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A Matter of Millimeters

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

PMI is a distributor of life safety equipment for work-at-height and we care about your safety and the equipment you use. Heightec has recently released an important inspection statement regarding the heightec D42 Twist Chest Ascender. If you use this chest ascender, then please carefully read the inspection notice and comply with all requests to see if your heightec D42 Twist Chest Ascender meets the requirements for replacement. We recommend measuring the device as heightec states and checking the batch number on the device before sending it in because it may not qualify for replacement. PMI customers can send their Twist to PMI or heightec for inspection and possible replacement if it meets the criteria stated in the notice by heightec.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this request may cause. Always make sure that you are using equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions and that each person is properly trained to use the equipment.
PMI is always happy to answer any questions and provide you with further assistance for this inspection notice by contacting us at (706) 764-1437 or 1 (800) 282—ROPE (7673) or custserv@pmirope.com. If your heightec D42 Twist Chest Ascender meets requirements for replacement then you can send it with the inspection notice and your return address to the:

Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc.
c/o Kim Hunter
P.O. Box 803
Lafayette, GA 30728

heightec Inspection Notice:

Incident

During an IRATA Level 1 training course a candidate’s chest ascender, a heightec Twist (D42) released the rope during a wide re-belay maneuver when the ascender was in the bottom of the ‘V’ of rope and both sides of the ‘V’ were loaded. No one was injured during the incident.

Investigation

Checks have indicated that twist ascenders manufactured before December 2011 could be susceptible to a similar issue. Compact and Pulsar ascenders are not affected.

Action required

Twist ascenders manufactured before December 2011 may be identified by their batch number, e.g. 1211, where the first two digits signify the month (12 = December) and the last two digits signify the year (11 = 2011).

If you have any twist ascenders manufactured before December 2011 measure across the body of the device to the side of the rivet head as shown in the photo. The shortest distance between the two points shown should be 26mm or less.

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If the dimension is greater than 26mm then quarantine the device and return it to heightec for free replacement. Alternatively, contact heightec Technical Manager Chris Edmondson on 01539728866 or Email, chris.edmondson@heightec.com. 7/10/15

The heightec Group Ltd, Lake District Business Park, Mint Bridge Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6NH, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1539 728866 Fax: +44 (0) 1539 728833

Email: info@heightec.com Web: heightec.com

ASSE Releases Several New Safety Standards

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers has released several new safety standards, including: ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses; ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2014 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest & Rescue Systems; ANSI/ASSE Z359.15-2014 Safety Requirements for Single Anchor Lifelines and Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest Systems; ANSI/ASSE A10.24-2014 Roofing Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs; and ANSI/ASSE A10.44-2014 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction & Demolition Operations. You can find ASSE’s official announcement, and links to the standards, at: http://ow.ly/KgfJW

Manfacturer Request to Return MIO Rope Grab RG-716 for Inspection/Repair

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

MIO Mechanical Corp. has issued a request for all rope grabs model RG-716 purchased within the last 10 years be returned to the manufacturer for inspection and repair. The turn-around for the inspection will not take longer than one week. Download the Manufacturer’s Announcement for full details.

PMI Rope Recycling

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Go green with PMI! To help reduce the waste in our nation’s landfills, PMI has joined with SurePaw to reuse and recycle retired ropes. (more…)


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