Tower climbers and tower owners, listen up: Capital Safety, which makes fall protection gear, has issued a product safety notice.
It concerns the company’s DBI-SALA Lad-Saf Flexible Cable Ladder Safety System, also known as a “Safety Climb System.” Capital Safety states in its notice that it has received a limited number of reports of 7×19 strand carrier cable slippage from the carrier clamp in the top bracket of these ladder safety systems.
“Although this top bracket design has been used in the market for more than 40 years without incident, the reported slippage raises the potential for injury to users of affected systems,” it states.
It said that based on an analysis of component manufacture dates, the affected systems are:
– systems using 3/8 inch 7×19 strand galvanized cable, with – top bracket assemblies (including carrier clamps) purchased from Capital Safety between Sept. 1, 2013 and May 13, 2014.
The company recommends that users inspect their systems prior to the next use to determine whether 3/8 inch 7×19 strand cable is used and, if so, determine whether the top bracket assemblies were purchased within those dates. “If an affected Lad-Saf system or Safety Climb System is found, do not use the system until you have contacted Capital Safety Customer Service at 1-800-328-6146 (ext. 2012), or email us at [email protected]”
It said this notice is not a recall and does not apply to top bracket assemblies purchased outside of those dates or ladder safety systems that use 1×7 strand cable.
The safety notice, including images to help identify the product, is posted here (PDF). It was publicized by the National Association of Tower Erectors.