Archive for February, 2014

Compatibility of the Petzl Stop with the Petzl ASAP

Following a couple of postings on a few social media sites, we thought we would clarify that we do NOT recommend using the Petzl Stop (and any other descending device that does not completely lock off fully without manual intervention) with the Petzl ASAP.

The key reason for this is that the ASAP requires a sudden movement or high speed to work; If a device allows the rope to creep through (which the Petzl Stop may in certain circumstances – on certain types / on certain rope diameters / in certain conditions i.e. in the wet  / on ‘contaminated’ rope), then the ASAP will not ‘engage’ and both devices may descend down the rope. This could prove fatal depending upon dangers below (working above hazards such as water, hot pipes, fragile surfaces, free-flowing solids, traffic etc)

An example would be: if an abseiler was knocked unconscious where the ropes did not reach the ground and no stopper knots had been tied in the rope ends, the Stop and ASAP may creep down and the abseiler will drop off the end of the rope.

Further to this IRATA now recommend the use of EN12841 type C descenders, the Petzl Stop is an EN341 class A descender.

Note: The above information is guidance and it is up to the user / company to risk assess equipment in / out

New Petzl Arborist Equipment for 2014

Petzl have a new range of products for arborists which are due for release in 2014 (To order / Pre-order please use the click through links):
Petzl Arb Equipment

Already available are the Petzl Zigzag or ‘Petzl ZZ!), a clever mechanical prusik, the successor to the original recalled version released in February 2013. Also just released onto the UK market is the arborist work positioning lanyard the Petzl Zillon; Available with a choice of 3 different rope lengths (2.5m, 4m and 5.5m).

Due for release at some point towards the end of February / beginning of March are a new version of the Petzl Sequoia and Sequoia SRT harnesses, a shoulder strap option compatible with the Sequoia SRT harness, and also a separate expandable arborist seat, the Petzl Swing Seat (compatible with both Sequoia harnesses).

Spare parts and accessories for these arborists products include: Petzl Suspension Bridge and the multi-directional gated ring, the Petzl Ring Open.


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