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3M Issues Stop Use and Product Recall of Personal Fall Protection System, Rope Grab

Jul 31, 2019

3M Fall Protection has announced an immediate stop use and recall of several products, as outlined in letters to distributors dated July 25. They are:

  • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines. 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.

  • 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D. It 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.

Distributors and contractors should contact 3M’s customer service department at 1-833-638-2697 or via email at [email protected] to obtain a listing of all these products and if they were sold to you. If you have any of these units in stock, return them to 3M Fall Protection for credit at 3M’s expense. If you have any of these units in stock, return them to 3M Fall Protection for credit at 3M’s expense.