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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.

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.

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.

Gaffer Tape vs. Cable Protectors

Gaffer Tape vs. Cable Protectors

Chose cable protectors over gaffer tape to save money in the long runWhen it comes to protecting cables at entertainment venues, operations managers have a lot of options to choose from. At Checkers, we pride ourselves on manufacturing our Linebacker line of cable protectors from top of the line polyurethane. This ensures our products will be durable and long lasting, giving them an advantage over some temporary solutions. One of these which is popular in the entertainment industry is gaffer tape. Some of the advantages that gaffer tape offers are its low cost and quick installation. Indeed, you can buy a 50-yard roll of gaffer tape for around $10, which puts the price per foot around 7 cents. Let’s examine a hypothetical scenario:

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.

  • Scenario 1
  • Price per foot
  • Price per show (100 ft. of five cables)
  • Price per season (100 shows)
  • Price over 10 seasons
  • Scenario 1
  • $0.07
  • $35.00
  • $3,500
  • $35,000
  • Scenario 2
  • $85.00
  • $8,500
  • $8,500
  • $8,500

This table highlights the biggest advantage of the Yellow Jacket Series Cable Protector: its durability. In the entertainment industry, where the primary source of traffic is pedestrian and light vehicles, a Yellow Jacket can see a lifespan in excess of 10 years. They are an investment, but an investment that will pay for itself over time. Not to mention the fact that a standard Yellow Jacket can protect up to five cables. Covering five different cables with gaffer’s tape quintuples the price; five cables can be covered by one run of Yellow Jackets.

The aspect that the table doesn’t speak to is the added protection value that you get from a Yellow Jacket. Gaffer tape may eliminate trip hazards, but it does little to nothing to protect the actual cables themselves. Yellow Jackets do both extremely well. The durable polyurethane construction ensures that you won’t incur additional costs replacement expensive AV cables, while also protecting performers, employees, and guests from trip hazards.

For more information about Yellow Jackets, click here. To view the brochure, click here.

Top Five Benefits of Rubber Parking Stops

Our Monster rubber parking stops are designed to protect parking structures, vehicles, and pedestrians. They are manufactured from premium, recycled rubber. Rubber parking stop benefits are plentiful, especially compared with concrete options. Take a look at the top five benefits of rubber parking stops below:

 

We manufacture our rubber products from recycled rubber5. Environmentally Friendly

Our parking stops are manufactured from recycled rubber from a variety of sources. When it reaches us, it’s already ground down into its raw form, and we mold it into our Monster parking stops, as well as several other rubber parking lot solutions. We recycle an average of 1 million pounds of rubber each month, which is approximately equal to 45,500 passenger vehicle tires. If you’re like us, and you believe in protecting the environment, purchasing recycled rubber products such as our parking stop is a great way to affirm that commitment.

 

Our parking curbs are flexible and durable4. Flexibility

In the perfect world, all parking lots would be perfectly smooth and flat. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world and often bumps, cracks, and other damage can create uneven surfaces. The great thing about our rubber parking stops is that their flexible rubber construction allows them to contour to the surface on which they are placed. If you are mounting them on a surface that isn’t perfectly level, there is no need to worry, they will still serve their purpose and look great doing it. While concrete parking stops may be less expensive, they are also rigid and have no flex to them, which makes them more difficult to mount and more susceptible to damage.

 

Many colors are available for our parking stops3. Aesthetically pleasing

If you opt for concrete parking stops, the only way to inject any sort of color is to paint them. Not only is this a time-consuming and messy process, but you also need to worry about the paint fading, and matching paint colors if you add more parking stops in the future. Monster parking stops are made with colored rubber, ensuring that they will never fade, and will always make your property look its best. They are currently available in black, blue, and terracotta, with white or yellow tape available.

 

Quick and easy installation is a key benefit of our parking curbs2. Easy to Install

Our largest parking stop measures six feet in length and weighs a mere 34 lbs. Compared to concrete parking stops, which can weigh hundreds of pounds, our products are easy to position and install, even with just one person. This greatly reduces installation costs, as additional equipment is not necessary, and work crews can be much smaller while still accomplishing the same goal. The portability of our parking stops makes them great for temporary applications as well since they can be quickly deployed and collected after they are no longer necessary.

 

Rubber parking stop benefits include excellent durability1. Durability

While concrete parking stops have a tendency to chip and crack, our rubber products will not. Additionally, all of our rubber parking stops feature reflective tape that is actually molded into the product. This prevents the reflective tape from peeling or falling off, a problem seen in some bottom-line driven products. Rubber parking stop benefits also include a resistance to temperature and weather changes that isn’t seen in concrete competitors. Similar to concrete roads, moisture can penetrate into cracks in imperfections in the concrete, and then when temperatures drop below freezing, the water expands and causes further damage to the product. This is avoided when you choose a premium rubber solution, such as a Monster parking stop, as they are great for any climate or weather.

 

To learn more about these great products, click here. To view a brochure, click here.