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NEWS > AUG 2018

When Lives are on the Line

U.S. Rigging Supply Takes on Ever-Changing Safety Challenges of Fall Protection

AUG ISSUE Wire Rope News

lives on the line

“Fifty feet in the air above Fountain Street, Kyle Coulombe, dusted in rust and as lean as a cable, shimmies up a naked steel column toward an 800-pound beam suspended above his head.” So begins the front page story of a recent Providence Sunday Journal. For this small capital city of Rhode Island, the construction of the Residence Inn Providence Hotel is big news.”

As a third-generation ironworker, Kyle has a job that he says suits his personality and skills just fine. He’s fearless. On this day, as the crane operator hoists the beam close to him, Kyle connects it to another beam. Then, as the crane continues to hold the beam, Kyle walks its length and then attaches the other end.

“Having bolted the close end, Kyle now attaches his safety line to the top flange of the beam. It trails behind him as he ambles to the middle of the beam – hanging by a cable from the crane hook. “He slips around the cable, resets his safety line and walks to the end. The beam dips slightly from his weight.” “That guy’s nuts,” says one admiring observer.*

As Kyle nimbly traverses the beams, he depends not just on his steely nerve, but also his strength, agility… and that safety assembly attached to the harness around his chest.

Companies like U.S. Rigging Supply know how critical their safety products are.

“Our involvement in safety came over time through my ownership of the Pelican Rope Manufacturing company,” says Terry Walker, CEO. “We had already been making a fall protection life safety rope for many years, under our brand and private labeled for many major safety companies. It just made sense that we would get involved with the safety standards and integrating hardware with ropes for assemblies, lanyards and vertical lifelines. We do a lot of that for OEM and distribution partners.”

Most of their customers are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) rigging shops. They supply a variety of types of rigging equipment and hardware, including safety and fall protection.

Time-Lapse Video

View a time-lapse video showing Kyle and other members of the “raising gang” as they build the steel skeleton of Providence’s new Residence Inn.

*Iron Men” by Tom Mooney, Providence Sunday Journal, July 22, 2018.


Read the full article in the August Edition.

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