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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