ConExpo 2014

Checkers will be exhibiting at ConExpo 2014 in Las Vegas on March 4th – 8th. ConExpo serves all major construction industry markets. Come stop by our booth #62145 to receive our show specialCheckers exhibits at ConExpo 2014 exclusive; for every $5,000 spent receive a Checkers Branded Carhart jacket. Also, you can expect to see a few new additions to our product line:

  • NEW GORILLA®All Purpose Warning Whip
  • NEW AidTMBeacon Lights
  • NEW AidTMLED Flare Kit
  • NEW 100% Recycled Plastic Products: Cribbing, Matting, and Lumber

We can’t wait to meet you to share all of the latest and greatest things we’ve been working on at Checkers.

ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo 2014

This year’s ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo 2014 was an informative and well-attended show for Checkers Industrial. It was held in the historic city of San Antonio, Texas during February 21-25, 2014.ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo 2014

At the 44th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo Checkers introduced a few new safety products that included: our patent pending New Aid LED Beacons Lights, nearly indestructible New Aid LED Flare and the industry’s most popular Aid Barricade Lights. As well as our world-leading line of cable protectors and wheel chocks.

If you did attend this show and are interested in Checkers products, please contact a sales manager in your area for show special exclusives.

Protect Your Loved Ones with These Travel Safety and Tripping Hazard Tips

Since this past fall, most have experienced the abnormal freezing temperatures produced by the rapidly warming Arctic which has commonly been referred to as the Polar Vortex. These recent weeks have reached below freezing temperatures in all 50 states and some have even hit record lows. Conditions this low have an extreme effect on travel safety. On the other hand, as more people are forced to stay inside other factors such as; disease, fires, and tripping hazards over exposed heater cords has increase. For these reasons, we wanted to summarize the most commonly seen outdoor and indoor safety hazards. In addition, offer a few safety preventive Checkers’ products that might help keep you and your loved ones safe this winter.

Zoebelein, Tom. Car Accident Photo. 2014. Photograph. AutoBodyReview Blog. AutoBody Review, 8 Feb. 2014. Web. 18 Feb. 2014.

WHITE PAPER: Testing Cable Protector YJ2-400 in a Real-World Setting

While the technology surrounding modern mining and construction continues to evolve, there are some things that will always remain the same: the havoc wreaked on sites by trucks and heavy equipment. Of particular concern are the cables, lines, and hoses frequently crossing these sites and the expense required to purchase them initially and, when damaged, to replace them.

Current Status

For years, many mine sites have tried to protect their cables by building an overhead system that utilizes poles secured in old rubber tires filled with concrete. This make-shift system poses high safety risks to both people and equipment as trucks can easily get hung up on the cables. Over the last two decades, the market has introduced crossover pads and ramps in an effort to protect large cables and hoses at the ground level. While some have shown promise in the short-term, most have lacked the necessary durability needed for long-term use. As such, they eventually become a safety liability instead of a reliable piece of safety equipment.

In addition, past designs have proven inconvenient to use and difficult to transport. Overly heavy and awkward to move, they have also lacked expansion capabilities.

The most common weaknesses include:

  • inability to withstand extreme changes in temperature
  • cracking, warping or other damage caused by frequent, heavy loads
  • channel systems ill-suited to manage and protect multiple hoses or cable types and sizes
  • lack of adaptability to expand or reduce the size of the crossover units as needed


Testing cable protector YJ2-400

Yellow Jacket Heavy Duty Cable Protectors were introduced in 1991. As part of this line, the Yellow Jacket YJ2-400 extreme modular crossover system was created for industrial use, including construction sites and commercial environments. Constructed of all-weather polyurethane, the YJ2-400 had previously been shown to be significantly lighter than rubber protectors but rated to last up to 5 times as long. Since the company’s inception, testing of products in real-world settings has been critical in the formulation of new uses or in the refinement of existing designs. In 2012, for example, Checkers Industrial announced the recent testing of its wheel chocks used in the mining industry. That testing, supervised by multiple engineers and safety managers, proved the ability of the chocks to hold a 400-ton mining haul truck despite a 24 percent (24%) reduction in their weight. Given the results of that testing, the company opted to test the capabilities of the YJ2-400 under similar conditions.

On May 13, 2013, testing of the YJ2-400 was completed in an outdoor environment utilizing a Liebherr mining truck weighing 374 tons on a zero percent (0%) grade. Testing of the product was supervised by engineer Greg Widgery, who reported:

“The haul truck pulled across the cable protectors with the front left wheel and parked the left rear duals directly on top of the cable protectors and stayed parked for a count of one minute. The cable protector did not deform or break in any way. Test Results: Passed”

The May 2013 tests were also filmed and photographed, evidencing the ability of the YJ2-400 to withstand the repeated pressures placed on it. View Test Video

According to specs provided by Checkers, the YJ2-400 features two channels designed to protect cables and/or hoses up to 3.75″ in diameter. The system is modular, with each protector being 36″ in length and featuring dog-bone connectors for ease of expansion while maintaining portability.

The heavy duty protector features a thicker, reinforced version of the company’s standard hinged lid, which also features diamond-plate tread surface to improve traction for higher-volume traffic by even the largest vehicles. This aids in potential life-saving benefits of the system, as it reduces the likelihood of lid fracture, cable damage and electrical wiring exposure.

In the workplace, the primary benefits of the YJ2-400 were found to be:

  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of transport
  • Mobility
  • No chance of snagging overhead lines with vehicles
  • Unlimited linear installation, no center support needed to span long distances
  • Temporary solution (no need for semi-permanent installation)


Operating temps range from 40 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to 48 degrees Celsius). View more details such as: load capacities, size and other specs.


Testing conducted on the YJ2-400 in a real-world setting, as well as previous product development research evidences the product to be appropriate for use in industrial, mining and military environments. Its ability to repeatedly withstand even the harshest conditions, modular construction and capacity to house and protect multiple hoses or cables as large as 3.75″ in diameter further indicates the appropriateness of the use of the YJ2-400 in these environments, making it a cost-effective solution for safety managers, engineer, and supply chain managers.