Tower Climbing

  1. New Year, New Gear

    PMI Climbing Helmet

    In just a few short weeks it will be a new year and a new decade. We're always looking ahead to see how we can help continue keeping at-height workers safe and productive on the job. So, we're constantly bringing in new gear. Start 2020 out right with all new equipment like the Impact Helmet from PMI or the AC Electric Pulling/Lifting Winch 60Hz/120v from Portable Winch.

     

    PMI Impact and Air-Go Climbing Helmets


    And, in the video below we take a look at the new PMI Impact and Air-Go climbing helmets. Both the Impact and Air-Go were built to comply with ANSI Z89.1 Type 1 Class C. These helmets provide a great level of protection and comfort in a modern climbing style. 

     

    Portable Winch AC Electric Pulling/Lifting Winch


    The Portable Winch AC Electric Pulling/Lifting Winch 60Hz/120v was designed for lifting applications where a traditional gas-powered motor cannot be used. It can lift a load of 550 pounds with an integrated rope grabbing system. It is capable of pulling up to 1805 pounds at 29-feet per minute with its standard 85-millimeter drum. This winch was designed for use with any length of double-braid polyester rope with a 12 - 13 mm diameter.

     

    Gear Expert Giveaway - Bose Prize Pack!


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    Video: PMI Impact and Air-Go Climbing Helmets


     

    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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  2. Custom Kitting with Gear Experts®

    GME Supply Custom Kits

    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.

     

    Increased Safety

    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.

     

    Branding

    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.

     

    Limitless Kitting Video


    Partnership and Kitting Podcast


    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.

    We also have a range of other kits available. We offer rescue kits, wind energy kits, solar industry kits, PPE kits, tool kits, and even lifting & rigging kits.

     

    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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  3. Product Spotlight: Petzl GRILLON PLUS Adjustable Positioning Lanyard

    Petzl Grillon

    Positioning yourself where you need to be will make the job a little bit easier when working at height. Beyond that, having the ability to adjust your positioning on the fly – while still maintaining 100% tie-off increases productivity while still maintaining safety standards. Adjustable positioning can be done with the use of specialty equipment and this week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the Petzl GRILLON PLUS Adjustable Positioning Lanyard.

    The Petzl GRILLON PLUS


     

    The GRILLON PLUS is similar to the traditional GRILLON. One of the major differences that you might notice is that the PLUS doesn’t have an abrasion sleeve. That’s because, instead of having a standard kernmantle rope construction, it’s made out of heavy-duty aramid fiber kernmantle rope. Aramid fiber rope provides superior resistance to abrasion when compared to nearly any rope which removes the need for the abrasion sleeve.

    Features


     

    Rope

    Not only is the rope stronger, thanks to the aramid fiber construction, but it also features sewn terminations at both ends. The ends are then covered in a plastic sheath to help keep the connector in position while simultaneously protecting the ends of the rope from abrasion.

    Adjustability

    The adjustability of the GRILLON PLUS is all thanks to the aluminum device that comes attached to the rope. This device is well known for its smoothness when allowing a rope to pass through it.

    Versatility


     

    The GRILLON PLUS is a versatile piece of equipment. It comes in two different lengths – 2 and 3-meter versions. And, if the rope ever needs to be replaced due to damage or any other reason, you can easily swap it out with a GRILLON PLUS Replacement Lanyard. Lastly, it can also be used in two different configurations (or, as we call them, modes). Those modes are double and single mode.

    Single Mode

    Single Mode is used when an anchor is directly above you. This mode will comfortably distribute the load between the belt and the leg loops. Your position can be adjusted by operating the handle while holding the free end of the lanyard.

    Double Mode

    When using the device in double mode, the lanyard is fed through the anchor or structure and the end is secured to one of your hip D-rings while the device is attached to your other D-ring. The double mode technique does a better job at distributing the load to the belt while allowing you to pivot and swing to achieve your desired position.

    Certifications


     

    This lanyard is fancy – no doubt about it. Between the top-of-the-line features and versatility, it’s a device that can come in handy for anyone who needs the ability to position while working at-height. But, perhaps the most important feature is the standards this device meets. It meets ANSI Z359.3, CSA Z259.11, CE EN 385, and CE EN 12841 Type C.

    If you’ve got any questions about the Petzl GRILLON PLUS Adjustable Positioning Lanyard, or anything else related to at-height, industry, and construction, 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.

    Petzl GRILLON PLUS Adjustable Positioning Lanyard: The Video


     

    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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  4. The Cordage Institute: Fiber Rope Inspection & Retirement Criteria

     

    The Cordage Institute

    When it comes to working at-height, inspecting your equipment can make all the difference in job site safety. We’ve covered rope inspection in a previous blog post. You can find that post by clicking here. This week our Gear Experts® are going to provide a broad overview of the organization that sets standards for inspection.

    The Cordage Institute


     

    Fiber rope standards are established by an organization called the Cordage Institute. The Cordage Institute was founded in 1920 and is comprised of a group of fiber rope manufacturers, their suppliers, and affiliated end-user organizations. While the cordage institute sets a wide variety of standards for a wide variety of uses, the standard that is of interest to our industry is the International Guideline for Fiber Rope Inspection and Retirement Criteria – specifically section 4 (CI 2001-04).

    CI 2001-04


     

    As we mentioned above, section four covers fiber rope inspection and retirement criteria. This section is further broken down into sub-sections that outline the different requirements for an effective inspection and retirement program.

    4.1.1

    Section 4.1.1 states that the user is responsible for establishing a program for inspection and retirement that considers conditions of use and degree of risk for the application. It outlines that a program should include:

    • Assignment of supervisory responsibility. Meaning that an individual should be made responsible for establishing the program, training and qualifying inspectors, and preserving records;
    • Written procedures;
    • Training;
    • Record keeping;
    • Establishment of retirement criteria for each application; and
    • Inspection schedules

    4.1.2

    Section 4.1.2 states that ropes that secure or control valuable assets or whose failure would cause serious damage, pollution, or threat to life warrant more scrutiny than ropes in non-critical use. It goes on to state that if a fiber rope is used in a highly demanding application, with potentially critical risks, the advice of a qualified person should be obtained when developing the specific inspection and retirement program.

    4.1.3

    Section 4.1.3 states that the user should continue to revise and refine the program based on experience.

    CI 2001-4.3


     

    Section 4.3 covers rope inspections logs. We have talked about the importance of a rope inspection log in this previous blog post. This section states “An important tool for rope evaluation is a log. This will include data on the type of rope, time in service and description of intended use. The details of every inspection should be entered in the log as to date, location and conclusions. The log should include a regular inspection schedule”.

    Most rope manufacturers include a rope log with their rope. However, if you don’t think it did, or you have lost it, we provide a free downloadable rope log in our Knowledge Base.

    CI 2001-5.1.1


     

    Section 5.1.1 covers rope tags. This is a tag that is attached to the rope that outlines the rope, model number, manufacturing date, MBS, and manufacturer. If this tag is illegible the rope should be retired immediately. If the rope does not come with a tag you can make your own. Also, using shrink tube is an inexpensive solution to attach your tag to a rope and keep it protected.

    Rope Inspection


     

    Section 6 outlines rope inspection. We took a deep dive into rope inspection in this previous blog post. It also talks about rope care & maintenance – like rope wash which we talked about in this blog post. Last, but not least, it covers proper rope storage. We covered rope storage in this blog post.

    Rope Retirement


     

    If a rope’s tag is illegible or if it no longer passes inspection, it is time to retire the rope and purchase a new one. Rope retirement doesn’t mean just throw the rope back in your truck or trailer, it means cutting the rope into pieces so small that it would no longer be useful for a crew to try and use.

    If you’ve got any questions about rope, rope inspection, or rope retirement, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of rope.

    Click here to download your free rope inspection log.

    Click here to see all of our rope focused blog posts.

    **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.

    Rope Videos: The Playlist


     

    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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  5. Tower Consumables

    At GME Supply our mission is to keep you safe and productive on the job. But we don’t stop there. We also pride ourselves in having the know-how and capabilities to provide you with all of the equipment to perform your job not only safely, but effectively. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our full selection of tower consumables.

    Izzy Industries


     

    GME Supply has teamed up with our friends at Izzy Industries to provide an entire line of tower consumables. Izzy Industries is a family owned and operated manufacturer of telecom electrical supply products that are dedicated to innovation in this rapidly growing industry. Izzy’s product lines include cable components, hardware, and weatherproofing gear.

    Tower Consumables


     

    Like we mentioned before, we’ve made a promise to help keep you safe and productive on the job. Part of that promise includes the equipment that you need to do the job once you reach the top of the tower. We’ve teamed up with Izzy so that you can know that you’ve got access to top-quality parts to use.

    Our selection of Izzy products includes Zip Ties, Compression Lugs, End Caps, and Heat Shrink, plus anything else that you could need while at the top of a tower.

    In Stock & Ready to Ship


     

    We understand that when it comes to tower consumables, you don’t always know what you need until a few days before you start the job. That’s why we keep most consumables in stock and ready to ship same day. Simply look for this Quick Ship Label to know if we’ve got the consumables you need in stock. For more details about what Quick Ship means and more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of tower consumables, or if you’re looking for something specific, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our selection of tower consumables.

    **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.

    Tower Consumables: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

     

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  6. Tower Paint 101

    Why paint my tower? How do I know I’m compliant? These are some of the common questions we get about tower painting. At GME supply we know that knowledge is power, and this week our Gear Experts® are going to answer some of the most popular questions we receive about tower paint and markings.

    Why Paint Your Tower?


     

    The FAA has established recommendations for antenna tower painting and lighting in the Federal Code Advisory Circular 47 CFR Part 17. While these are just recommendations the FCC has been given the authority by Congress to make them requirements. According to these requirements, a tower must be lighted or painted if its height exceeds 200 feet or if it is deemed an aviation hazard in any way. For example, short towers that are near airports must be painted or lighted.

    Does Any Orange and White Paint Work?


     

    In short, No. Your paint must meet specific specifications outlined in the federal standard 595 for international aviation colors. The approved colors are Aviation Orange #12197 and Outside White #17875. Color is not the only thing that you need to be aware of, though. Tower paint has to be 100% acrylic exterior latex, formulated specifically for application on galvanized steel.

    Federal standard 595 for international aviation colors.

    Our TowerPlex Tower Paint is specifically designed for use on galvanized antenna towers and it meets federal standard for the correct white and aviation orange colors. These standards ensure consistency throughout the industry for proper color signaling and paint durability.

    Do I Need to Use a Primer?


     

    Using primer is not required, but it is recommended. Using the proper primer under your paint will help it achieve maximum bond to the steel. If you are planning on spraying your tower paint, a nice full coat of primer is highly recommended. If you are doing spot painting on an existing tower, maybe over some new cold galvanizing compound (cold galv) you will want to put some primer on before you put down the tower paint. Primer works, because the alkalinity in TowerPlex Primer bonds with the zinc layer of the galvanization.

    How do I Apply the Paint?


     

    Application can vary by brand, but with TowerPlex Tower Paint you can apply it between 50 and 110° Fahrenheit using a brush, mitt, or spray. Coverage can also vary by brand and situation, but TowerPlex is meant to cover 592 square feet per gallon at 1 mil dry. Ideally when painting a full wet coat is applied overlapping each pass 50% to avoid dusting. If a freeze or rain is possible in the next 24 hours we recommend postponing the painting. Dry time to re-coat typically takes between 4 and 18 hours depending on the outside temperature.

    How Do I Know If I’m Compliant?


     

    To find out if your paint is compliant you can use an FAA Color Chart.  With this chart, you will be able to match your tower to color swatches that meet FAA guidelines for aviation safe colors.

    If you have a question, or just need more information about tower paint, click here to connect with one of our Gear Experts®.

    **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.

    Click here to check out our full selection of tower painting gear.

    Click here to check out our TowerPlex paint selection.

    Click here to check out our FAA Color Chart.

    Tower Paint 101 Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

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  7. Benefits of Using Two-Way Radios

    In the digital age where being connected to the world through cell phones is not only common but an integrated part of everyone’s life, most people don’t have two-way radios at top of mind. However, when it comes to industrial applications and working on the job site, radios can provide benefits that even modern cell phones can’t. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the benefits of using radios.

    One-to-Many and One-to-One


     

    Most people are aware of at least one part of this benefit: one-to-many. Being able to talk to an entire crew or facility with the touch of a single button is pretty nifty. It doesn’t require taking a device out of your pocket, unlocking it, and setting up a conference call as a cell phone would. Radio accessories make it easy to initiate conversation with a mic attached to your shoulder and you don’t have to do anything else to talk to everyone at once.

    Many-to-one is something that isn’t as well-known but solves a problem that some people have with radios. While most of the time when using radios, you will want to talk to everyone at once, sometimes there are situations that warrant one-to-one conversation. Radios can provide that, too. Modern radios, like the Kenwood PKT-23 ProTalk Pocket Sized Portable Radio, have the ability to take a conversation private between two parties.

    Signal Doesn’t Matter


     

    When working on a job site, having a cell phone signal isn’t always possible. A cell phone without a signal is just a personal computer without access to the internet. Radios, on the other hand, don’t need a connection apart from being within range of the person you are talking to. That means that no matter where the job takes you, a radio will keep your crew connected at all times.

    Weak cell phone signal may mean that the device works, but it doesn’t mean it works well. Trying to talk to your crew on a cell phone that is experiencing poor signal quality can be a real downer, add unnecessary stress to the job, and make situations more dangerous. When it comes to radios, as long as you are within range, the clarity of the radio will be perfect every time. And with new digital solutions like the Kenwood NX-240V16P ProTalk Digital 5 Watt VHF Portable Radio, your clarity will be better than ever.

    Durability & Cost


     

    New cell phones, smartphones, in particular, aren't exactly known for their durability. With big glass screens and thin plastic or aluminum bodies, a 3-foot drop can spell doom for a modern cell phone. How about a 10-foot drop?  Forget about it – that phone is toast. While there are cases, tetherable cell phone holders, and a range of other equipment to hold and protect your phone, it’s much easier to just not have to worry. Radios are built tough and with equipment that is IP54, IP55, and IP67 compliant like the NX-P500 2 Watt Radio from Kenwood, you can rest assured that your radio can handle the toughest job sites.

    Cost is possibly one of the biggest benefits. While a good quality radio isn’t exactly “cheap”, it is cheaper than most smartphones. That, coupled with the fact that no monthly payment is required and the durability factor means that your overall cost of purchasing and using a radio is significantly lower than purchasing and replacing cell phones.

    What Radio is the right Radio?


     

    So, you’ve decided you want all of the benefits provided by radios, but now you need to find the right radio for your situation. We’ve got a series of blog posts that can help you make the right choice when it comes to radios. Find out if you need a digital or analog radio in this blog post and in this blog post we talk all about radio accessories.

    If you’ve got more questions about radios or accessories, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Kenwood equipment

    Click here to see our full selection of radios

    Radios: The Playlist


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

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  8. Harness Inspection 101

    Whether you are in telecom, wind, solar, or tree care, construction, or any other at-height industry, the harness you wear is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your arsenal. Your harness is the apex of all your equipment. It is where everything converges, and where the perfect harmony of fall protection meets to ensure your safety on the job site. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to discuss how to properly inspect a harness.

    Harness Inspection


     

    There’s an old saying that states that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That saying goes far beyond chains – and in the context of this blog post, it is also true for fall protection. As we said in the opening of this post, your harness is an integral part of your fall protection setup. But no harness will last forever, and sometimes unforeseen events can cause the harness to need to be replaced. That’s where harness inspection comes in.

    Harness inspection is a pretty simple concept – it is the act of reviewing your harness before climbing to ensure that the harness will remain functioning both while you climb and in the event of a fall. The actual act of inspecting the harness can have some mild variance depending on the construction of the harness. The main things to consider are what type of buckle system (pass through, tongue buckle, or quick connect) the harness has and whether it has a waist belt or not.

    Before you start your inspection, we highly recommend having a harness inspection form. A harness inspection form will help you keep records of when you inspected the harness as well as information like the serial number, date of first use, who inspected it, and any other notes about the inspection. We have a free downloadable harness inspection for in our Knowledge Base. Click here for your free copy of the form.

    What to Inspect


     

    Once you start the inspection, what exactly should you inspect?

    Labels & Markings

    The first thing to inspect is the labels and markings. Are all the labels intact? Do you have all the appropriate ANSI, OSHA, & CSA markings required? What is the date of first use? Has an impact indicator (sign of deployment) been triggered?

    Hardware

    Next, we want to start looking at the harness hardware. What condition are the shoulder adjustment buckles in? What about the leg and waist buckles? What about the other hardware the harness features? The D-rings should be closely inspected as well (the dorsal, side, shoulder, and/or sternal). Lastly, is any of the hardware corroded, pitting, or nicked?

    Webbing & Stitching

    The final piece of the puzzle is to inspect the webbing and stitching. What condition are the shoulder, chest, leg, and back straps in? Does the harness have any cuts, burns, or holes? Is there any paint contamination? What about excessive wear, heat corrosion, or UV damage? How is the stitching and is it affected by any of the above checks?

    Retiring a Harness


     

    The purpose of inspecting a harness is to make sure that the harness can handle the job it was meant to do. If the harness fails inspection that means it is not in compliance with ANSI requirements and should be retired and replaced immediately.

    If you’ve got questions about harness inspection, or if your harness has failed inspection and you’re looking for something new, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to download your free harness inspection form from our Knowledge Base

    Click here to access our full selection of inspection forms

    Click here to see our full selection of fall protection harnesses

    **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.

    Fall Protection Harnesses: The Playlist


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

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  9. Fall Protection Rescue Kit Buying Guide

    It’s no secret that climbing towers for a living is a dangerous job. While we would all like to believe that accidents don’t happen, we know they do. Being prepared for emergency situations is not only important but also required by law. Finding and sourcing all the equipment needed for your rescue “kit” can take up too much of your time. Here at GME Supply, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we carry a full selection of pre-assembled rescue kits. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to go over what things you need to look for in a rescue kit.

    Rescue Kits


     

    Rescue kits are fantastic because they include everything you need to perform a rescue. One important thing to point out is that not every rescue kit is going to be right for every rescue. Beyond that, there may be special circumstances that require additional equipment or highly specialized kits. We will cover that in more detail later. For now, let’s focus on standard rescue kits.

    What’s Included


     

    Most rescue kits are going to come with a standard set of equipment. However, it is important that you check and make sure the kit has the equipment you need and that it meets your specifications. The standard items that will come in nearly every kit are a rope, a rope bag, a descender, carabiners, a pick-off strap (or haul system), and a sling.

    What to Look For


     

    What you need in your kit will be dependent on the situations you encounter the most. No two rescues are the same and that makes a kit that can cover every situation impossible to build. But, with a little help from our Gear Experts® we can have you in compliance and ready to go with a safety plan.

    When looking for rescue kits there are many things to consider. Let’s break down some of the key points that you need to consider before you purchase.

    Rope: When looking at the rope (lifeline) that the kit comes with some key things to look at are rope diameter, length, and color. For more about how to find the perfect rope, click here to check out our blog post all about rope.

    Rope Bag: Your rope bag helps you transport and protect your rope. Some things to consider about the rope bag are material, weather resistance, size, and color. We've got a blog post that covers rope bags, too. Click here to check it out!

    Descender: A descender is a convenient and intricate part of any rescue system. Some things to look for are features like anti-panic, rope compatibility, weight, and certifications.

    Carabiners: Carabiners are a versatile tool and have a range of functions. Things to look for in your rescue kit carabiners are gate style, size, certifications, and load ratings.

    Pick-Off Strap: Pick-off straps help you transfer a load during rescue situations. The most important things to consider for a pick-off strap is adjustable length and MBS.

    Haul System: A haul system can help prevent difficulties when performing a rescue. And when someone’s life is on the line ease of use can make all the difference. Some things to consider when looking at a haul system include ease of use, mechanical advantage, and details about the equipment utilized in the system.

    Specialty and Custom Rescue Kits


     

    Sometimes the jobs you perform are uncommon and require a specialty kit. We feature a selection of different rescue kits that are specialized for certain situations like self-rescues, wind rescue, and crane tech rescues.  If you have a specific type of kit that you need built – we’ve got you covered there too.

    Our state of the art account management system allows us to create custom kits, built specifically to suit your needs. The benefit of this type of system is that next time you call in; you have the same pricing and the same products every time. You don’t have to go through countless emails and talk to 5 different people to make sure that you are getting the exact same kit you got last time because we do that for you.

    Would you like to build your custom kit, looking to get some advice on which kit is best for your situation, or simply have questions? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **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.

    Click here to see our full selection of Fall Protection Rescue Kits

    Fall Protection Rescue Kits: Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

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  10. Product Spotlight: Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System

    In a perfect world, we would never have to talk about emergency situations. But, sometimes accidents happen and here a GME Supply we take pride in helping keep you safe on the job – and better informed about what gear can help when you need it the most. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover the Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System.

    What’s Included


     

    An emergency system isn’t very useful if it doesn’t have the gear needed to handle the situation in a safe and effective manner. So, let’s go over what is included in the Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System.

    Descent Device

    This system features the Sterling Rope PDQ Control Descent Device. The PDQ Device is made from lightweight high strength aluminum and has an asymmetric cam, features hands-free lock-off, and an anti-panic feature. It weighs only 6.8 ounces and has an MBS of 13.3 kN.

    Rope

    Depending on the needs of your system you can get two different lengths of rope – 100 mm (328 ft) or 120 mm (394 ft). The rope is 6 mm XTEC Technora heat resistant high strength rope. It features a Technora sheath and the core offers maximum cut and abrasion resistance.

    Carabiners

    There are 2 ASD carabiners included in the system. They are auto-locking D-Shaped aluminum carabiners with a threaded captive eye pin and 3,600 lb gate.

    Bag

    The bag completes the system and provides an easy way to take the system up and down a tower. It is a weatherproof bag that also provides storage protection. The low profile roll top bag includes a shoulder strap for ease of transportation and has a 22-liter capacity.

    Features


     

    The Sterling Rope PDQ Escape System is lightweight and strong, making it ideal for tower, wind turbine, and other at-height applications. It is heat resistant to over 900°F, is rated up to 310 lbs., and meets ANSI Z359.4. The kit comes fully assembled and ready for fast deployment and it weighs under 10 lbs. – 8.85 lbs. to be exact.

    Mechanical Advantage


     

    If you’re looking to gain some mechanical advantage with the PDQ system you can easily pair it with the Sterling Rope PDQ Raise and Rescue Kit. The micro pulleys and anchor slings in this kit help to convert the PDQ Tower Descent kit to a mechanical advantage system for raising a fallen worker and transferring them to a lowering system.

    Click here to see the Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System

    Click here to see the Sterling Rope PDQ Raise and Rescue Kit

    Click here to see our full selection of Sterling Rope Products

    **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.

    Sterling Rope PDQ Tower Emergency Descent System: The Video


     

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