IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
3M DBI-SALA ® 16 Foot Talon Self Retracting Lifeline
Only Affects Lot Codes 12092430 through 18062730
Dear 3M Fall Protection Distributor:
3M Fall Protection has 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. To remedy this situation, 3M Fall Protection is launching a global Stop Use & Recall Field Service Action to inspect, and repair or replace all 16 ft. Talon Self-Retracting Lifelines with lot codes 12092430 through 18062730 at no cost to all end users.
Please refer to the Stop Use & Recall Field Service Action Notice. The Notice provides instructions for end users and contact information if they have any questions or concerns. We ask that you immediately mail, fax or email the attached Notice directly to your customers who have purchased this product, and undertake any other efforts that you believe could help to put this information in the hands of customers or end users.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in reaching your customers with this information.
Please email any questions you have to 3MCAFPServiceAction@mmm.com.
Few industries require more fall protection equipment than the oil and gas industry. In North America, between 2003 and 2013, more than 1,100 workers in the oil and gas sector were killed in workplace accidents, which is an average of more than a hundred deaths a year.
The work accomplished on an oil rig is considered one of the most at risk in the industry. The workers put in long hours and perform dangerous tasks in harsh environments. Regularly, the workers must climb a derrick ladder to access different areas of the rig. Consequently, many workers climb up to altitudes that are often 100 feet high, numerous times a day. The ladder may be greasy, icy or extremely narrow, which can lead to a fall. Ladders are often offset, forcing workers to switch from one fixed ladder to another. This transition may pose challenges to fall protection systems as workers must be protected the entire time.
Two workers are conducting maintenance on a bridge when one loses his footing and falls. His fall protection gear kicks in and arrests his fall almost as soon as it starts. His life has been saved - but he's not out of harm's way yet.
This worker is still suspended in his fall protection harness, waiting for help. He's at risk for serious health issues, loss of consciousness, and even death.
You've chosen the right safety harness, completed the proper training, and you have a fall protection plan in place. But what happens after the fall? Do you have a rescue plan in place to promptly retrieve a worker who has become suspended in their system?
Why a rescue plan is important
What many people often fail to recognize is that fall protection also includes descent and rescue. When a worker falls and is suspended in their harness, oftentimes calling 911 won't result in the most time-efficient rescue.
The reality is that rescue services are often a secondary aspect for most fire departments. When a fire department arrives at the scene for a rescue, they will need to spend time assessing the site and its hazards, which can result in precious time passing before the rescue actually takes place.
This is why it is beneficial to have a rescue plan in place and to have workers trained on the proper use of on-site rescue equipment in order to conduct their own timely rescues.
From roofers to construction workers; from window washers to electricians. Millions of workers put their lives on the line every day by working at height.
Falls from height remain one of today's biggest workplace hazards. Often, a worker's only line of defense is their fall protection equipment, which commonly includes a self-retracting lanyard (SRL). When your life is on the line, you need to know that your SRL will do its job. Part of your job is knowing how and when to properly inspect it.
A van pulls up to the jobsite and a service worker gets out, ready to tackle the case of the malfunctioning street light. He prepares his bucket truck and pulls out his fall harness. It's old and ratty - probably not much help. So, he leaves it inside the truck and climbs into the bucket. He has to get the job done.
By failing to wear a safety harness, this lone worker put himself at serious risk for injury or death. OSHA regulation 1910.67 mandates that workers in buckets must wear fall protection equipment, with the lanyard connected to an anchor point on the boom or bucket. Failing to do so can have serious consequences. Mechanical failures can result in buckets flipping or separating from the boom, causing workers to fall. There have also been incidents of line trucks being struck by passing vehicles, launching the worker out of the bucket
Gravisys Inc. technicians are certified by the manufacturer to conduct repairs and recertification. This is able to be conducted at the Gravisys office and onsite at the clients facility.
Contract Gravisys for more information.
DBI-SALA Lad-Saf™ Sleeve Notice
Please see the attached DBI-SALA™ Lad-Saf Sleeve recall/replacement notice The incidents reported were due to misuse of the traveller and not defects in the sleeve design itself. With the Stop Use/Quarantine notice, and no immediate replacement X2 or X3 sleeves available, this could potentially put many operations out of service, causing site delays and standby costs.
In order to avoid potential operations downtime and additional delays, you can contact 3M™ Customer Services at 1-800-387-7484, ext 2012, for additional information on the safe use the affected sleeves until replacements can be made available.