All Product Recalls, Safety Alerts & Notices
MSA is issuing this Safety Advisory to inform you that MSA has received field reports that some green colored MSA V-Gard Protective Caps are cracking. The cracking occurs at the top of the cap, and is not caused by an impact to the cap. MSA has confirmed that the cause of the cracking is limited to green colored, medium size MSA V-Gard Protective Caps and that corrections have been made to prevent recurrence.
The safety of our products is our top concern at Honeywell. We have recently learned of a quality issue affecting certain lot numbers of our Fibre Metal E2 Cap and North Peak A79 hard hats that may render them unable to provide the impact protection for which they were designed and certified. The affected hats can be identified by manufacture date and lot, and are set forth on the attached documents below.
Upon investigation of the field report, MSA determined that the leg strap and chest strap used in select MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are incompatible. Although the harness can be donned, in the event of a fall, the shoulder straps may extend and affect the protection offered by the harness.
CMC Rescue has received a report of a single MPD™ (13 MM model) that was assembled with an 11 MM model front plate (see photo below). This would provide additional travel of the internal moving brake, potentially allowing greater gripping force on the rope than would be optimal in some applications…
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.
CMC Rescue has received a very limited number of reports of one or more of the MPD cover plate cap screws (see photo below) found to be loose. CMC Rescue has determined that this condition does not present a safety hazard to users. Per the supplied User Instruction Card, and as with all life safety equipment, we recommend users inspect the MPD before and after each use. If during visual inspection any of the fasteners are found to be loose, contact CMC Rescue to return the unit for service.
The ZorbitTM Energy Absorber is used with horizontal lifeline systems to limit fall arrest forces on the worker in the event of a fall. 3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has identified a production issue with its Zorbit Energy Absorbers that creates a risk of serious injury or death for a user in the event of a fall from height. Although there have been no reported accidents or injuries associated with this issue, 3M Fall Protection is voluntarily recalling a limited lot range of this product and will replace affected energy absorbers free of charge.
Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the United States while using the sleeve. Although our review did not reveal product hazard or risk scenarios that would arise in the ordinary and proper use of the product, it did reveal potential misuse scenarios that could result in serious injury or death. The potential misuse scenarios include interference with the braking mechanism (such as entanglement with cords, lanyards, clothing or other materials, or grasping the sleeve prior to or during a fall), or result from the user attaching the sleeve upside down (user inversion). No safety regulator has made a finding that the design of the original Lad-Saf sleeve is defective.
Capital Safety is issuing the attached Product Retrofit Notice regarding the Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems manufactured before January 1, 2016. Capital Safety has determined that DBI-SALA ® Advanced Davit systems do not fully meet some of the loads specified for certain davit adjustment positions as represented in the “Instruction for Use” (IFU) manual and product labels. There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue. Capital Safety has reviewed the design of the davit systems, and has revised all systems manufactured after December 1, 2015 to address these issues.
Capital Safety is issuing a Product Retrofit Notice regarding the UniRail / RoofSafe carriages manufactured before February 2015. Capital Safety has received a limited number of reports of fractured circlips (the locking screw retaining clips) which can allow the locking screw to unscrew and separate from the carriage body. If the locking screw separates from the carriage body, it is possible for the shackle retaining pin to slide out of the carriage body and release the tie-off shackle.
In a small percentage of carabiners the interaction between the internal coil spring (which gives the gate its closing action) and the gate pusher (the component that holds the spring against the carabiner body) may cause the gate pusher to displace, potentially preventing the gate from closing or the mechanism from locking completely.
Capital Safety has learned of broken screw heads found in a limited number of Protecta brand Rebel Self Retracting Lifelines (SRLs). The units affected by this notice are the black, extruded aluminum housing versions of the Rebel, manufactured between 1 April 2014 and 30 November 2014.
Two different customers have informed us recently of the failure of the rivet head on two Petzl CROLL rope clamps. Neither failure led to an accident. These two CROLL rope clamps were used on offshore platforms in the North Sea. There was no sign of specific wear or damage on either CROLL before these failures occurred.
Yoke Industrial Corporation, the manufacturer of snaphooks used on many fall protection products industry wide, including MSA’s, recently notified MSA of an issue involving the potential for missing or improperly installed rivets on Yoke snaphooks.
Capital Safety has received reports that the plastic chest strap adjuster used in a very limited number of Delta and Exofit harnesses manufactured between November 2012 and April 2013 may break under load.
Genie has become aware of secondary boom angle sensor calibrations performed in the field in which the machine’s service manual may not have been followed creating an improperly calibrated machine. An improperly calibrated machine can lead to machine instability resulting in a machine tip over.
Capital Safety is undertaking a voluntary recall of the sleeve (or shuttle) component of the DBI-SALA Sayfglida Horizontal Lifeline System (“Sayfglida System”). The Sayfglida System is permanently installed as a means of anchoring a fall protection system and consists of a Sayflink Sleeve, a wire cable, and by-passable intermediate brackets. The brackets are designed so that the system may be installed above the user, level with the user, or at walking surface level.
Please be advised that all hooks on all FallTech Lanyards, Rebar Chain Assemblies, Harness/Lanyard Combos and Roofer’s Kits with manufacturing dates of 01/01/2012 through 01/25/2013 should be inspected immediately in accordance with this notice.
In response to an unauthorized “safety alert” regarding Miller by Honeywell harnesses, Honeywell Safety Products issued this notice to ensure customers that they have conducted a thorough internal investigation to determine the root cause.
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.
There have been several incidents involving the 8003 (C05N) full body harness. These incidents, all of which occurred during use within the adventure park environment, involve the leg loops of the harness becoming loosened and/or unbuckled during use.
Capital Safety parts affected by the PenSafe recall, reissued February 7, 2012, include the following: AN112A anchorage connector and Vacuum Anchor models; 2200104, 2200106, 2200047, 2200046, 2200045, 2200037, 2200036.
Connectors may be subject to embrittlement that may cause the threads of the stem to fracture. PenSafe has issued a 2nd Release of its Recall Notice, dated February 7, 2012, reminding its customers of the ongoing recall.
The identified reason for the inadvertent disconnection is the combination of a particular style locking snaphook together with twin elastic lanyard legs attached directly to the eye of the snaphook.
The handle of the Escape Artist may become temporarily caught in the oval screw link. To eliminate risk of this as a safety concern, CMC is offering replacement tethers with a different screw link free of charge to those who have purchased systems or tethers. For purchasers of certified systems, the new assembly retains the system certification to NFPA 1983 when assembled in accordance with the instructions provided with the replacement tether.
Petzl asks users to immediately stop using all GRIGRI 2s with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136. Excessive force on a fully extended handle may disable the braking function.
Notice follows a May 5, 2011, accident involving a Petzl SCORPIO via ferrata lanyard. Because of the ABSORBICA’s similar tear-webbing shock absorption technology, Petzl has issued an inspection recall of both the SCORPIO and ABSORBICA.
Follows a via ferrata accident on Thursday the 5th of May 2011. Investigation and analysis of manufacturing procedures specific to the production of tear webbing energy absorbers has identified a weakness which could explain the defect leading to the cause of this accident.
Two units were manufactured with a “green” plastic component in the locking mechanism, which prevented the latch from staying in a closed position. Due to this vulnerability, the manufacturer has redesigned the harness buckles using all-metal parts.
The bar tack stitch of the affected slings were constructed using an incorrect thread, reducing the Minimum Breaking Strength to 18kN (4,046lbs) from our published MBS of 26.5kN (5,957lbs). These slings were constructed on October 7 and 8, 2010.
A heat treatment deficiency resulted ina potential embrittlement on anchorage connectors. This embrittlement may cause the threads on the stem to fracture prematurely from stress created by the torque of the nut during installation.
Due to a supplier issue, a risk has been brought to our attention that the spring in the cable grab may become ineffective or weaken prematurely. This may lead to failure of the cable grab to “grab” onto the cable which would prevent the arrest of a fall that could lead to serious injury or death.
During the period of August 2003 through August 2005 a manufacturing process was utilized that may have caused improper assembly of an internal component. This may result in the possibility of the unit functioning improperly in a fall.