3M announces recall for two self retracting lifelines

3M Fall Protection has announced a global stop use and recall for its Dbi-Sala Nano-Lok edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines.

A report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration says the twin-leg Nano-Lok edge is part of a personal fall protection system and connects two self-retracting lifelines/devices (SRL’s/SRD’s) directly under the dorsal d-ring of a worker’s harness. It is intended to be anchored at foot-level, and is designed for sharp edge applications. The twin-leg Wrap Back Nano-Lok is intended for wrapping around an anchor and incorporates a similar energy absorber. 3M has determined that in the event of a fall and under certain conditions, the energy absorber may not properly deploy which could expose the worker to serious injury or death. Although there have been no reports of accidents or injuries associated with this issue, these products must be removed from service immediately.

The company is recalling all units to be repaired or replaced as soon as a solution is identified, tested and certified. In the interim, and until a repair or replacement is available, end-users may choose to receive cash for their returned units as described below. The decision affects all versions of the Nano-Lok edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg SRL’s since first introduced in 2013.

Users and owners are being called upon to immediately stop using Nano-Lok edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg SRL and take these units out of service.

Users can go to www.NanoLokEdgeRecall.com and follow instruction to return a unit. As soon as a product solution is available, 3M will either repair or replace your unit and return it to you at 3M’s expense. Alternatively, individuals can choose to receive $200 when returning a unit. As an interim solution requiring continuous connection in leading edge applications with sufficient fall clearance, 3M recommends the DBI-SALA EZ-Stop Leading Edge 100% Tie-Off Cable Shock Absorbing Lanyard. Users can also contact 3M Customer Service at 1-833-638-2697 or 3musfpserviceaction@mmm.com for additional recall information.

Distributors can contact 3M’s customer service department at 1-833-638-2697 or email us at 3musfpserviceaction@mmm.com to obtain a listing of all Nano-Lok edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg SRL’s sold to them. Those who have any of these units in stock can return them to 3M Fall Protection for credit at 3M’s expense.

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