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MSA Recalls Some of Its Lifelines

Here's how to determine if your climber has one

MSA Latchways Standard Self-Retracting Lifelines
A lifeline product image from the MSA site; see the safety notice for guidance about which products are affected.

Share this item with the person who climbs your tower: Safety equipment maker MSA has issued a user safety notice about one of its products.

“MSA has received field reports of a limited number of Latchways Standard Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) in which some internal bolts came loose,” the company wrote.

It said it has not received reports of injuries associated with the condition, but it advises customers to remove relevant ones from service and return them to the company.

It published information so users can determine if their particular units are affected.

“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.”

The company will rework the product at no cost.

The notice was issued by Nathan Andrulonis, the company’s director of product safety.

The alert was forwarded by NATE, the Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, as an urgent industry safety alert.

Read the notice.