Keep the Job Site Safe with Sidewinder and Temporary Cable Guard Systems

As we often do, Rack-A-Tiers takes time to point out some of our safety products we offer. While we’re proud of the innovative tools and products we offer tradespeople across North America, we’re concerned about your safety on the job site just as much as you are. The trades keep the economy humming, and workers power the trades with their hard effort. Lost time on the job means lost progress.

That’s why we’re going to use this blog to again highlight some of the sensible, easy-to-use safety products we sell. While our focus on the Sidewinder and Temporary Cable Guard systems in this week’s blog might seem bland, you’d be surprised the difference these simple systems can make on the website. No more tripping, losing loads on carts, or cutting/clamping cords. With the Sidewinder and/or Temporary Cable Guard, you can run all the cords you want on the job site without tripping, falling, or cutting those cords in an accident.

Need an Outdoor Solution?

For those jobs that require temporary fixes on an active job site, the Temporary Cable Guard is the tool you need in your truck. Products like this cable guard are so common you likely walk over them or drive over them on other job sites each year without even noticing. However, when you need to restore service quickly with a maze of cords, the Temporary Cable Guard is your best option.

Whether you’re working to pre-wire on a new construction site or doing an entire new installation, the Temporary Cable Guard ensures you have power without worrying about cords. The guard is available in easy-to-assemble 5-foot sections. Buy one or buy ten; you can get as many as you need to get the job done. The Temporary Cable Guard is load tested to 5,000 lbs per tire and accommodates cable up to .750 hardline. It can withstand heavy traffic volume without cable damage. This means it’s a temporary fix that can do the job for a long period of time.

Best of all, it can be easily anchored to concrete with screws if you need a tight hold. The Temporary Cable Guard is a great outdoor tool to reduce truck roll, make it easier to move carts of material around the job site, and eliminate downtime from traffic or roadway activities.

How About an Inside Job?

No, we don’t mean that kind of inside job! When you’re working on interior job sites that don’t have wiring in yet and power is needed, the Sidewinder helps you run power and other cabling without worrying about trip-and-fall incidents. The Sidewinder has an articulated, flexible design. This means it curves around corners and through different rooms with ease, and does so without losing its flat profile. Installation of the Sidewinder is easy. You won’t need any tools, and the color design ensures your eye catches the obstacle on the floor in advance.

The Sidewinder comes in fully-customizable lengths, starting at 4 ½ feet and extending as far as you need. The pieces alternate in color, with available options of black, yellow, brown, and gray. No more worrying about tripping or tipping carts filled with spools just trying to cross an extension cord.

Seem Silly?

Well, it might seem silly to focus on cable guard systems, we admit that much. However, when you look at trip-and-fall statistics on North American job sites you realize quickly how important a simple investment in either of these products could be. The National Safety Council in the United States points out that overall, two of the most common locations for falls are high-traffic areas and unstable work surfaces. Sound like your last job site?

Let’s get specific to the job site though. Reliable Plant cites US Department of Labor information that notes:

  • Slip, trip, and fall incidents makeup 15% of all accidental deaths per year, the second-leading cause behind motor vehicles
  • Slip, trip, and fall incidents account for 25% of all reported injury claims in a fiscal year
  • Slip, trip, and fall incidents result in a total of 95 million lost work days per year, accounting for roughly 65% of all work days lost in total

Workplace trips can result in minor injuries such as twist ankles, sprained knees, and broken wrists in many cases. In severe cases, trips can lead to falls from height that result in hospitalization or death. The next time you’re on a job site, think about how often you do (or do not) look down. Are you just missing those cords as is? If so, the Sidewinder and Temporary Cable Guard not only make life smoother on the job site, they make it safer too.

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Introducing the Plugfones from Rack-A-Tiers

Finally, innovative hearing protection that combines comfortable noise reducing earplugs, with high-quality audio speakers. That’s right, the Plugfones are earplugs and headphones all in one, so you can work hard, and rock hard at the same time!

These unique earplug tips surpass the quality of traditional earplugs, as they fit securely in your ear without falling out. Unlike traditional earplugs, Plugfones allow you to hear outside low-level noises while listening to music, audiobooks, or podcasts. The Plugfones can be purchased in a nonrestrictive version, or in a volume limiting technology: which maintains the volume at or below 82 dB per OSHA standards, with earplugs that certify the ANSI noise reduction standard up to 30 dB. Available in a wired and Bluetooth version.

Rack-A-Tiers is dedicated to pushing innovation in the electrical industry. Our tools are inspired and invented by the end-users themselves: Tools by electricians, for electricians! As a family run business, we want to supply tools any electrician would be happy to use every day.

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Load Up Easy with the Spool Mule

At Rack-A-Tiers we pride ourselves on offering the tradespeople of North America with the tools and equipment they need to get the job done. For some, this means finding the best drill bits, screwdrivers, and other power tools to get work done faster. For others, such as electricians, it’s about keeping your van, truck, and/or worksite tidy with spool systems. While clean and easy wire dispensing is great, what about re-spooling?

It’s not like you pull out the right amount of wire every single time. Sometimes you just pull too much and want to wind it up. You could turn a crank manually or just wrap it up by hand, but does that sound like a lot of fun? Didn’t think so. That’s why we have the Spool Mule to make the job easier. Never heard of it? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re about to give you a quick look at this innovative new product from Rack-A-Tiers.

Let the Mule Carry the Load

OK, this isn’t the type of mule you load up with equipment and trust to carry the weight. You have a sturdy truck or reliable van for that job. Don’t overlook this mule though, because it can still put in a hard day’s work. The Spool Mule is a remarkably simple tool that you can use with equipment you already have on hand.

The purpose of the Spool Mule is simple. It gives you the power to quickly and easily recoil wire, conduit, rope, and cables when the work day is done. No more rolling it up by hand or turning a manual crank. All you need is a drill, ¾” conduit, and the Spool Mule kit and you’re ready to go. What’s in the kit?

Well, each Spool Mule from Rack-A-Tiers includes a ¾” conduit-to-drill attachment so you can re-spool any wires or cables. You also get 2 Spool Mule brackets so you can set up the spool and get ready to re-spool all of your cables. All that’s left to do is attach your drill and away you go. Crank up the drill and watch the Spool Mule do all the hard work for you in a snap. It’s worth mentioning though, the Spool Mule kit does not come with ¾” conduit, only the conduit-to-drill attachment piece.

Role of the Spool Mule

After you’ve run electrical conduit all day, spooled out cable, or wired up a house, your collection of spools might look empty and disheveled. At the very least, you have a lot of cable and wiring lying around! Cleaning all of that up isn’t exactly going to be at the top of your fun list. Fun or not, it has to get done though before you can go! If you’ve got a drill and the Spool Mule kit, you’ll be done in no time.

All you have to do is hook up your spools to the Spool Mule brackets, one on either side of the spool. Connect the conduit-to-drill attachment to your power drill, and away you go. Crank it up and the Spool Mule starts the spool rolling up the wire so you can clean up faster and go home sooner. This isn’t just about cleaning up though.

Maybe you have a broken spool in the warehouse, van, or on the jobsite. Rather than manually transferring all of your cable, wire, conduit, or rope to a new spool, let the Spool Mule do it. The process works the same, and before you know it you’ve got your wires and cables all ready to go for the next job.

Speed and Efficiency

We can’t emphasize enough the value of Rack-A-Tiers tools. We know what tradespeople do to keep North America humming, and we appreciate it. Our job is to put the right tools in your hands to get things done faster. The Spool Mule is just one of many tools from Rack-A-Tiers that can make life easier at work.

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