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When working in the concrete industry, you need to know that the gear you use is built tough. From safety equipment to tools, knowing your equipment is tough and reliable can ensure that you are able to be safe while doing more. Our Gear Experts® have hand picked a selection of gear that will keep you safe and productive on the job.
Whether you’re looking for harnesses, retractables, tools, and PPE & work wear, we’ve got the gear you need. How about rescue equipment, anchorage, lifelines, and perimeter protection? We’ve got you covered there, too. And with FREE same-day shipping on hundreds of products, you can get the equipment you need when and where you need it.
At Columbia Safety and Supply, we know fall protection. We’ve spent the last decade focusing on at-height industries and fall protection. A key component of any fall protection setup is your safety harness. A safety harness not only needs to be functional, but comfortable as well. We offer a wide variety of harnesses built with the concrete industry in mind.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing your harness is what materials the harness and hardware (like D-rings and other connectors are made of). You should also look at connection styles, sizing, and any applicable certifications.
Materials: Any fall protection harness is going to feature aluminum or steel D-rings. Aluminum D-rings are lighter but more expensive. Steel D-rings, on the other hand, are cheaper but much heavier.
D-rings, Connectors, and Sizing: You have 3 main options in connectors - tongue buckle, pass-through buckle, and quick connect buckle. Sizing varies depending on the manufacturer and we have a sizing chart reference guide to help you ensure that your harness will fit the way you need it to stay safe.
Certifications: When looking at full body harnesses it is important to keep in mind the certifications you need them to meet. If you are working in the United States you will need a harness that meets ANSI Z359.11-2014. ANSI Z359.11-2014 outlines the safety requirements for a full body harness. If you are working in Canada you will need a harness that meets the CSA requirements. Your CSA harness will need to meet the CSA Z259.10-12 Full Body Harness Standard.
No one wants to think about falling while on the job. But, sometimes accidents happen. It is up to us to make sure that in the event of a fall there are safety measures in place to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible. That’s where an SRL comes into play. A Self-Retracting Lifeline, or SRL, is a device that contains a spring-loaded retracting web or cable lanyard wound around an internal drum. It automatically locks and arrests the fall of a worker.
When looking at SRLs it is important to understand the standards that they need to meet. ANSI Z359.14-2012 classifies SRLs into two classes - Class A and Class B. For more information about SRL standards click here for our blog post or here to visit our knowledge base.
Our full selection of SRLs includes body worn, mounted, leading edge, arc flash, and rescue SRLs.
Body Worn SRLs: A body worn SRL is a more compact version of a mounted SRL and works in the exact same way. The key differences are that it is smaller, lighter, and connects directly to the dorsal D-ring on your harness. Body Worn SRLs have shorter lifelines that most commonly range from 6 to 8 feet and do not exceed 8 feet in length. Another unique thing about body worn SRLs is the ability to have a twin leg configuration to provide 100% tie-off.
Mounted SRLs: Larger SRLs are mounted above the worker, and the lanyard runs down to connect to the user’s dorsal D-ring on their harness. Mounted SRLs are typically heavier and come in lengths ranging from 8 ft to over 100 ft.
Leading Edge & Foot Level SRLs: Most SRLs are designed only to be mounted above the user. For cases where this is not possible, specially designed Leading Edge SRLs (sometimes referred to as Foot Level SRLs) are required. ANSI classifies these as SRL-LE devices. These incorporate factors to absorb the extra energy associated with foot-level tie off, as well as more robust cables to resist breaking when ran against a leading edge. Leading Edge SRLs come in both mounted and body worn options so you can get the perfect SRL no matter what.
Arc Flash SRLs: Just like with everything in life, there are special SRLs that have been specifically designed for unique situations. Arc Flash SRLs are SRLs that have been rated for working in electrical environments. Whether you need mounted, body worn, or twin leg variations for 100% tie-off, we’ve got the Arc Flash rated SRLs to help you get the job done and stay safe.
Rescue SRLs: In a perfect world, there would be no accidents. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and whether we like it or not accidents do happen. But, being prepared can help prevent further injury. Rescuing a co-worker isn’t always easy, especially if they are in hard to reach places. That’s where rescue SRLs come in handy. Typically rescue SRLs, referred to as SRL-R by ANSI, for auto retrieval can be found on confined space systems.
When it comes to getting the job done right, tools are an important part of the puzzle. Our Gear Experts® know that without the right tools staying productive can be difficult. Columbia Safety and Supply is your complete source for construction job site tools. No matter what you need, we’ve got the tools to help you be safe and do more. Our dedicated team has spent years sourcing the best tools from world-class manufacturers like Bosch & Dewalt.
It’s no secret that there are countless hazards on a job site. From mother nature and the equipment used to chemicals and the limits of our abilities (like to see at night) being prepared for anything the job site can throw at you is an important part of the workday. At Columbia Safety and ,we pride ourselves on being North America’s premier outfitter of fall protection, safety equipment, and gear for at-height workers, industry, and construction and that’s why we’ve committed to being your source for all of your personal protective equipment and work wear. From apparel and head protection to hand, eye, and hearing protection + everything in-between, we’ve got what you need to stay safe and productive on the job.
While we would all like to think that accidents never happen and rescues never need to be performed, that isn’t the case. Accidents do happen and being prepared for whatever might arise and being ready to perform a rescue at a moment’s notice can be the difference between a bad situation gone worse and everyone going home at the end of the day.
With our selection rescue equipment and complete kits, you can be ready for the rescue no matter what it requires.
Columbia Safety and Supply is your source for concrete construction anchorage solutions
Anchors provide secure attachment points for workers. There are many different ways to properly anchor depending on the job and structure. No matter what solution you choose, be sure to look for anchorage points that are rated for at least 5,000 pounds or even an engineered solution designed for your specific application.
Anchorage is not something to guess on. If you have any questions about what type of anchorage you need or what options will work best in your specific situation, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.
Lifelines are pretty self-explanatory. They are literally your lifeline when working at height. When you are hundreds of feet off of the ground, you want to know that your lifeline system is up to the task in the case of a fall.
The job site is no stranger to dangers and combating those dangers not only saves lives, but saves money. And, in many situations, it is required by law. Perimeter protection has one core goal - to remind and prevent workers and pedestrians from going beyond the safety of the perimeter.
Whether you’re looking for bolts, cables, hoists, netting, or warning line systems, we’ve got the perimeter protection you need to keep your crew and the public safe.