The Gearbag is a newly introduced Australian innovation designed for mining and construction workers to carry their hard hat and boots securely but separately from the rest of their luggage.
Suitable for mining and construction workers who fly to and from work sites on a regular basis, the Gearbag helps prevent the worker’s luggage from getting soiled while also meeting carry-on baggage requirements and eliminating the hassle and inconvenience of having to carry two bags.
The Gearbag combines three bags in one package - computer bag, safety goggles/glasses bag and a back pack, which handles all PPE gear - and goes on board in the cabin luggage.
The Gearbag is designed as a practical solution for carrying the minimum industry standard PPE requirements for any site in Australia, all in one back pack. The fully water-resistant bag can also save a lot of heartache when travelling to remote sites. Gearbags come in true Australian Standards’ Hi Vis reflective material.
A common sight across regional airport terminals anywhere in Australia these days is the huge proportion of FIFO workers in the departure gate lounge. These people are very frequent travellers who make up the majority of passengers to and from remote sites all over the country, working in the mining and resources business as well as in construction and engineering projects.
These workers typically have their helmets and boots tied to the outside of their back packs, or in a separate bag that has to be carried on board. Many ‘proprietary’ packs designed for the purpose are not robust enough to deal with the rigorous conditions encountered by these workers, and do not last long. None of these bags have the clever iPad earphone device, which allows easy listening whilst wearing the Gearbag.
The Gearbag has been invented and designed by Jack Shelley, a 16-year industry veteran in the mining and construction segments. Part of his role is to travel to most mine sites in Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern Western Australia. Based on his experience dealing with bags and carry-on luggage, he designed and manufactured one for himself that would carry everything he needed for a two -night stay on site.
Shelley explained that he received several enquiries about his unique backpack, following which he approached the manufacturers of Drizabone and got the bags manufactured professionally.