The Gravitec Difference: Fall Protection Equipment

The Gravitec Difference: Fall Protection Equipment

The Gravitec Difference By Caitlin Bearman, Senior Equipment Advisor We live in a time when one-stop shopping, bulk club discount stores, and online warehouses are at the forefront of our shopping experience. The consumer has been conditioned to value speed of...
Powered Ascenders

Powered Ascenders

Powered Ascenders By WIlo Castillo, Senior Training Advisor It has been said that “necessity is the mother of invention,” this is no different in the access world. For years ropes were utilized to access hard to reach areas, and those techniques could require a...
The Dangers of Buying Used Fall Protection Gear Online

The Dangers of Buying Used Fall Protection Gear Online

The Dangers of Buying Used Fall Protection Gear Online By Caitlin Bearman, Equipment Advisor The number one reason people look to buy used gear online is to save money on products that come with a hefty price tag. To some, saving a couple hundred dollars on something...
Beyond a Rope Access Kit

Beyond a Rope Access Kit

Beyond a Rope Access Kit By Joel Schwarcz This is not a rope access kit, it’s better. Gravitec has assembled a kit built from the best components available, aimed to function in all conditions and applications. From long days working on rope to advanced rescue,...
The Next Generation of Snaphooks?

The Next Generation of Snaphooks?

The Next Generation of Snaphooks? By Diego Oliver, Training Specialist DBI-SALA Force2 Hi-Vis Elastic Shock Absorbing Lanyard DBI-SALA Force2 Tie-Back Shock Absorbing Lanyard It seems snaphooks have not changed a whole lot in the last decade. I quickly noticed the new...
Carabiner Showdown

Carabiner Showdown

Carabiner Showdown Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes… Change can be hard, even David Bowie knew that. But with time, comes advances in technology and improvements in fall protection. Some of you may remember what harnesses used to be like—body belts that often led to internal organ...
Gravitizer Harness Kit

Gravitizer Harness Kit

Gravitizer Harness Kit Thank you for playing along with our April Fool’s shenanigans! Maybe one day the technology to be able to mark our PPE without compromising its integrity will exist. In the meantime, take care to always inspect equipment prior to each use....
The Z-Rig Followup

The Z-Rig Followup

The Z-Rig Followup Making Your Z-Rig Work For You – Levi Delong So you’ve got yourself a Z-rig. Maybe Santa even brought you that tactical version you’ve been asking for. Now what?  There are a lot of uses for a Z-rig, but let’s look at a few ways to make it...
The Z-Rig

The Z-Rig

The Z-Rig You’ll find Z-rig setups in every industry.  It’s a handy combo of a rope grab, carabiner, and pulley – a compact system that affords the user the ability to quickly redirect lines and lift a great amount of weight. With its versatile application, a...
Y-Lanyards

Y-Lanyards

Why Y-Lanyards? Lanyards consisting of a single length of webbing often restrict the user’s range of movement to a 6′ (1.8 m) radius around the anchor location. Another issue is 100% protection.  To move, the lanyard must be disconnected, possibly creating fall...
Energy Absorbers

Energy Absorbers

Energy Absorbers Energy absorbers are a critical component to any fall protection system. In the event of a fall an energy absorber reduces the energy exerted on the user in order to keep impact forces around 900 lb.—well below the injury threshold for the majority of...
Inspecting Your Petzl I’D Descender

Inspecting Your Petzl I’D Descender

Inspecting Your Petzl I’D Descender If you’ve used the PETZL I’D Descender, you know why it’s so well loved by rope access technicians, rescue professionals, tower climbers, and many others. The I’D provides efficient and smooth control...
Harness Buddy Check

Harness Buddy Check

Harness Buddy Check No matter what type and style of full body harness is being used, the wearer should have a co-worker check the following five points to ensure the harness is being warn correctly: Is the sub-pelvic strap located under the buttocks Are the leg loops...
Better Safe Than Sorry

Better Safe Than Sorry

Better Safe Than Sorry Download Poster Download Poster Helmets Save Lives For over 100 years the National Safety Council has been focusing on preventable injuries in the workplace—often through humorous posters. A lot has changed since the 50’s, but a helmet and...
Fall Protection Harness Inspection

Fall Protection Harness Inspection

Fall Protection Harness Inspection All fall protection wears out and must be inspected before each use by the authorized person. Many accidents and fatalities have occurred because equipment was not inspected. Before any fall protection harness is used, its condition...
How to Don a Full Body Harness

How to Don a Full Body Harness

How to Don a Full Body Harness LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY DON YOUR HARNESS Step by step guide for donning common full body harnesses. This procedure will vary a little from one manufacturer’s harness to another, but the basic steps will remain the same. Vest-Style...
Tower Harness Comparison – Reviews & Ratings

Tower Harness Comparison – Reviews & Ratings

Tower Harness Comparison – Reviews & Ratings A Full Body Harness is an integral part of any fall protection system. With so many innovations in harness design it can be difficult to select the perfect harness. Our instructors log over 50,000 climbing hours a...
Carabiners, Snaphooks, and Kilonewtons

Carabiners, Snaphooks, and Kilonewtons

Carabiners, Snaphooks, and Kilonewtons Types of fall protection connectors Dependable connecting hardware is essential to any fall arrest and restraint system. We’ll show you some of the most common connectors in fall protection. We’ll also explain what a...
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