All Product Recalls, Safety Alerts & Notices
User Safety Notice: Latchways Standard Self-Retracting Lifeline
MSA is issuing this User Safety Notice to inform you that MSA has received field reports of a limited number of Latchways Standard Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) in which some internal bolts came loose. MSA has not received any reports of injuries associated with this condition. However, we are requesting that you perform the actions outlined in this notice. Over time, the loose bolts will be identifiable by the user as extraction of the cable from the SRL housing will no longer be possible. However, MSA’s investigation has determined that this may be preceded by a window of time in which a fall may not be arrested.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Inspection Notice: MSA WORKMAN® MINI & V-EDGE™ WEB 8ft/2.4m PFLs
“MSA is issuing this Inspection Notice to inform you that MSA has received a limited number of field reports in which the lifeline in a WORKMAN MINI PFL did not retract after being fully extended. MSA has not received any reports of injuries associated with this condition. However, we are requesting that you perform the inspection outlined in this notice.”
Miller by Honeywell
Mandatory Stop Use Notice Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines Safety Notice
“At Honeywell, our mission is to be the global leader in personal protective equipment with innovative solutions that protect and save lives. In line with our commitment to our mission statement, we are writing to inform you of potentially non-conforming brake components in certain models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) ranges manufactured within a specific timeframe. While there have been NO reported incidents due to this nonconformity, continued use of the product could result in serious injury or death.
We have already determined a solution for the potential non-conforming brake components for affected models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs), which will require replacement of the brake component at our repair center. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and potential business disruption. We urge you to immediately discontinue use of affected units to avoid safety risks.”
– Honeywell Industrial Safety
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
STOP USE & PRODUCT RECALL 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SAFETY ADVISORY – MSA Green Colored V-Gard® Protective Caps
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.
SAFETY NOTICE – Voluntary product recall of certain lots of Fibre Metal E2 Cap & North Peak A79
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.
SAFETY NOTICE – Stop Use MSA Gravity® Welder Harness
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.
PRODUCT SAFETY NOTICE – CMC Rescue MPD™ 13 MM Model (Red), Part# 333000
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…
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.
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
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
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***
All FallTech full body harnesses featuring Quick-Connect (Bayonet Style) buckles
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
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.
Y-shaped Protecta Shock Absorbing Lanyards
3730 Anchorage Connector
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
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)
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”
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
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD.
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
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.