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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important part of the gear list of any tower climber and GME Supply is here to help ensure that you can get the gear you need when you need it. From ergonomics, gloves, hearing protection, and helmets to hi-vis gear, eyewear, and work boots GME Supply is your source for all PPE & Work Wear.
Tower climbing is no easy job. It take a tenacious and strong-willed individual to go out and climb 100s of feet up metal structures all day. The career of a tower climber can wreak havoc on the body. That’s why helping you in every way we can is a priority here at GME Supply. We offer a full selection of ergonomic supports including wrist wraps, back supports, kneeling pads, knee pads, and elbow sleeves.
Your hands are your trade and protecting them is a priority. There are many different situations when doing work in the tower climbing industry that requires gloves specifically made for certain uses. At GME Supply, our Gear Experts® have spent years sourcing the best gloves from around the globe so you can keep your hands safe in any situation. Our gloves include coated gloves, cut-resistant gloves, economy gloves, and trade gloves.
Coated gloves have a wide range of uses. Depending on the liner and dip coating these gloves can be used for jobs ranging from industrial manufacturing to chemical resistance.
When looking at gloves one of the most important things to look at is how effective those gloves are at protecting your hands from sharp and abrasive material. That’s where cut-resistant gloves come in. The telecom industry is no stranger to sharp edges and jagged metal - that’s why our Gear Experts® put together some of our favorite cut resistant gloves. We feature gloves ranging from ANSI A1 to A8 cut resistance and even have gloves that are compatible with your favorite touchscreen device. ANSI recently updated their cut resistance standards - we’ve got you covered there too. Be sure to check out this blog post about the ANSI/ISEA 105-16 standard on cut protection for more information.
Economy gloves are perfect for when the job doesn’t call for heavier duty gloves, but you still need a protective layer on your hand. These gloves are lighter and thinner, but that doesn’t mean they can’t protect your hands from dirt, dust, grime, and some chemicals.
Trade gloves are designed for the people who get the job done. With many specialized options to choose from, you’ll find the exact trade gloves you need for any application. Whether you need anti-vibration gloves, high impact gloves, climbing gloves, or fingerless gloves - we've got them all. Many of our trade gloves also offer additional benefits that not only keep you safe from harsh environments but also help reduce the effects of mother nature on the job.
Our trade gloves offer many features including water resistance, cut resistance, abrasion resistance, and weather resistance. In the cold of winter having a thermal insulated glove that also features the cut resistance you need to get the job done can be the difference between “another day in paradise” and “the worst day on the job yet”.
Job sites have a tendency to be loud - really loud - and tower sites are no different. As a tower climber, you come into contact with a whole slew of loud equipment. Constant exposure to loud noises can completely destroy your hearing and cause a real inconvenience for you later in life. That’s why our Gear Experts® have sourced a wide variety of disposable and reusable earplugs, hearing bands, and earmuffs.
When looking at hearing protection it is important to keep in mind what type of rating it has. In the US the rating structure is based on NRR (Noise Reduction Rating). This will be listed as a number between 0 and 33 where the number represents the maximum decibel level the hearing protection will protect you from.
When choosing your helmet for your tower climbing gear setup you should consider a range of factors. The best helmet choices will include helmets that are designed for working in vertical positions that feature a four-point chin strap. Other features to look for are electrical insulation, adjustable inserts, sweatbands, and ear muff slots.
There are two types of helmets (type 1 and type 2) classified by ANSI Z89.1-2014 for different levels of protection. Type 1 helmets are designed to only take a blow directly to the top of the head. Type 2 helmets have been designed to reduce the force from lateral impact such as an off-center and/or side impact, in addition to top impacts. These helmets have visible padding on the sides.
There are 3 classes (C, E, & G) that specify electrical protection. Class C helmets are considered conductive and do not provide any electrical protection, these are typically vented and only protect workers from an impact. Class E hard hats offer protection from high voltage conductors up to 20,000 volts, and cannot have any vents in the design. Lastly, Class G offers protection from low voltage conductors up to 2,200 volts, they must also be free of holes for ventilation.
Helmets are not designed to last forever. Service life begins from the time it is put into service and that date should be properly labeled and documented. The suspension should be replaced annually (after 12 months) and the helmet should be replaced after no more than 5 years. If the helmet sustains an impact, it must be retired immediately even if there is no visible damage.
Proper inspection should be taken each time the helmet is worn. Suspension should be installed and worn as the manufacturer intended. Exposure to paint and chemicals may damage the structure of the helmet, therefore steps must be taken to remove paint or chemicals after every use. Pressure sensitive, non-metallic stickers and self-adhesive tape are typically accepted however we strongly recommend you refer to the manufacturers' specifications before applying anything on the surface of the helmet.
There are many low visibility situations when working in the tower industry. Not to mention, mother nature doesn’t make every day sunny. You need to be seen on the job site to stay safe. Stand out from the crowd and stand out on the job site with our wide selection of hi-vis apparel. Our high visibility workwear includes a range of sizes and colors. We have both class 2 and class 3 safety apparel to ensure you have the gear you need to get the job done.
Class 2 items are intended for environments that pose a greater risk than those that require a Class 1 traditional safety yellow or orange material. Class 2 apparel is medium sized because of the ANSI requirements. A class 2 article of clothing must have at least 775 inches of safety yellow or orange material and 201 square inches of reflective striping.
Class 3 items are intended for dangerous environments and are typically larger because of the ANSI requirements. They must have 310 square inches of reflective striping and 1,240 inches of safety yellow or orange material.
Your eyes are important - especially when you are climbing all day long. Keeping your eyes protected from harm is a key part of a safety strategy. Protective eyewear is the perfect way to keep your eyes out of harm's way while you're working out in the field. We have a huge selection of protective eyewear available so you can find the perfect fit and style for any application. Whether you need safety glasses, goggles, hard hat extensions, or face shields, we’ve got the perfect pair for you. Protective eyewear hasn’t always been known for looking cool – but staying safe has always been in style.
We have a wide selection of safety glasses that are ANSI Z87 rated, which is the standard that requires the glasses to go through extensive testing. You can find out more information about the Z87 rating and the testing methods in this youtube video and in our knowledge base. Our safety glasses also come in a variety of lens tints, frame styles, and frame colors making it even easier for you to find the best pair to suit your specific needs and style.
As a tower climber, you constantly rely on your feet. Your work boots should be more than comfortable, they should protect you from the many hazards that can be present while on the job. At GME Supply we take your safety seriously, and that includes your feet, too. We’ve got a wide selection of work boots that will help keep your feet comfortable and safe day in and day out.
Need help finding a specific pair of boots or have other questions? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.