3M Fall Protection has identified a potential manufacturing issue with a limited number of 3M Protecta Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) with galvanized or stainless-steel lifelines produced in September 2021. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this issue. This manufacturing issue could result in the SRL not engaging properly but can be easily detected through the pre-use inspection as specified in the Instruction for Use (IFU) document. See full release
End-users are instructed to follow the steps below:
Step 1: Locate the label on the SRL to identify the manufacture date and lot number . If the SRL has a manufacture date of 21/SEP(September 2021) and lot number 21093746, continue to step 2. (Please note that regardless of the manufacture date, all SRLs should be inspected prior to every use and by a competent person annually as per the IFU).
Step 2: Pull the lifeline quickly to ensure that the SRL locks up. As per the IFU “Ensure the device locks up when the lifeline is jerked sharply. Lockup should be positive with no slipping.” If the SRL locks up properly and passes all other aspects of the pre-use inspection as defined in the IFU, the SRL is acceptable for use. If you find that your SRL does not lock up, take the Protecta® SRL out of service immediately. Please contact our Customer Service department: US: 1-833-638-2697 or CAN: 1-833-998-2243 and we will arrange to have the SRL inspected and repaired/replaced.