All Product Recalls, Safety Alerts & Notices
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.
INSPECTION NOTICE – CMC Rescue MPD
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.
INSPECTION NOTICE – LADSAF X2 & X3
3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has identified a limited number of Lad-Saf X2/X3 sleeves with the locking lever not working properly. This condition can allow the sleeve to disengage from the cable during use. The assembly error is believed to affect only a limited number of units and has been corrected.
DBI-SALA® Zorbit™ Energy Absorber – RECALL NOTICE (Note: recall Limited to lot #2101506 through 2464624 only)
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.
Lad-Saf™ Sleeve Product Stop Use & Recall / Replacement Notice Immediate Action Required
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.
Advance Adjustable Offset Davit System (USA version) Product Retrofit Notice
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.
UniRail / RoofSafe Carriage
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.
Select carabiner internal coil springs
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.
Protecta Rebel SRL
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.
GUARDIAN FALL PROTECTION
Rebar Hook Failure
The failure involved the detachment of the u-block from the hook body. The the failure point has been sighted as the threaded bolt/nut.
Chest Strap Adjusters
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 Z-135/70 Boom Lifts
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.
DBI-SALA Sayfglida Horizontal Lifeline System (“Sayfglida System”)
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.
FallTech Lanyards, Rebar Chain Assemblies , Harness/Lanyard Combos, and Roofer’s Kits
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.
MILLER BY HONEYWELL
Miller Duraflex harness D-ring
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 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.
GUARDIAN FALL PROTECTION
All Guardian Fall Protection (GFP) Products featuring a specific SWIVEL SNAPHOOK shipped from GFP after 8/26/2011
Inspection notice for GFP products featuring a possible unsafe condition due to a supplier defect in a specific style of swivel snaphook supplied to Guardian between 8/26/2011 and 6/25/2012.
8003 (C05N) full body harness
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.
3730 Anchorage Connector with a manufacturing code 07B
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.
All NEWTON C73*** full body fall arrest harnesses with a Series Number equal to or less than 11365***
Special request to control the sternal attachment point. Improperly positioned safety stitching was found on one of the loops of the sternal attachment point.
All FallTech full body harnesses featuring Quick-Connect (Bayonet Style) buckles
It was discovered that the male and female halves of the buckle were improperly paired, which may result in disengagement or unfastening of the buckle while in use.
MIO MECHANICAL CORP.
MIO rope grabs model RG-1200 (blue pin and roller, for use on ½” dia. rope) sold during Nov 1, 2011 to February 10, 2012
Due to an error during the manufacture of the rope grabs with SN#s 1212, 11112 and 11122 will not work and fail in case of an emergency.
3730 Anchorage Connector with a manufacturing code 07B
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.
Protecta Shock Absorbing Twin-Leg Lanyards
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.
Findings of indicative tests demonstrate that releasing a towing cord while towing a Petzl Shunt as a back-up device is not consistently effective.
Y-shaped Protecta Shock Absorbing Lanyards
A inadvertent disconnection was reported during use of the locking snaphook used in a series of Capital Safety’s “Y-shaped” Protecta lanyards (part number 9502573).
3730 Anchorage Connector
Connectors may be subject to embrittlement that may cause the threads of the stem to fracture.
TX12 Series of Energy Absorbing Lanyards
Elk River has discovered a problem with the manufacture of the TX12 Series of Energy Absorbing Lanyards.
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.
Escape Artist System (certified to NFPA 1983), Survivor Escape Artist System, or FR Escape Tether with a 7-mm oval screw link that attaches the tether to the Escape Artist
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.
All GRIGRI 2’s (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B) with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136
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.
ABSORBICA: Request for immediate inspection (P/Ns: L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, L59 MGO, L59 69, L70120 YG, L70150 IM, L70150 YM, L70150 I, L70150 Y, L70150 YM)
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.
SCORPIO via ferrata lanyards (L60, L60 CK, L60 2, L60 2CK, L60 H, L60 WL, K29VF 1, K29VF 2, K29VE 1, K29VE 2, K29V 1, K29V 2) manufactured before May 17, 2011, up to serial number 11137****
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.
CROLL (B16), ATTACHE (M35 SL), ASCENCION (B17) and RESCUE (P50)
Illegal copies of the listed products were discovered in China. These counterfeit products show serious defects which affect their performance and strength.
MILLER BY SPERIAN
MILLER fall protection harnesses
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.
11/16″ nylon sewn slings in lengths 24″, 30″ and 48″
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.
MILLER BY SPERIAN
415/ D-bolt anchors sold between June 1, 2008, and March 10, 2010, and has the heat code designation “07 B”
An issue with a specific heat lot was identified. The heat lot “07 B” was insufficiently heat-treated.
3730 Anchorage Connectors with the 07 B year and heat code
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.
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD.
FP571/8 cable grabs with the following date codes “01-10” and “04-10”
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.
MILLER BY SPERIAN
Miller Back Biter lanyards
Manufacturer was notified of a backbiter rivet shearing, which caused the keeper on the snaphook to detach from the unit.
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD.
North Safety has received reports that the pin attaching the carabiner to the Saf-T-Grip sleeve has occasionally broken in ordinary use.
2/28/2007 (revised 3/12/2007)
ANTENNA PRODUCTS CORP.
SCE-2 Safety Sleeve Fall Protection Devices, part number 1000-1672-401 and 1000-0425-401
Under certain conditions, the SCE-2 safety sleeves may fail to function as designed and may allow a climber to fall a distance sufficient to cause serious injuries or death.
MILLER FALL PROTECTION
All Miller MiniLite Fall Limiter (FL11) and Titan Fall Limiter (TFL) models
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.