Archive for February, 2013

Camp Goblin Fall Arrester / Rope Access Back-up Device

Coming soon from Camp is a new fall arrester called the Goblin. Designed for use on ropes of 10 to 11mm with a short non-shock absorbing lanyard, it has also been tested to cope with a 200Kg rescue load. Although the Camp Goblin operates using a cam to squeeze the rope to arrest a fall, Camp seem to have come up with a device which can also be used on tensioned lines (allowing a rescuer to undertake a rescue from the top down or ground up using the casualties lines – some other back-up devices release if the rope below the device is weighted).

Abaris International are due to receive the first Camp Goblin when it becomes available and will update our site with feedback following testing. The exact price is to be confirmed.

Further information can be found here: Camp Goblin (inclues video of the device being tested with a rescue load, as well as being tested on a tensioned line).

Counterfeit helmets – Importance of buying safety equipment from recognised sources

A recent press release from a safety helmet manufacturer has highlighted the need to buy from legitimate sources and check that your PPE is indeed what it is supposed to be. JSP, a manufacturer of hard hats has discovered a potentially lethal batch of poor quality counterfeits of the JSP MkII safety helmet which they believe has originated from Asia or the Middle East. These bogus hard hats can apparently be split in two with your bare hands! They are easily identifiable from the marks ‘Burly’ and ‘MkII’ under the peak.

Matthew Judson, JSP’s director of technical support, said users should make sure JSP’s name is branded into the helmet, and ensure that the user information leaflet is original – not a photocopy that is not square on the page – correctly spelled, in multiple languages, and with the manufacture’s contact details listed.

They should examine the helmet closely for consistency of colour, clarity and legibility of markings and make sure it is durable.

He said: “If you suspect a helmet is fake, give us a call and we will send someone out to have a look at it, or take it back to the place you bought it from.  If someone had been wearing a bogus helmet and an object had fallen on their head they could be dead. Fakes can kill”.

 

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