3M Recalls & Safety Notices

8/28/2020

3M

INSPECTION NOTICE: 3M™ PROTECTA® Rebel Self Retracting Lifelines (ANSI Versions)

“3M™ Fall Protection has identified a potential manufacturing issue with a limited number of 3M™ Protecta® Rebel Self-Retracting Lifelines (with galvanized or stainless-steel lifelines) produced between October 14, 2019 and February 25, 2020. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this issue. This manufacturing issue could result in the SRL not engaging properly but can be easily detected through the pre-use inspection as specified in the Protecta® Rebel Instruction for Use (IFU) document.”

-3M™

VIEW LETTER

 
 

8/6/2020

3M

Stop Use & Product Recall: 3M™ DBI-SALA SELF-RESCUE DESCENT SYSTEM

“Given this recent information, 3M Fall Protection is issuing a “Stop Use and Recall” of all 3 models of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Self-Rescue Descent Systems including P/N 3320030; 3320031 & 3320037. We have completed a review of returned training units from the field and have concluded that this cracking condition is also a result of embrittlement overtime of the plastic spool used to hold the lifeline rope.  This embrittlement could inhibit the ability of the Self-Rescue Descent System to fully descend an end-user in the event of a fall.  This spool is internal to the Self-Rescue Descent System and unlike the training, models cannot be inspected.  Please note we are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.”

-3M™

VIEW LETTER

VIEW ADVISORY

 
 

5/13/2020

3M

Stop Use: 3M™ Fall Protection Specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash Harnesses

“As part of 3M Fall Protections continued commitment to producing high quality safety and personal protective equipment, we conduct periodic testing of our products. Recent testing of specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash harnesses have returned negative test results on some units. The Arc Flash Standard (ASTM F887) requires that all arc flash rated harnesses be subjected to an Arc Flash followed by a successful dynamic drop test. It should be noted that there is variability in Arc Flash testing of webbing based products. Although not fully understood, it can stem from several contributing factors including positioning, webbing gap to the test torso, environmental elements, arc path, input energy and other possible sources.”

-3M™

VIEW ADVISORY

 
 

1/7/2020

3M

Product Advisory: 3M™ DBI-SALA® EZ-Stop™ Shock Absorbing Lanyards (ANSI Versions Only)

“As part of 3M Fall Protection’s on-going commitment to delivering high quality safety equipment, we are notifying our customers of the following information related to the 3M™ DBI-SALA® EZ-Stop™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard portfolio.

With respect to the voluntary ANSI/ASSE Z359.13-2013 standard, recent 3M testing produced results marginally (~2-4%) above the maximum requirement for testing in ambient, dry conditions.1  We believe this is the result of a raw material issue, which we are currently investigating (with in-scope product shipments currently on hold pending completion of that work).  Product shipments will resume as soon as products are requalified to meet applicable requirements.”

-3M™ 

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8/5/2019

3M

Stop Use & Recall Notice UPDATE AND SOLUTION 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge Self-Retracting Lifelines (ANSI Versions Only)

“3M Fall Protection is pleased to announce it has resolved the partial deployment of the energy absorber that led to the immediate stop use and recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge SRL issued in North America on July 25, 2019. A robust solution has been identified, tested and certified to the ANSI standard Z359.14. With this solution, the energy absorber of these units will deploy properly under all circumstances of use for which these products are intended. The affected units can now be repaired and safely returned to service.”

– 3M Fall Protection

 

7/25/2019

3M

STOP USE & PRODUCT RECALL 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines

“3M Fall Protection announces an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifeline. These Twin-Leg Nano-Loks are used as part of a personal fall protection system that connects two self-retracting lifelines/devices (SRLs/SRDs) directly under the dorsal D-ring of a worker’s harness. The Twin-Leg Nano-Lok edge is intended to be anchored at foot-level, is designed for sharp and/or leading edge applications and incorporates an energy absorber. The Twin-Leg Nano-Lok Wrap Back is intended for wrapping around an anchor and incorporates a similar energy absorber. 3M has determined that in a fall and under certain conditions, the energy absorber of these devices may not properly deploy which could expose the worker to serious injury or death. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries associated with this issue, these products must be removed from service immediately.

To address this situation, in the interests of worker safety, 3M is launching a global stop use of the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok edge and Twin-Leg Nano-Lok Wrap Back SRL devices. 3M is recalling all these devices to be repaired or replaced as soon as a solution is identified, tested and certified. Alternatively, end-users may elect to receive cash for their returned devices as described below. This stop use/recall affects all models of the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok edge and Twin-Leg Wrap Back SRLs since first introduced in 2013. This stop use/recall does not affect the single-leg versions of these models. As of the date of this notice, no 3M twin-leg SRL product is approved for use over sharp or abrasive edges.

– 3M Fall Protection

7/25/2019

3M

Stop Use & Product Recall IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Rope Grab AC202D

“3M Fall Protection has determined that the 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D is incorrectly stamped for use with 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter rope on the exterior body of the unit. This Cobra Rope Grab is certified for use ONLY with 5/8 inch diameter polyester or polypropylene rope. All marketing information and the Instructions for Use (IFU) for this rope grab correctly identify the size of rope to be used as 5/8 inch polyester/polypropylene rope. 

In the event of a fall from height, a Cobra Rope Grab used with 1/2 inch diameter rope may not arrest the fall and could result in serious injury or death to the worker. To remedy this situation, 3M is launching a Stop Use & Product Recall to replace all AC202D and related Cobra Rope Grabs that are stamped 1/2″—3/4″ Dia.”

– 3M Fall Protection

 

4/16/2019

3M

INSPECTION NOTICE: 3M™ DBI-SALA® ExoFit NEX™ Harnesses

“3M Fall Protection has learned of the possibility of a manufacturing defect in a dorsal d-ring utilized in ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018. Although there have been no reported incidents involving this condition, a dorsal d-ring with this defect will not support the load in a fall arrest event which could result in serious injury or death. Harnesses manufactured only within this date range require immediate inspection for lot number 09P1 stamped into a dorsal d-ring. We believe that only one harness was manufactured with a defective D-ring, but we urge inspection of all potentially affected harnesses out of an abundance of caution in the interests of worker safety.

To address the situation, 3M Fall Protection is launching a global Inspection Notice. As set out in the attached Notice, all ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018 require inspection prior to use.”

– 3M Fall Protection

2/12/2019

3M

PRODUCT ADVISORY: 3M™ DBI-SALA® Self-Rescue

“3M Fall Protection has identified a manufacturing issue within a limited number of 3M™ DBISALA® Self-Rescue devices manufactured prior to December 2018. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this issue. The fall-arrest performance of the Self Rescue is not affected by this issue but it may impact the self-rescue function of the unit. The manufacturing issue can be visually inspected and is easily identified through a pre-use inspection.

To address the situation, 3M Fall Protection is launching a global Inspection Notice. As set out in the attached Notice, the impacted model #s 3320030 and 3320031 require inspection prior to use, and users are provided several options including free inspection and/or replacement at [email protected].”
– 3M Fall Protection

 

1/14/2019

3M

PRODUCT ADVISORY: D-Ring Extenders In Leading Edge Applications

“3M Fall Protection has received a series of inquiries regarding the use of dorsal D-ring extenders with Leading Edge SRL’s in environments where sharp edges are present. Examples of 3M dorsal D-ring extenders are shown below, but the concern applies to all dorsal D-ring extenders, regardless of the supplier/manufacturer.”

– 3M Fall Protection

 

11/6/2018

3M

QUALITY ALERT – 3M™ DBI-SALA® Exofit™ Harnesses

“3M Fall Protection has received reports that the aluminum reinforcement plate used in the seat sling on certain DBI-SALA ExoFit™, ExoFit XP™ (inc. Arc Flash), and ExoFit NEX™ (inc. Arc Flash) harnesses can become dislodged from the webbing. In a few instances, the aluminum seat plate has separated from the harness and fallen to the ground, creating a potential dropped object hazard. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this condition. The performance of the harnesses is unaffected by this issue—they will perform properly in all respects, including as body support for a personal fall arrest system in the event of a fall, even without the added comfort offered by the seat sling.”

– 3M™ Fall Protection

9/12/2018

3M

STOP USE & RECALL NOTICE – 3M™ DBI-SALA® 16 Foot Talon™ Self Retracting Lifeline

“3M Fall Protection is issuing the attached Stop Use and Recall Notice regarding the 3M™ DBI-SALA® 16 Ft. Talon™ Self Retracting Life Line. We have detected a small quantity of DBI-SALA 16 Ft. Talon™ Self Retracting Lifelines that are defective due to an assembly error. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this condition. However, this assembly error would result in the unit not arresting a fall, which could result in serious injury or death. Your immediate action is required.”

– 3M™ Fall Protection

5/17/2017

3M/CAPITAL SAFETY

STOP USE NOTICE – Free Standing Counterweight Anchor Using an Evolution Leap Post

3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has received field reports of broken end-posts (also known as Lead Energy Absorbing Posts, or “LEAP posts”) used in roof-mounted EvolutionTM Horizontal Lifeline Systems. 3M has launched a global Stop Use – Field Service Action to address this situation. The same Evolution end-posts are also used in Free Standing Counterweight Anchor systems. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this condition.

6/29/2012

3M

3M Series Self Retracting Lanyards – The THOR family of Self-Retracting Lanyards units manufactured by IKAR from November 01, 2011 to June 25, 2012 (M-, RLD- and 205G- Series)

3M was recently informed by IKAR GmbH, that their supplier of the brake pad material used in the THOR family of 3M Self-Retracting Lanyards had experienced a process quality issue in the manufacture of the brake pads that could potentially affect the performance of those units.

9/18/2011

3M

3M™ G-7 and GW-11 Series Retractable Lanyard Models: GW-7, GW-11, GW-7-0241A, GW-7-0241H, GW-11-0241A, GW-11-0241H, GW-11NS, DLGW-7, DLGW-7-0241A and DLGW-11-0241A

3M has identified a limited number of units that don’t properly achieve lock up during user inspection. Users are asked to return units for service immediately.

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