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Climb Higher - A blog about Tower Climbing Safety Gear

  1. Climb Higher Without Interruption

    Rope Grab Group


    If you’ve ever had to climb a tower without a vertical lifeline, you probably realize how much nicer it is to climb with a rope grab. If you’ve never climbed with a rope grab… well, you’re missing out, pal.

    Attaching Rope Grab


    Rope grabs are those nice little fall arrest devices that travel up and down a vertical lifeline with you. They generally have a cam design that will lock onto the rope in case you fall. They let you get work done with both of your hands, and you don’t have to worry about attaching a lanyard every couple feet to be tied off.


    These lightweight little dudes can be attached and detached at any point on the rope (while you’re tied off in another way, obviously!) and considering they could save your life – they’re inexpensive, as well.


    Some rope grabs come with an attached lanyard, others don’t. Be sure to ask the folks at GME Supply if you need to pick up a shock absorbing lanyard. Once you have the grab on the lifeline, hook your lanyard to your harness and you’re ready to climb. A proper setup will use a lanyard of no more than 3 feet and limit any fall to no more than 6 feet.


    Be sure to know how much you weigh with all of your tools and gear. While there shouldn’t be issues with how much a rope grab can support, you can’t be too careful. Check out the manufacturer instructions, and follow them!


    There are a few different kinds of rope grabs with different features out on the market, so give us a call or check out our selection online.


    We’d love to hook you up with the perfect rope grab so you can Climb Higher.

  2. Not Your Average Metal Loop

    This little loop of metal has come a long way. The term carabiner comes from German, “karabinerhaken” which means hook for a carbine. Before they were saving your life, the first carabiners were used for sailing and weren’t made to support a load. They usually just had a spring loaded wire closure, which was not made to catch a person’s weight, when they… say… fell off a tower.


    Two Carabiners


    The first load-bearing carabiners were hand forged steel. Lighter aluminum versions came around WWII but there were no safety features, such as auto-twist gates. And the shapes were pretty basic ­– usually just an oval, which led to cross-gate loading, causing the ropes to slip out. That’s bad.


    Obviously, a lot has changed over decades. Carabiners are better, and you should be pretty pumped about that. Instead of an oval there are offset D shapes or larger pear shaped carabiners. The closing function is much better. Instead of a light wire gate, there are screw or auto twist gates. Each revision has made the carabiner more functional and safer. That’s good.

    Carabiner ANSI Gate


    In our industry, carabiners must comply with specific regulations. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) says that for a carabiner to be used in fall protection it must have a strength rating of 5,000 pounds, or 22 kilonewtons and gate strength of 3,600 pounds, or 16 kilonewtons. The tested and approved ratings are always stamped or printed somewhere on the carabiner and gate. If you're not sure if yours are rated, or the stamps aren't visible… DON’T USE THEM!! (In case you were wondering: A newton is the force required to accelerate a one-kilogram mass one meter per second per second. 1000 N = 1kN = 224.8 lb force) OK! Enough math.


    There are obviously a wide variety of carabiners, and they all have the same basic parts:

    • The body, which is a loop
    • The gate and hinge, which open to allow attachment
    • The inner sleeve, which is what the gate twists around


    Different carabiner options may work better for one application over another.  GME Supply can help you select the best one for you, so you can Climb Higher!


    Carabiner Gate Closeup

  3. Hand Injuries

    Hand ProtectionYou use your hands to operate basically any tool. You use your hands to climb, carry, tighten, loosen, hold, and lift. If you injure your hands, you’re not going to be productive. Your hands are probably the most important part of your body. Turns out, they’re also the most injured.

    According to the CDC, there are almost 1.9 million hand injuries per year by workers in the US. 1.9 million!

    Hands can be injured in a variety of ways:

    • Cuts and punctures
    • Extreme temperatures
    • Chemical and thermal burns
    • Vibrations
    • Impact


    Obviously all injuries can’t be prevented but according to one study, wearing gloves reduces the risk of injury by 60%. Meanwhile, 70% of hand injuries are from workers not wearing gloves. Another large percentage was wearing incorrect or damaged gloves.

    Hand injuries also cost a lot. $382 million a year. They’re the second most expensive injury, only being beat by back strain.  They will crank up your insurance, could lead to fines or even law suits. An average claim on a hand injury is over 6 grand. And while that injury is being taken care of, you’re losing productivity.

    There is a very wide variety of glove types. Whether you need gloves that add grip and dexterity or increase cut and abrasion resistance, GME Supply can find you the right glove to meet your needs. We carry gloves for any application from a variety of brands.

  4. Milwaukee Tools and Brushed vs. Brushless Motors

    Click here to view all Milwaukee products and current offers!


    Milwaukee makes some of the best tools out there. They have been doing their thing for over 85 years, improving and innovating on tools that you need to stay productive and efficient. Right now, if you trade in your old tools to GME Supply, we’re offering $100 off any new Milwaukee M18™ product. Go here for more info on the trade in program.


    Milwaukee Rebate Banner


    M18™ is the fastest growing 18V system around. These things do what you used to need an extension cord and a corded tool to do. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s the short version. They’re professional grade, lightweight, ergonomic tools with 18V lithium batteries that keep going long after others have died. You don’t make money while you’re waiting for your batteries to charge!


    Milwaukee Fuel Drills


    The M18 Fuel™ System has killer brushless motors and REDLINK PLUS™ that makes sure your tool is working as hard as it can and as efficiently as possible. While we’re on the subject, let’s look at the differences between brushed and brushless motors.

    Now, motors are all about magnets. As we all know, opposites attract and likes repel. When put together and correctly controlled, magnets inside a motor create rotational motion and spin the axle. Motors are everywhere, including power tools like drills.

    There are two basic types of motors that are used in drills: brushed and brushless. Both do essentially the same thing. They pump electricity through an electromagnet which is positioned near permanent magnets. This creates spin. The polarity of the magnet has to be flipped every 180 degrees, though. If the polarity weren’t changed, the motor would turn 180 degrees and stop. The way this polarity flip is created is the difference between brushed and brushless motors.

    In a brushed motor, the electromagnet passes through a pair of brushes which flip the polarity and makes the motor spin. While this is a very simple and cost efficient way to make a motor, it does have drawbacks. The brushes can spark and create electrical noise, and they also limit the maximum speed of the motor. The motor also runs hotter due to the friction from the brushes. The biggest drawback, though, is the fact that the brushes wear out. If the motor isn’t serviced, eventually it will start losing power and then fail. That's an expensive repair.

    A brushless motor basically turns a traditional motor inside out, eliminating the need for brushes. It puts the electromagnets on the outside and the permanent magnet as the rotating piece on the inside. The polarity swap is handled by a small computer which rapidly turns the electromagnets on and off to spin the rotor. While this motor is more expensive to manufacture, it is more efficient and has a longer life. These very precise motors have virtually no wear parts and operate much cooler.

    Each motor has it's place, but the latest and greatest is definitely the brushless motors that are featured in the M18 Fuel™ system.

    Remember to check out our trade in program to get $100 off your Milwaukee purchase and to learn more about what tools are right for you to get the job done safely and effeciently, contact our customer service department   at (800) 940-6762 or email

  5. Gear Giveaway

    You like gear.

    We're giving it away.

    $200+ worth of it, actually.

    Free Gear Photo

    All you have to do for a chance to win is review any product on our site, We don’t care if you love it or hate it, just tell us what you think. Once you submit that puppy, you’ll be entered to win.

    Look for the button that says, “Write a Review” on any product page to start your review. The more you enter, the greater your chance of winning. If you’ve used a product, tell us what you thought of it!

    Your reviews help us get you the best stuff. They also help you know what you need to Climb Higher! Get all your submissions in by October, 31st if you want to win the first drawing.

    If you have questions, give our customer service folks a ring at (800) 940-6762 or email

  6. New! GME Supply Bags and Buckets

    GME Supply is proud to announce the release of our brand new line of canvas bolt bags and lift buckets. These bags are strong, durable, and made in the USA!


    Our bolt bags are made of heavy-duty canvas with rivets for extra strength, and come in three different styles:


    First, the GM-5416TCP Extra Tall Top-Closing Bolt Bag, which is 12” tall and opens to 9” by 5” and has a 3” drawstring top.


    Next is the GM-5141P Extra Large Utility Bag, which is 10” by 12” by 5” with a 9”by 5” interior pocket and has a leather bottom for extra durability.


    Finally, the GM-5416T Bull-Pin and Bolt Bag is 10” tall and opens to 9” by 5” and has bull-pin loops for tool storage. Video coming soon!




    Our lift buckets, or nose bags, feature a high-strength webbing handle that is stitched down the length of the bag for better load distribution. The straps can be purchased with or without a swivel snaphook.


    The GM-5104 Leather Bottom Canvas Bucket is 17” by 12” with a high-density polyethylene top ring for strength and chemical resistance. The leather cuff extends 3” up the side and the bucket also has an 8” interior pocket.


    The GM-5109 Plastic Bottom Canvas Bucket is 15” by 12” and has a durable molded polypropylene bottom. This bucket also has a high-density polyethylene top ring.


    To learn more about any of these bags, visit the product page. Be sure to like us on facebook for daily product videos and news about our latest products!

  7. Fall Arrest Gear

    Using The Proper Fall Arrest Gear Reduces The Risk Of Injury

    Each day across the country, workers are required to perform highly dangerous jobs. While each job may be unique, one of the factors that can greatly increase the risk factor associated with a job relates to the height at which the work tasks are performed. For example, painting a wall may not be a highly dangerous job, but painting the top of a tower dozens of feet above the ground can be risky. You value your employees’ safety, and you also want to ensure that you comply with all federal standards for safety in the workplace. One way that you can accomplish this is by investing in the highest quality fall arrest gear available.

    GME Supply is your best source for tower climbing gear. Whether a worker is climbing up the ladder, standing on an elevated platform or trying to climb back down the ladder after a task is performed, there is always a risk that he will fall. A fall from a great height can result in injuries like broken bones, internal bleeding and head trauma, and such an event may even be fatal. However, the tower climbing supplies available through GME Supply can help you to keep your workers safe. Fall arrest gear available through the website may include shock absorbing lanyards, carabineers, harnesses and other equipment. This tower climbing equipment may be designed to absorb the shock or impact that a worker may experience if he falls or even to prevent him from falling altogether.

    When shopping for fall arrest gear, you want to ensure that the equipment that you purchase is high in quality and complies with federal safety guidelines. While these may be your most important shopping criteria, you also may be trying to find the right gear at an affordable price. GME Supply is widely known for providing the best selection of tower climbing gear and safety equipment. We only carry products made from the top manufacturers in the industry, and we offer highly competitive prices on all of our merchandise. In fact, you may purchase all of the tower climbing gear that you need through our website.

  8. Tower Climbing and Ladder Safety Equipment

    OSHA Regulations Requires Ladder Safety Equipment and Tower Climbing Equipment

    Ladder Safety Equipment and Tower Climbing EquipmentMany workers across the country and beyond perform dangerous activities to earn a living. These workers may climb ladders, work at the top of towers or work on elevated platforms to perform various tasks, and there is always a risk that they may fall and be injured. If you or your own workers perform these tasks, you may be aware that you may be required by federal law to provide them with certain types of ladder safety equipment and tower climbing equipment for their health and safety. OSHA standards may also be in place that may affect you and your workers. Safety equipment may be used to ensure that the workers can climb up and down ladders safely and to prevent them from falling while they are at the top of a ladder performing their tasks.

    When shopping for the best tower climbing and ladder safety equipment possible, you want to pay attention to the reputation of the manufacturer, the quality of the equipment and the price. Ideally, you will make an investment into tower safety gear that will keep your workers safe but that also is priced at a reasonable level. If these are the same criteria that you are shopping with today, GME Supply is your best resource.

    Through GME Supply, you will find all of the ladder safety and tower climbing equipment that you will need to provide to your workers. With most tower climbing activities, multiple types of gear are needed, and you can rest assured that you will find everything you need conveniently through our website. In fact, we carry everything from steel cables and guides to lower and upper brackets, ladder gates, carabiners, rope grabs and more. In addition, we carry supplies like gear bags, safety harnesses, helmets and other items that may be required to keep your workers safe too.

    You can get started shopping for the gear that your workers need to be safe on the job by perusing our website. You will find that we offer highly competitive rates on name brand merchandise. When quality and value matter most, you can find the gear that your workers need for safety in the workplace through our website.

  9. DBI Lad Saf Ladder System

    Employers are required by various federal laws and OSHA standards to provide employees with a safe work environment. However, some work environments by definition are simply more dangerous for employees to work in than others and this means that some workers are at a greater risk for sustaining injuries while on the job. For example, in some jobs, workers may be required to climb ladders or tall towers on a regular basis. The most significant danger associated with these jobs relates to the possibility of falling, but you can prevent serious injury from occurring with a fall by investing in tower climbing equipment like the DBI Sala Lad Saf.

    GME Supply carries an amazing selection of safety gear that is well-suited for every job. The DBI Sala Lad Saf is a tried-and-true safety device made by a reputable company, and it can be used by all of your employees who regularly climb ladders or towers. GME Supply has a complete selection of fall prevention and safety gear to suit all needs. DBI manufacturers other safety gear as well, as you can find its selection of products on the GME Supply website. Tower climbing gear may include various styles of lanyards, body belts and harnesses.

    While you may need to purchase the DBI Sala Lad Saf or other related tower climbing supplies to keep your employees safe as well as to ensure compliance with federal laws and OSHA standards, it is understandable that you want to get the best deal on your equipment. DBI equipment is widely known for its high quality and dependability, and you can find the best price on these supplies when you shop online through GME Supply. When you skimp on quality for the sake of affordability, you do run the risk of providing your employees with lower-quality supplies that may not comply with safety guidelines in place. However, you can rest assured that you are providing them with the best supplies possible when you shop for your gear through GME Supply. Take time today to explore some of the options available, and order the supplies that all of your work crews need.

  10. Affordable Ladder Safety Equpment and Supplies

    Ladder Safety Systems and Equipment with GME Supply

    Keeping your employees safe on the job is a top priority. You don’t want to see harm come to any of your employees, and there are also liability issues as well as issues with OSHA compliance that your company may face if you don’t take the proper steps to keep them safe. In some work environments, a ladder safety system is an OSHA requirement, and you may be looking for the right system for your needs. You can find a great selection of these safety systems through GME Supply, and most of the equipment featured for sale is compliant with OSHA guidelines.

    There are many components to a ladder safety system. For example, a safety cable line, a steel safety cable, a powered climb assist system, a wire rope grab, a pass-through cable guide and other types of tower climbing equipment may be used in conjunction with a complete safety system. You can review the various components of a ladder system through GME Supply. Keep in mind that the components featured on this site are made by some of the most highly reputable and trusted safety equipment manufacturers in the industry. These are supplies and equipment options that you can rely on to keep your employees safe on the job. More than that, GME Supply strives to provide you with an affordable way to keep your employees safe. These components and full systems may be available through other retailers, but you will find the best prices through GME Supply.

    With workers being required to climb ladders to reach the tops of towers, platforms or other feature. They may need to complete construction from this elevated area, make a repair or perform some other critical task. There are federal laws in place that are designed to protect the safety and well-being of those who climb to elevated heights at work, and OSHA standards also must be met by the employer. In order to comply with these standards and regulations, it is imperative that you provide your workers with the right safety equipment. You can find all of the ladder safety equipment that you need by exploring the GME Supply website. DBI Sala Lad Saf Ladder Safety System

    Through GME Supply, you can find complete ladder safety systems, or you can purchase the ladder safety equipment components individually based on your workers’ unique needs. We carry a wide range of equipment to suit all needs, and our products are made by some of the most reputable and dependable work safety equipment manufacturers in the world. Through our website, you can find ladder gates, steel safety cables, cable brackets, cable guides, powered assist systems, rope grabs with carabiners and other safety items. These items can help your workers reach the top of the ladders safely, and we also provide an excellent selection of safety harnesses, winches, lanyards and other products that can also be used to promote safety in the workplace.

    In fact, GME Supply is your complete resource for all of your safety equipment needs. In addition to provide you with access to ladder safety systems and components, you can also find a selection of safety harnesses, lanyards and other tower climbing supplies and gear necessary to keep your workers safe. No employer wants to see an employee get injured on the job, but they often must purchase equipment that is priced at an affordable level for their budget. Because GME Supply offers quality gear at an affordable price, you can count on the company for all of your safety gear.

    DBI Sala Ladder Safety Cable SystemWhen shopping for ladder safety equipment, you may be most interested in finding the highest quality equipment at the best price. Because all of the equipment featured on our website is designed with quality and durability in mind, you can rest assured that our website is the best resource for you to use to find all of the equipment that you need. More than that, we strive to provide our customers with the best prices on this equipment. You can easily find everything that you need in one convenient location when you browse through our selection of products.

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