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Quick Hook – Overhead Hanging Cable Protection

wdt_ID Model Width Height Length Channel Width Bend Angle Weight
2 CHQUICKHOOK-O 4.75 in. (12 cm) 1.25 in. (3.17 cm) 8.75 in. (22.23 cm) 2.5 in. (6.35 cm) 20° bend .18 lb. (.082 kg)

 

4-Channel Light-Duty Bumble Bee®

wdt_ID specs Data
3 Load Capacity 6,000 lb./Tire (2,722 kg) 12,000 lb./Axle (5,444 kg)
4 Channels 5
6 Maximum OD 1.25 in.
9 Connector T-Shaped OR Dog Bone
12 Color Options B/Y

5-Channel Light-Duty Bumble Bee® Dog Bone®

wdt_ID Model Description Length Width Height Channel Width Maximum OD Weight
4 BB5-125-D-BY 5-CH LD BB CP w/DB-Conn. 36 in. (91.4 cm) 19.75 in. (50.2 cm) 2.0 in. (5.1 cm) 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 1.25 in. (3.18 cm) 21.0 lb. (9.53 kg)

 

Checkers™ Website Ushers in a New Era

We’re pleased to have the newly updated and redesigned Checkers website launched. This site, in-line with the new branding design, merges Checkers’ three power brands into a single site. The goal of this renewed site is not only to update the branding, but to create a more valuable resource for our customers and team.

So, what’s changed and what should you expect in the coming days?

This new content replaces what was on checkers-safety.com. On the now-live site you will notice a few significant improvements.

  • The site has an improved, brighter look that is more inviting and engaging to the user.
  • All Checkers’ products are available on this single site. The Linebacker, Monster, and TuffTrak products are now branded exclusively as Checkers products. Only heavy-duty matting will retain the TuffTrak name.
  • The product organization has been improved, reducing the number of clicks to reach a product.
  • All literature has been rebranded with the new Checkers brand.
  • All Checkers products are now able to be quoted from a single quote form. No more visiting different websites to quote different products.
  • Each product page now has all specification data in table form that is easier to read and can be copied for easy sharing.
  • Beginning now, customers can be directed to Checkers-safety.com for all product information.

What Should You Expect? Some changes could not happen until the updated site was live.

  • In the coming days we will begin the process of pulling down Linebacker-safety.com and Monster-safety.com. These URL addresses will automatically redirect to Checkers-safety.com.
  • SEO (search engine optimization) and online marketing will be changed, directing to the updated site.

Customers and general visitors will be able to easily navigate the website in a way that visitors to the old site couldn’t. Every product page is tailored to be accessible and knowledgeable. With that said, we want to continually strive to be better. We look forward to making many new improvements and sharing them with you.

This is an accumulation of all Checkers proud family products. It portrays the hard work and community of this company, while also representing Checkers next large leap forward as part of Justrite.

This website represents an ushering in of a new chapter of Checkers legacy. We hope you enjoy the new site!

3-Channel Yellow Jacket® AMS® Accessibility Ramps – Kit 2

AMS® Accessibility Ramps Kits for 3-Channel Heavy-Duty Yellow Jacket® Kit 2

wdt_ID Model Description Length Width Height Weight
4 WSA-225-KIT2-HS Hourglass® Connector 36 in. (91.44 cm) 77.875 in. (197.8 cm) 3 in. (7.62 cm) 199.7 lb. (90.6 kg)

3-Channel Yellow Jacket® AMS® Accessibility Ramps – Kit 1

AMS® Accessibility Ramps Kits For 3-Channel Heavy-Duty Yellow Jacket® Kit 1

wdt_ID Model Description Length Width Height Weight
3 WSA-225-KIT1-HS Dog Bone Connector 71.25 in. (180.98 cm) 77.875 in. (197.8 cm) 3 in. (7.62 cm) 290.4 lb. (131.7 kg)
4 WSA-225-KIT2-HS Hourglass® Connector 36 in. (91.44 cm) 77.875 in. (197.8 cm) 3 in. (7.62 cm) 199.7 lb. (90.6 kg)

Coil Pads

wdt_ID Model Description Height Width Length Weight
1 CHSSCP Coil Pad 3.5 in. 17 in. 71.71 in. 69 lbs.
4 CHSSCP-RS Coil Pad w/ Reflective Strip 3.5 in. 17 in. 71.75 in. 69 lbs.
7 CHSSCP-RS-SEC Coil Pad with Reflective Strip 3.5 in. 17 in. 71.75 in. 69 lbs.
9 CHCP-4 4 ft. Small Coil Pad 12 in. 48 in. 20 lbs.
12 CHCP-5 5 ft. Small Coil Pad 12 in. 60 in. 25 lbs.

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 the 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.