Check Out Our New Checkers Catalog!

New Checkers CatalogWe are excited to announce that we have a new Checkers catalog for the 2016 year! Last year, Checkers grew exponentially, with AlturnaMATs, SVE, Zigma Ground Solutions, Firefly, GNR Technologies, Superior Manufacturing Group, and Terraplas all joining the Checkers family. As you can no doubt imagine, our catalog had to undergo substantial changes. Today, we’ll be going over some of those changes to help you find the solutions you need. To start out, you’ll see we’ve changed our color coding system. In last year’s catalog, we had a different color for nearly every product page. This year, we’ve streamlined the organization in the new Checkers catalog to make it easier than ever to find exactly what you need. Starting from the front, we have cable protectors indicated with an orange tab in the top corner of the page, wheel chocks are marked with blue, ground protection products are designated with green, purple marks our cribbing and composite lumber section, peach is for warning whips, light red indicates industrial signals, and last but not least, yellow marks our traffic and parking lot safety category. With so many new products, we needed to ensure each category was clearly marked for ease of access. Just like last year’s catalog, you’ll find the very important cable protector reference guide on page five. This handy table can compare the maximum diameter, load capacity, and number of channels for all of our cable protectors at simply a glance. It is a crucial tool for anyone looking to invest in a cable protection system. On the same note, our wheel chock reference guide, another important page, can be found on page 54. This chart works in the same fashion, allowing you to compare tire diameter and gross vehicle operating weight to find the chock that is perfect for your needs.

New products in the cable protection category include the Illuminated Firefly Cable Protector, seen on page 38. The built-in LED lights provide visibility in darkened areas, while the dog bone connectors allow the Firefly to be easily integrated with an existing Guard Dog or Yellow Jacket cable protection system. In the wheel chock category, you’ll find two new solutions on pages 60 and 61. The UC1210 is the most heavy duty of our UC Series Wheel Chocks, designed for payloads up to 70 tons, while the UCTS003 is our new lightweight general purpose chock, weighing just over 2.5 lbs.! The ground protection category is almost entirely new, featuring AlturnaMATs, VersaMATs, Trakmats, Mud-Traks, LibertyMats, and several varieties of TuffTraks from pages 68-79. Simply put, if you need ground protection, we have you covered. In the warning whip category, you’ll find our new Wing Whip, an innovative solution designed specifically to protect aircraft scimitars from damage. This exciting product can be found on page 115. In our traffic and parking lot safety category, you’ll see several new products from GNR Technologies, on pages 138 and 140. From Park-It car stops to Easy Rider speed bumps, the durable rubber construction of our parking lot solutions ensures that they will long outlast their concrete counterparts.

That was a brief overview of the additions to our new Checkers catalog, if you’d like a copy for yourself, the PDF can be found at this link. And as always, our friendly staff is standing by to answer any questions about our products.


2014 Mine Safety – Accident Prevention

Every year, mining continues to rank among the most dangerous occupations in the world. There are countless hazards employees face each and every day to perform their tasks. One of the biggest dangers is the machinery in which these employees work on and around. Mining equipment is incredibly large, heavy and can move at fast speeds. With a mixture on many sites of autonomous and man-operated machines, it can put the workers on site in great danger of being crushed, pinned or run over by equipment. All of these accidents can be prevented with training and health and safety awareness along with the use of proper safety equipment to ensure accidents do not continue to happen during daily duties and routine maintenance of trucks.

The Department of Labor recently released the“Third Quarter Summary of 2014 Fatal Accidents at Metal/Nonmetal Mines with Preventative Recommendations” report.  This states there were 8 devastating deaths that occurred during the 3rd quarter of 2014. Two of these tragic deaths could have been prevented with the use of wheel chocks, preventing machinery from moving uncontrollably.  Another death occurred while working under a vehicle that was not cribbed properly, tragically taking a life.

These deaths really hit home with the Checkers team, as our goal is to keep employees safe by providing safety equipment that saves lives and protects assets. Below are some of the safety products we offer that serve the mining industry and continue to eliminate safety hazards like these on the job site.

Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors Quality Products for Spring from Checkers Industrial

Checkers Industrial Safety Products is taking a proactive role in encouraging people to plan ahead to reduce safety risks with safety products for spring activities. Injuries and accidental deaths occur much more frequently as outdoor activities increase so being prepared can make a big difference in enjoying the springtime while reducing hazards.

“Everyone looks forward to this time of year, especially after the long winter we experienced in most of the country,” said Ray Torres, President, and CEO of Checkers. He went on to say, “As families start planning their spring activities, we hope to see them include safety as a top priority on their checklist. At Checkers, we take safety very seriously, and we are pleased to offer such a wide variety of products that bring an added measure of safety and peace of mind to individuals and families.”

When you are using a truck or SUV by itself or pulling something behind it, Checkers suggests having a set of wheel chocks to secure your vehicle when it is parked. Brake failure can quickly create a very dangerous situation. Torres stated, “Placing a set of our Value-Check Rubber Wheel Chocks against the tires will help stabilize your vehicle and keep you and those around you safe. The compact size of these durable chocks makes them very easy to handle and store.”

For many people, warmer weather means venturing off-road into areas that test their trucks and SUVs. Night driving also increases considerably this time of year, and insurance studies show drivers are three times more likely to be involved in an accident at night. “Whether you are parked along the roadside at night or stranded in a rugged area, a Value-Check LED Beacon is a great way to increase your visibility far beyond the light created by blinking tail lights,” said Ray Torres. These beacons are built with 26 LED bulbs to increase visibility and they easily attach to your vehicle with their powerful magnetic base.

With technology use on the rise, homes and garages have more cords and cables crossing their floors than ever before. With this trend, injuries from trips and falls are growing by disturbing numbers. According to Checkers, one of the easiest ways to prevent cables and cords from becoming trip hazards is to use Value-Check Rubber Cable Protectors. “These cable protectors help eliminate trip hazards while they protect cables and cords from damage,” said Torres. “Whether the use is temporary or permanent, using cable protectors will extend the life of your cables and reduce the risk of a trip and fall accident.”