodyne goes above and beyond with their Skullerz® Safety Glasses. That way, every time you wear Skullerz® Safety Glasses you can be sure of some important aspects:
First, Skullerz® Safety Glasses are third-party tested for ANSI Z87.1+ High Velocity Impact protection and optical performance and also third-party tested for MIL-PRF-32432 Ballistic Impact Fragmentation - Class 1. Other safety glasses aren't tested for compliance at those levels and often don’t hold up under the same scrutiny.
Every pair of Skullerz® Safety Glasses also feature anti-scratch lenses with 99.9% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection. You get a number of frame patterns to suit your style and
Ergodyne stands out in quality, design, and style with everything they manufacture and their gloves are no exception. And, as the temperature starts to drop this season, Ergodyne’s thermal hand protection can keep your hands safe from work hazards and the frigid weather.
It’s important to choose a glove that can provide wind and water-resistance alongside your typical search for performance measures like impact, puncture, and tear resistance. We have quite a few different styles of thermal gloves from Ergodyne that will meet your comfort performance needs and make working in the cold more bearable.
**The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. The manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.
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Gear Up with Gear Experts Podcast Episode 9 - Tool Tethering
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Having to flip through a handful of catalogs or thousands of web pages to find the gear you and your crew need can be time-consuming. That’s why our Gear Experts® have created tower climbing kits and can help you create custom kits that will save you time and make your job of buying a range of equipment easier and more cost-effective. These kits have a lot to offer.
Custom Kits Save
The custom kitting process is easy and typically takes only a few minutes to get a quote. First, you’ll start off by answering a few questions from one of our Gear Experts®. They have years of experience helping a variety of crews and they truly care about your business. They’re going to put in the effort to learn and understand your specific needs.
Attention to detail ensures your crew will be safe and fully compliant.
Kitting allows you to train your crew on the same equipment. Training your crew on the same gear adds a higher level of safety for many reasons.
Working with unfamiliar devices can add time to any task and can sometimes lead to accidents. It’s especially important for your whole team to understand how to handle another crew member’s gear in a rescue situation.
If everyone is using the same gear there will be much less room for confusion. When your crew is properly trained and comfortable working with their equipment they’ll handle these difficult situations quickly and safely.
Saving Time and Lowering Costs
The benefits we’ve already mentioned are designed to lower the overhead cost of managing your crew. Buying components in a kit will also save you time when placing an order and when receiving a shipment.
You don't have to wait on different shipping schedules for every single item when you buy a kit. Buying gear separately might not be a big issue on one or two items, but when you buy several things for multiple crew members those wait times can be a headache.
Invoicing and Inventory Control
If you plan on reordering your custom kit we can set up your kit with a custom part number. The part number can be invoiced as one line item to simplify the reordering process. This will save time during order review and payment. Your accounts payable team will thank you!
We also forecast our stock around your ordering schedule to make sure you’re always covered when you need it.
On top of all that, we can also brand the items in your kit. We can help place your company logo on helmets, vests, harnesses, signs, and a lot more.
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What kind of kits are already assembled?
We have a wide range of tower climbing kits that are already assembled to include everything needed for a climber to work safely. The actual components of the kits vary depending on each kit and your preferences.
What do pre-assembled tower climbing kits come with?
What the kits include depends on the kit you choose and if you want add-on or upgrade items. However, the tower climbing kits all come with the standard equipment needed for a climber to work safely. Pre-assembled tower climbing kits all include a harness, a lanyard, and carabiners. Many of our kits also come with bolt bags, gloves, spreader bars, safety glasses, helmets, and cable safety sleeves.
**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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