Gaffer Tape vs. Cable Protectors: Part 2

Gaffer Tape vs. Cable Protectors: Part Two

The Firefly Cable Protector is the only illuminated cable protection solution on the marketA few weeks back, we examined the cost of choosing gaffer tape over a Yellow Jacket Cable Protector. Today, we’ll revisit that analysis with another variable added in: The Firefly Cable Protector. The Firefly is a unique cable protector, in that it is the only illuminated cable protection solution on the market. This makes it the perfect safety solution for the entertainment industry, in particular, concert venues. Loyal readers of the blog will recall that when we discussed the gaffer tape vs. Yellow Jacket scenario, we used a hypothetical situation involving a local Colorado venue.

Being based in Colorado, everyone knows that Red Rocks Amphitheater is the best place for live entertainment during the spring and summer months. Typically, they will average over 100 shows per season. For the sake of this exercise, we’ll round that number to 100 even. Let’s also say, hypothetically, that Red Rocks has a cable run which is 100 feet long and includes five different AV cables. In scenario one, the venue manager will choose to use gaffer tape. In scenario two, the venue manager will opt for Linebacker Yellow Jacket Series Cable Protectors.

For this exercise, we will be adding scenario three: the venue manager will opt for Linebacker Firefly Series Cable Protectors.

  • Gaffer Tape
  • Price per foot
  • Price per show
  • Price per season
  • Price over 10 seasons
  • Gaffer Tape
  • $0.07
  • $35.00
  • $3,500
  • $35,000
  • Yellow Jacket
  • $85.00
  • $8,500
  • $8,500
  • $8,500
  • Firefly
  • $145.00
  • $14,620
  • $14,620
  • $14,620

There is, of course, one other expense not calculated in this chart: batteries. Each Firefly can run for 1,000 hours off of two AA batteries, which means 200 batteries will have to be replaced every 1,000 hours. If the average concert is 5 hours in length, then the batteries will have to be replaced every 200 shows. A package of 24 batteries typically costs between $12 and $15, so each total battery replacement will cost between $100 and $125. Depending on the frequency of shows at each individual venue, the cost of batteries can fluctuate further. Red Rocks typically hosts around 150 concerts per year, which brings their estimated battery costs for a 10 year period to $750.

In Part One of this exercise, we discussed how Yellow Jacket Cable Protectors provide additional value by ensuring cables cannot be damaged. Firefly Cable Protectors are made from the same high-quality polyurethane material that we use to manufacture our Yellow Jackets, and we even utilize the same manufacturing process. That means you can expect the same durability from a Firefly that you would from a Yellow Jacket, with the addition of extra visibility from the ultra-bright LED side ramps.

What is not indicated in the table is the added safety benefit of illumination. Illuminated cable protectors are highly visible, especially in dark areas, where traditional cable protectors are not as easily seen. Certainly, the Firefly is a premium cable protection solution, but it can prevent expensive lawsuits by avoiding slips, trips, and falls for both employees and patrons. More important than the money is the value of safety. Providing a safe working environment for employees and save venue for patrons is paramount and cannot be assigned a monetary value.

For more information about Firefly Cable Protectors, click here. To view the brochure, click here.

Chocking Procedures: A Step-by-Step Guide for Maximizing Safety

Monster chocks comply with chocking procedures for maximum safety.In 2016, the U.S. mining industry saw fatal accidents claim the lives of 20 workers, according to this MSHA report. These tragedies highlight the need for mining safety equipment, such as wheel chocks. Wheel chocks are effective safety devices when used properly. However, wheel chocking procedures are not always as straightforward as they may seem. There are several key aspects of proper chocking that may not be obvious to every user. We’ve outlined the most important things to take note of while using our wheel chocks, to ensure maximum safety for both workers and equipment. It is the responsibility of the end user to make the final determination about proper chocking of a vehicle under the circumstances presented. You cannot simply test a pair of wheel chocks with a specific vehicle on a specified grade and broadly assume that the wheel chocks will hold the same truck every time.  Countless combinations of conditions exist and this must be considered when selecting the most appropriate wheel chock for each application. Thorough testing must be completed at each location to ensure that specific wheel chocks will meet their specific chocking requirements.

Here are the combinations of conditions must be considered for safe, proper chocking procedures:

  • Tire size
    • Smaller tires require smaller chocks, while larger tires require larger chocks. To determine which chock your vehicle needs, click here to view our chock reference guide.
  • Gross vehicle weight
    • Heavier vehicles require larger chocks than lighter vehicles. Gross vehicle weight can be found along the Y-axis of the chock reference guide.
  • Level or grade of the ground surface
    • Chocks need to be positioned in different ways depending on if the ground is level or not. Ensuring that the chocking configuration is correct based on surface grade is paramount for proper chocking. To view a diagram detailing the different chocking configurations, click here.
  • Radial Tires vs. Bias-Ply Tires
    • Radial tires by design deflect more than bias-ply tires. While this flexibility allows the vehicle to move more smoothly, it also allows the tire to wrap around the wheel chock, which reduces the chocks effectiveness. To combat this, vehicles with radial tires should be chocked with wheel chocks that are larger than what the reference guide recommends.
  • Tire pressure variance due to environment
    • It is important to monitor tire pressure, especially in harsh environments. Improperly inflated tires can lead to chocking failures.
  • Condition of the ground
    • Whether the ground is firm, soft, wet, dry, icy, or frozen is a key determination in the type of chock to use. For frozen or icy terrain, choose a chock with a cleated bottom. For severely wet or muddy terrain, multiple chocks may be necessary to ensure safe chocking.

Diagram of correcting chocking procedures.The second key to proper chocking is the actual positioning of the chocks themselves. When chocking a vehicle, always follow these simple rules to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.

  1. Always ensure the chock is centered and squared with the tire.
  2. Position the chock snuggly against the tire tread.
  3. Always use wheel chocks in pairs.
  4. Wheel chocks must be positioned downhill and below the vehicle’s center of gravity.
  5. On a downhill grade, position the chocks in front of the front wheels.
  6. On an uphill grade, position the chocks behind the rear wheels.
  7. On a level grade, position the chocks on the front and back of a single wheel.

For a detailed diagram of how to properly position a chock, click here. In addition to to following proper chocking procedures, it is important to consider the material of the chock. For more information on different chock materials, click here.

Monster Motion Safety offers a wide range of wheel chocks, ranging from small to large models. Whether you drive a pickup truck or a haul truck, proper chocking is important and safety cannot be a compromise. To view our full line of high-quality chocking solutions, click here.

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Firefly

The Firefly is the only cable protector on the market that is designed specifically as an entertainment cable protector. If you are a member of the entertainment industry and several reasons to choose a Firefly entertainment cable protector over a standard cable protector.

1. The Firefly entertainment cable protector is more visible in dark areas

The Firefly is the best entertainment cable protectorWhile we utilize high visibility colors like orange and yellow for the lids on our standard cable protectors, we offer the Firefly with light green and light blue lids, as these colors are more easily seen in low-light situations. We also mold LED strips directly into the ramps of our Firefly cable protectors, which makes them virtually impossible not to see. The battery life is a spectacular 500 hours off only two AA batteries, ensuring that battery maintenance and costs won’t be a burden to Firefly owners.

2. Firefly entertainment cable protectors don’t sacrifice toughness

Many of the cable management solutions we build for the entertainment industry are designed for pedestrian load capacities, but not necessarily vehicles or heavy equipment. Not the Firefly. We manufacture the Firefly with the same hand-cast method we use for the Yellow Jacket, one of the most durable cable protectors in the industry. The Firefly has a load capacity of 21,000 lbs./axle, meaning it can easily handle forklifts, which typically weigh around 9,000 lbs. Trucks and vehicles typically weigh around 3,000 lbs., so the Firefly will hold up under vehicle and equipment traffic as well as pedestrian traffic.

3. Firefly entertainment cable protectors feature heavy customization options

In the entertainment industry, presentation is paramount. The Firefly cable protector offers more customization than your average cable protector, allowing venue managers to tweak the presentation to be absolutely perfect. As mentioned in reason #1, we offer several stock colors of the Firefly lid, including blue and green, which are both visible in low light situations. However we also offer the Firefly with yellow, and orange lids, allowing venue managers to beautifully integrate them into existing Guard Dog and Yellow Jacket cable protection systems. Additionally, we also offer custom color combinations for larger orders, and two choices of LED colors: red or blue. Need to give your branding a boost? Ask your Checkers sales rep about our custom logo capacities, and get your very own logo molded into the lids of your cable protectors. This variety of customization choices give customers the options they need to take entertainment venue aesthetics to the next level.

Click here to learn more about the Firefly or download the Firefly brochure.

What is the Best Wheel Chock Material?

When shopping for wheel chocks, material construction the most important factor to consider. Several common chock materials include wood, rubber, aluminum, steel, and urethane. Each option has benefits and costs. Here at Checkers, we believe that polyurethane offers the most benefits at the fewest costs, which is why we manufacture our chocks from high-grade polyurethane. Wood, rubber, and aluminum are more bottom-line driven solutions, while steel and urethane are more expensive. Let’s break down each wheel chock material option:

Urethane

Urethane is the ideal wheel chock material.The ideal wheel chock material, urethane isn’t heavy, but still boasts more strength than the other chock material options. Since urethane is so light, shipping costs are much less than other options. Urethane chocks are also easier to position correctly, reducing the chances of chocking failures. Urethane is also much more weather resistant than other materials, as it will not rot, rust, or crack in the presence of heat, cold, or moisture. The price point for urethane chocks is typically higher than other materials, but with a much longer lifespan, urethane chocks create savings over long periods of time.

Aluminum and Steel

Metal is not an ideal wheel chock material, as it rusts and develops sharp edges.The primary issue with metal chocks is that when damaged, they can develop sharp edges, potentially damaging tires or injuring employees. This problem is found with both aluminum and steel chocks. Aluminum chocks are lighter than steel options, however they are less durable. Another problem is the scrap value of the material. Aluminum and steel chocks are both susceptible to theft as they can be scrapped, a problem that isn’t present with rubber, wood, or urethane. Metal is also conductive, making metal chocks a poor choice for transmission projects.

Wood

Wood is not a good wheel chock material option as it splinters easily.Wood chocks are often used for aviation applications. However, urethane is much better option for this industry. Wood will quickly become waterlogged, which drastically increases its weight and makes it much more difficult to handle. Wood also rots in the presence of water, which greatly reduces its lifespan. Another problem with wood chocks, particularly in the aviation industry, is the presence of foreign object damage. When wood chocks splinter and break apart, as the inevitably do, they can cause costly FOD to aircraft. Painting and repainting is required with wood as well.

Rubber

Rubber is not a good wheel chock material option, as it cracks easily.While rubber is one of more cost-effective options, it’s durability pales in comparison to other wheel chock material options. Weather, either extreme heat or cold, can lead to the degradation of rubber. The heat can cause rubber to become brittle while freezing conditions can break and crack rubber. Another issue with rubber chocks is their weight. Rubber is a heavy material, raising shipping costs and making rubber chocks more difficult to transport and position correctly. Despite its weight, rubber is not particularly strong, in comparison with other options. Rubber can also be damaged by fuels, oils, and lubricants, making it a poor choice for mechanic and repair shops.

To learn more about high-quality polyurethane Monster chocks, click here. To view our products, click here.

What Sets Firefly Apart?

The Firefly is the only lighted cable protector on the market.It’s summer time and that means concerts and music festivals are in full swing. In the entertainment industry, cable protection is paramount; particularly for temporary venues that don’t have permanent cable and cable protection installations in place. The Firefly is our custom-made cable protection solution for the entertainment industry. The Firefly has many great features, but the most striking are the illuminated ramps.

Firefly: the Only Lighted Cable Protector

Why is this important? In darkened areas, cable protectors can be difficult to see. Ironically, this can cause trip hazards, the very problem cable protectors are designed to eliminate. Our ultra-bright LEDs are molded directly into the ramps of the Firefly, which protects them from any sort of damage. They are incredibly efficient and can run for 500 hours off of just two AA batteries. In the entertainment business, presentation is everything, which is why our LEDs are available in either blue or red, allowing venue managers to select the color that best matches their aesthetic. Additionally, we offer four different lid colors: green, blue, yellow, and orange.

Guard Dog and Yellow Jacket Compatibility

Another exciting benefit of the Firefly is the Dog Bone Connector. These are the same modular connectors that we use on our Guard Dog and Yellow Jacket cable protectors. This, of course, means that Firefly Illuminated Cable Protectors can be integrated into any existing Guard Dog or Yellow Jacket cable protector system. This gives venue managers the ability to highlight certain cable run sections, such as designated walkways or sections that pass through dark areas.

Premium Cable Protection with Firefly

In addition to preventing slips, trips, and falls, the Firefly performs another key function: protecting cables. With a load capacity of 21,000 lbs. per axle, the Firefly can easily handle both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This ensures that cables will remain protected during the setup, the performance, and the tear down of any event. At a mere 17 lbs., the Firefly can be transported and assembled easily, making setup and tear down quicker and more efficient. With its modular design, it’s easy to configure a Firefly cable run to any area. It is a must-have cable protection solution for any entertainment venue.

Click here to learn more about the Firefly. Click here to read the Firefly brochure.

Clearly Mark Handicap Parking with Monster Parking Stops

When it was introduced in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act broke ground for civil rights and made America a better place for individuals with disabilities. These days, handicapped parking isn’t something most of us even think about; its presence is a given thanks to the ADA. While most of the regulations in the ADA don’t give business owners much choice in how they display their handicapped parking spots, parking stops are something of a gray area (no pun intended). Here are a few reasons why Monster’s brightly colored, durable, rubber parking curbs are better options than a traditional, boring, concrete parking block.

Rubber parking curbs withstand harsh weather

Often businesses will indicate handicap parking with markings on the pavement. Perhaps using blue lines to indicate the parking spot, or placing the handicap symbol within the designated parking area. While this may work in a place like Florida, a business owner in Michigan has much more to worry about. Considering the heavy snow fall most northern states face, not to mention the long duration of winter, it can be difficult for patrons to see markings made on the pavement. Monster handicap parking curbs are 4 inches in height, meaning they will stand above snow from all but the fiercest storms.

Monster Handicap parking block are brightly colored and easily visibleHigh visibility rubber parking stops are easier to spot than concrete options

One major issue with concrete parking blocks is that they are often the same color as the parking lot to upon which they are mounted. This can make them difficult for drivers to see as they pull into parking stops. This issue has only been compounded in recent years by the invention and proliferation of the backup camera. It’s difficult enough to differentiate a gray bump on gray concrete, now drivers have to do it using a grainy camera that would embarrass a cell phone. While parking curbs are designed to withstand impacts from vehicles, over time it will result in wear and tear regardless of the material the product is constructed from. The only options are to choose a high visibility product, such as a Monster parking stop, or to paint a concrete parking stop. Painting, however, produces its own slew of problems…

There is no need to repaint a colored rubber parking block

Whether a business owner opts to paint the parking area in blue, or paint a concrete parking block blue, repainting will be required. Paint will inevitable fade in the sun, and weather will chip it away over time. Re-painting can be costly both in terms of materials and man-hours. With Monster handicap parking stops, the rubber is colored blue so there is no fading, no chipping, no discoloration. Our parking stops are warrantied for up to three years and many last in excess of that time frame. They give parking lots a nice aesthetic while indicating where the handicap parking is located.

Our parking stops bring a little extra flair to parking lots while offering many practical advantages. Extra visibility, superior durability, and overall better aesthetics are just a few of the aspects of the Monster parking block that make it the best way to mark a handicap spot.

Click here to read more about Monster Parking Stops, or click here to read the brochure.

Parking Stops: Rubber vs. Concrete

Concrete parking stops lack the durability of rubberConcrete and rubber are the two most common substances from which parking stops are manufactured, and each presents unique advantages. Here at Monster, we manufacture our parking stops from premium recycled rubber, which creates a better overall product, albeit at a slightly higher cost. The cost aspect is the largest advantage that concrete parking stops offer: they are an extremely bottom line driven solution. However, it is important to keep in mind that in this case, you get what you pay for. Concrete lacks the durability of rubber, particularly in areas that are prone to heavy precipitation and freezing weather. When moisture penetrates tiny cracks in the concrete, it is able to freeze and expand, which causes additional damage and greatly reduces the lifespan of concrete parking curbs.

Concrete parking stops lack aesthetic appeal

However, the problems with concrete products go further than simply a short lifespan. For many business owners, their parking lots are the first areas that customers experience. Because concrete parking stops are prone to cracking and crumbling, this can lead to an extremely unappealing parking lot. Not to mention the color or lack thereof. Even if a business owner paints their parking stops to create a better overall aesthetic for their business, there is still a risk of chipped or faded paint, and the parking curbs will have to be periodically retouched to keep their paint looking attractive and vibrant.

Rubber parking stops are superior to concrete parking stops

Monster rubber parking curbs are the superior solution

These problems are issues that simply don’t exist with Monster rubber parking stops. Our rubber is premium grade, which means it won’t chip, crack, or crumble like concrete. We’re so confident of their durability that we offer a three-year warranty on the product. We also offer parking stops in several colors, including black (with white or yellow tape), blue, and terracotta, ensuring that you’ll be able to customize your parking lot to match the aesthetic of your business.

Another major advantage of Monster parking curbs is the weight. Rubber typically isn’t thought of as a “light” material but compared to concrete, it is substantially easier to transport. While concrete parking curbs can weigh over 200 lbs., Monster premium rubber parking stops weigh in at just 34 lbs., a fraction of the weight of concrete. This means installation can be a much quicker, and therefore less expensive, process. Should modifications to parking alignments be necessary, Monster parking stops can easily be moved. Additionally, this portability makes them great for temporary usage, at festivals or events for example.

Like all of our products, Monster parking stops are a premium solution. They are a bit more expensive than concrete competitors but offer a wide array of benefits and advantages. For more information about our parking curbs, click here. To view a brochure, click here.

Digital Product Spotting: Cable Protectors in Video Games

Our cable protectors are truly applicable in almost every industry, and now they have transcended the digital barrier and can be found in the exciting virtual worlds of several big-budget video games, such as The Division, NBA Live, NBA2K, Hitman, and Grand Theft Auto V.

 

Grand Theft Auto V

Yellow Jackets are the video game cable protectors found in GTA VHollywood? Not exactly, but Grand Theft Auto V’s Vinewood is one of the more accurate video game depictions of America’s film headquarters. The attention to detail is stunning, right down to the accurate depictions of Hollywood’s favorite cable protector, the Yellow Jacket five channel. These incredibly durable cable protectors are often seen on film sets due to their extremely long lifespan and uncompromising strength. Considering how expensive AV cables can be, studios understand the value providing optimal protection of those cords. Another fantastic detail from Grand Theft Auto is the fact that their artists have depicted the Yellow Jacket cable protectors (yellow lids) connecting with a few Guard Dog cable covers (orange lids). This is an actual, real-life benefit of those two models, as they are both the same size and feature our patented “Dog Bone” connectors, which means they can be interconnected as shown in the screenshots. Rockstar Games gets a gold star for using video game cable protectors correctly.

 

Hitman

Hitman is a game to feature video game cable protectorsUnfortunately, the other video game depictions of cable protectors lack the same attention to detail that Rockstar Games brought to GTA V. Let’s take a look at IO Interactive’s Hitman. This particular mission features the protagonist infiltrating a militia compound located in a rural farmstead. In this scenario, the militia installs an abundance of high-tech equipment despite a lack of electrical infrastructure at the farm. As such, they rely on temporary power and run cables across the farm. This is a great application to utilize cable protection. In a situation where temporary power is required, a damaged cable can cause a power loss and lead to a total shutdown of operations. It is important to choose a cable tray that has the strength to adequately protect cables from both pedestrians and any equipment of vehicles in these situations.

The artists at IO did a great job with the cable models in Hitman, but the environment designers failed to utilize the modular capabilities, instead opting to lay the cable covers in a female-to-female orientation. This allows the cable protectors to shift when vehicles or pedestrians cross them and can inadvertently expose the cables to damage. The designers should have utilized the connectors to ensure that the full length of cable was properly covered. The designers also opted only to provide cable protectors for the cables in exterior locations. While this is a good way to ensure that passing vehicles won’t damage the cables, it does nothing to prevent pedestrian damage to interior cables. Not to mention, the potential for trips and falls is enormous. I would recommend the fictional militia of Hitman move the smaller cable protectors inside, and utilize our Linebacker five channel models outside. With a load capacity upwards of 40,000 lbs. Linebacker heavy duty models will ensure supply trucks and other heavy equipment won’t damage the cables.

 

The Division

Speaking of temporary power, Ubisoft’s The Division is another game that tackles that application for cable protection. In The Division, the player takes on the role of a special agent sent into New York City after the area is ravaged by a biological weapon. The environments depict areas that had previously been refugee camps and forward bases of operations, which as you may have guessed, required temporary power. As seen in the screenshots on the right, Ubisoft’s artists opted for a much larger cable protector than seen in other games. This is a two channel model, which is typically used in much heavier applications, for example, mining or oil and gas. The cable they are protecting appears to be fairly small, leading me to believe the fictional disaster relief workers in The Division may have been better served by a small, more portable cable cover. Personally, I would have recommended our Yellow Jacket ADA. This model is ideal because it features a similar load capacity, in excess of 20,000 lbs., but it is a much lighter and lower profile model. It is easier to set up and transport, and it poses much less of a trip hazard, which is important considering the large fictional crowds that will be navigating these fictional relief areas.

 

NBA2K & NBA Live

Cable protectors are a common sight at basketball arenas in real life, so it’s no surprise that they make an appearance in virtual arenas as well. Take-Two’s NBA2K offers a great visualization of our Yellow Jackets in one of its most recent entries to their flagship basketball franchise. The distinct diamond pattern and “Dog Bone” connectors are a great touch and show that Take-Two’s artists really paid attention to the details. However, a Yellow Jacket five channel may not be the best choice for a basketball arena. It is a heavy duty product and probably overkill for a pedestrian only application. A better choice might be the Guard Dog Low Profile model, a cable cover designed for pedestrian applications with a height of only 1.25 inches. EA Sports’ NBA Live, on the other hand, appears to have chosen to depict a competitors product. While creating a safe environment is paramount, there is certainly something to be said for purchasing the highest quality version of a product, something which people who bought NBA Live instead of NBA2K know all too well. Regardless, both studios seem to have forgotten one important detail: the cables! Hopefully, next year’s release of these annual basketball games will see that minor, but significant detail addressed.

It is wonderful to see video games approach the level of realism where an often overlooked item such as a cable protector sees such digital craftsmanship and attention to detail. It speaks volumes to how far digital worlds have come, and where they could go in the future. And we are, as always, thrilled to see cable management utilized to keep people and assets safe, even if they happen to be virtual.

To read more about our extensive line of cable protectors, click here. To download a brochure, click here.

Environmental Impact of Recycled Rubber Parking Stops

Our parking stops are made from recycled rubberA core part of our company mission statement “A dynamic, global team dedicated to protecting people, assets, and the environment,” is protecting the environment. While many of our products are designed to do exactly this, it’s also a broader company philosophy that we embrace. One example of this is the manufacturing process behind our rubber parking stops. We receive raw, recycled rubber from a variety of sources, including a local Bridgestone Tire factory. Using our proprietary polyurethane binder to hold the mixture together, we then create the premium, high-grade rubber that we mold into our parking stops. Between our two plants, we recycle an average of 1 million pounds of rubber per month. However considering that the average tire weighs between 14 and 16 lbs., and 300 million are scrapped per year, 1 million pounds is only a drop in the bucket.

Recycling tires helps reduce the health and environmental risks they pose

Tires present a unique environmental challenge because they are not biodegradable. In addition taking up large amounts of space in landfills, they also create other unfortunate health risks. It’s a little-known fact that tires can be breeding grounds for mosquitos, especially in tropical climates. Per a special report by the Tire and Rubber Recycling Advisory Council, “Tires are often targeted as the prime candidates for mosquito breeding because it is difficult to remove water from them, and they retain heat, which further exacerbates the conditions that attract mosquitos.” In areas where diseases such as malaria and West Nile Virus are common, scrap tires can be a deadly hazard. Additionally, should a tire scrapyard catch fire, it is impossible to extinguish and will produce acid smoke harmful to both humans and the environment.

Recycled rubber is a great resource for manufacturing quality products

The good news, however, is that tires are 100% recyclable. Per ReRubber.com, “The high quality of steel and rubber found in tires are easily reintegrated into the manufacturing process at very minimal or no change to existing manufacturing processes.” There are many ways to use recycled rubber; it is often found in “rubber mulch,” a product used on playground surfaces, athletic facilities, and gardens. Additionally, recycled rubber can be used for various automotive and infrastructural sealants, and, of course, our premium rubber parking stops.

Utilizing recycled rubber is just one of the many ways we here at Checkers seek to protect the environment. While the issue of scrap tires littering landfills remains a large problem that must be addressed, we are proud to play a small part in the solution. We are also proud to provide high-quality parking stops to the parking and facility maintenance industries.

To read more about our parking stops, click here. To download a brochure, click here.

The Top Five Reasons the Best Entertainment Venues Choose Linebacker Cable Protectors

Cable protection is an often overlooked, yet crucial part of safety in the entertainment industry. Here at Checkers, we offer a wide range of cable covers and ramps designed to fit with any application and cable run. Here are the top five reasons why our products are the best fit for your venue:

5. Innovative modular designs fit any cable run

Nearly all of our cable protectors boast modular abilities. This is key for entertainment venues, as different types of events will require different cable lengths and configurations. Our cable ramps can be easily linked end to end by simply snapping our patented connectors together with a light press of a foot or hand. This makes setup a breeze, regardless of the length of cable needed for the event. The Guard Dog cable protector is a great example of this type of product, as its “Dog Bone” connectors allow configurations of any length. Additionally, we offer models that can be linked side by side, in such a way to accommodate an unlimited number of cables. The Yellow Jacket AMS is a great example of this type of product. This flexibility is what gives Linebacker cable covers the edge in the entertainment business.

Our cable covers were used during the Salt Lake City Olympic Games4. Durability – our products have a long lifespan, which saves money

We take pride in manufacturing our cable covers from the highest quality polyurethane available. Compared with rubber cable ramps on the market, our products have a much greater lifespan and can last longer than 10 years provided they are properly cared for. For entertainment venues that host hundreds of events per year, this means big time savings. The benefits go beyond money, however. Choosing an alternative solution, such as a rubber cable protector or gaffer tape can lead to other problems as well. Gaffer tape, for one, cannot be used on surfaces where there is too much dirt for the tack to stick, such as outdoor venues. Rubber cable protectors lack the durability of polyurethane products, and can often crack or crumble, compromising the safety of both the cables and the venue’s guests.

3. Avoid lawsuits that could arise from slips, trips, and falls

According to AllLaw.com, liability for slips, trips, and falls may occur when “a property owner (or their employee) actually caused the dangerous condition leading to the slip and fall accident — by leaving a hazardous obstacle in a walking path, for example — and it was reasonably foreseeable that someone would trip and fall due to the condition.” The obvious example, in this case, would be failing to properly protect cables at a venue. This could come either in the form of neglecting to cover the cables altogether or simply using a cable protector which is obviously damaged. Which is why Linebacker polyurethane cable ramps are used across the entertainment industry; their superior durability ensures that they won’t put you or your venue at risk for a lawsuit.

2. Prevent damage to valuable cords and cables

Perhaps the most obvious reason to chose a Linebacker cable protector is contained in the title: they protect your cables.The audio and audio-visual cables often seen at entertainment venues are expensive, with prices ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. With the investment in equipment that is required, the last thing any venue manager wants to do is replace it due to preventable damage. Our cable ramps are designed for maximum strength, with some models supporting up to 40,000 lbs. Even if you expect vehicles to cross your cable runs, our cable covers will ensure that your valuable equipment is properly protected.

1. Protect people

This is, of course, the most important reason of all. Protecting guests is paramount, but performers, employees, and staff must also be protected from trip hazards. Arbill.com published an article which stated that, according to the CDC and the BLS, “an estimated 20 – 30% of people who experience a slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries.” With data like that, it’s obvious that even one slip, trip, or fall is one too many. Linebacker supplies many cable protection options that are designed specifically for foot traffic, and feature a lower-profile. The Guard Dog ADA cable ramp is one such example, which also features ADA compliance.

These are just a few of the reason’s our cable protectors are well-known throughout the entertainment industry, and just a few of the numerous advantages that our products provide. We truly offer products for every application: heavy duty cable trays to withstand vehicles, ADA compliant cable covers for events, and everything in between. If you manage a venue, we have a cable management solution that will meet your needs.

To read more about our extensive line of cable protectors, click here. To download a brochure, click here.