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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”.

 

Manta Pro Multi-purpose Helmet to the Rescue!

Abaris International were pleased to see their very popular Manta Pro Multi-purpose helmets (which we supplied to one of Australias largest emergency services) being used in a dramatic rescue yesterday http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21192510

New Petzl Products Information and Expected Availability Dates

Following the release of the new Petzl Airline Throwline and Jet Throwbags for arborists, the new version of the e+LITE Emergency Light and the following Petzl torches for sports customers…
New colours for the Petzl Tikka XP 2 – Black and Orange (replacing the Graphite and Iris)
New colours for the Petzl Tikka Plus 2 – Grey and Red (replacing the Mystic Grey and Pistachio)
New colours for the Petzl Zipka Plus 2 – Grey and Red (replacing the Mystic Grey and Pistachio)
New colour for the Petzl Tikka 2 – Grey, Blue and Violet (replacing the Storm Grey and Tropical Blue)
New colour for the Petzl Zipka 2 – Grey and Blue (replacing the Storm Grey and Tropical Blue)

…coming from Petzl early this year are the following items:

For industrial customers – Due Mid January:

Petzl Avao Bod Fast Harness

Petzl Avao Bod Harness

Petzl Avao Sit Fast Harness

Petzl Avao Sit Harness (also available in all black)

New version of Petzl Top Chest Harness (also available in all black)

New version of Petzl Secur Chest Strap

CIP Waistbelt for firefighers

Kano Tactical Belt

New version of the Petzl Nest Stretcher

Petzl Stef Lifting Straps for the Petzl Nest Stretcher

New version of the Petzl Vizir Visor for the Petzl Vertex or Petzl Alveo helmet range

New version of Petzl Spirit Curved Karabiner

New version of Petzl Croll

New version of Petzl Pantin Foot Ascenders

New version of Petzl Footape

New version of Petzl Footpro

New version of Petzl Basic

New version of Petzl Express Quickdraws

Petzl Tool Bags

Due early February:

Petzl ZigZag Mechanical Prussik

Due early March: –

Petzl Avao Bod Croll Fast Harness

New version of the Petzl Top Croll Chest Harness

Petzl Ultra Vario Headtorch

Petzl Ultra Vario Belt Headtorch

Due early April:

Petzl Vizen Full Face Protective Visor for the Petzl Vertex or Petzl Alveo helmet range

 

For sports customers – Due Mid January:

Petzl Sirocco Climbing and Mountaineering Helmet

New version of Petzl Spirit Curved Karabiner

New version of Petzl Croll

New version of Petzl Pantin Foot Ascenders

New version of Petzl Footape

New version of Petzl Footpro

New version of Petzl Basic

New version of Petzl Express Quickdraws

Due early March:

Petzl Ultra Vario Headtorch

Petzl Ultra Vario Belt Headtorch

Petzl Trios Caving Helmet with Ultra Vario Headtorch

A complete guide to the new Petzl Avao Harness range

Due out early in 2013 the Avao harnesses will be phased in to replace the Petzl Navaho harnesses which have proved so popular for Rope Access and Rope Rescue. Whilst looking similar to the Navaho harnesses, the Avao harnesses have some great design changes.

The full Petzl Avao range includes the following:

Petzl Avao Bod Croll Fast – C71CFA0 / C71CFA1
Petzl Avao Bod Fast – C71AFA1 / C71AFA2
Petzl Avao Bod – C71AAA1 / C71AAA2
Petzl Avao Sit Fast – C79AFA0 / C79AFA1 / C79AFA2
Petzl Avao Sit – C79AAA1 / C79AAA2
Petzl Avao Sit Black- C79AAN1 / C79AAN2
Petzl Top Croll – C81CAA
Petzl Top – C81AAA
Petzl Top Black – C81AAN

Petzl Avao Range Of Harnesses

What’s new / different from the Navaho:

– The AVAO Bod Croll Fast, Avao Bod Fast and Avao Bod have a redesigned chest (top) section that is X-shaped at the rear and the this section is linked through to the leg loops so that if the user is suspended from the dorsal attachment point then the pressures are cleverly distributed through to the padded leg loops and not directly to the waist belt as was the case with the Navaho
– The top section also has a ‘double yolk’ (an inner and and an outer section) with the inner yolk staying flusher to the user if in suspension from the rear (dorsal) attachment point

Petzl Avao Bod Harness Dorsal Attachment Point Suspension

– Deeper waistbelts offering more padding and support
– Bigger leg loops with more padding
– Neoprene ‘keeper’ for any excess leg loop tape (the AVAO harnesses are aimed to fit a wider size of thigh / waist / height)
– Finger and thumb ‘fast’ buckle release (rather than single finger) which is easier to unclip when wearing gloves
– All the various versions of the Avao harnesses have elasticated rear leg strap retainers (as opposed to the current Bod range which have taped webbing – only the Navaho Sits have elasticated leg strap retainers)
– The side D’s (buckles) ‘flip’ to a ‘store’ position flat with the webbing to help avoid snagging when not in use (rather than sticking out as they currently do)- The Croll on the Avao Bod Croll Fast and Top Croll incorporates the new Croll (due for release in January) which is smaller in design to the old Croll

Sizing:

Avao Harness Size Chart
Avao Harness Size Chart

Images and full information can be found on our website by clicking here.

 

New Floating Abseil Rope for Water Rescue and Off-shore Rope Access Work

Introducing the new Beal 11mm Pro Water Floating rope which is the first truly floating semi-static abseil rope that we know of. Made with a neoprene core which gives it it’s float-ability this rope is likely to prove popular as a water rescue rope as well as being probably the most suitable rope for off-shore abseil jobs. For full spec please click here.

 

New harness range from Petzl – Petzl AVAO Harnesses

Following on from our earlier blog article http://www.abaris.co.uk/blog/news/a-sneak-preview-of-some-of-the-new-petzl-products-for-2013/ giving you a sneak peek at what is in the pipeline from Petzl for 2013, we can now announce the big news that Petzl are bringing out a new range of harnesses to replace the currect Petzl Navaho range.

The Petzl AVAO harness range is planned for release into UK in early 2013 and comprises a similar range of harnesses to the Petzl Navaho range (with or without the integrated Croll, normal or ‘fast’ buckles, various sizes and black options in some of the range). The new harnesses come with deeper waistbelts offering more padding and support, bigger leg loops with more padding and a neoprene ‘keeper’ for any excess leg loop tape (the AVAO harnesses are aimed to fit a wider size of thigh / waist / height). The sit element of the harnesses have 6 gear loops and have redesigned smoother action buckles (easier to adjust and also a thumb and forefinger release as opposed to the single central one finger button). All the various versions have elasticated rear leg strap retainers (as opposed to the current Bod range which have taped webbing – only the Navaho Sits have elasticated leg strap retainers). The side D’s (buckles) ‘flip’ to a ‘store’ position flat with the webbing (rather than sticking out as they currently do). The Croll on the Croll Fast and Top Croll is based on the new Croll (due for release in January) which is smaller in design to the old Croll. The AVAO harness chest (top) sections have a two tier ‘yolk’ which splits when the harness is suspended from the Dorsal D ring ensuring the ‘under’ or ‘lower level’ yolk stays snug to the body and the Full body AVAOs have a system where the top webbing is interlinked with the leg loop webbing ensuring the leg loops are in a better position for the user if suspended from the rear attachment point (the weight no longer goes solely onto your midriff).

Sizing will be changing too with the AVAO Bod Croll Fast coming in a size 0 and a size 1, the AVAO Bod Fast and AVAO Bod in size 1 or 2,  the AVAO Sit Fast in sizes 0, 1 and 2, the AVAO Sit in a size 1 or 2, the Sit in Black in size 1 or 2. All the seperate AVAO Top harnesses (including the black AVAO Top and the standard colour AVAO Top Croll will be one size and have adjustment buckles on each side and strap retainers to store any excess webbing. They also have a slot for rehydration tubes!). There will no however be a black version equivalent of the Navaho Bod or Navaho Bod Fast (this should not be too much of a problem as the amount of yellow on the new AVAO harness range is very limited – the only option for someone wanting a true all black harness will be to opt for a AVAO Sit Fast in black and a Top in black).

Images and full information can be found on our website by clicking here.

ISC Red Back-up now available from Abaris International

ISC RED Back-up Device with Popper (designed primarily for Rope Access) – For use with a cowstail of up to 800mm (with karabiners) from the central waist attachment point of a harness.

The ISC red back up device has non-aggressive cams and a positively locking spring which means the device is ‘self-parking’ rather than ‘self-tailing’ like many rope grabs (it stays in position rather than drifting down the rope!).

– Using ‘Rotational Braking’ the more the device rotates clockwise the more friction is built up and this provides an automatic brake even in the event of a sudden pull on the cowstail (such as if there is a mainline failure in Rope Access).

– The Popper version of the device is a breakaway clip which provides a secondary attachment point for the tow cord and allows the user to tow the device directly downwards without unintentionally engaging the device’s rotational braking system. However when the cord is pulled in a panic situation, the Popper clip releases under the force and the cord then works in conjunction with the rotational movement of the braking system.

Tested for a 2 person rescue – In rescue (up to 240Kg load)

For full details and the manufacturer’s user instructions please click here.

Ropeman 3 Recall Notice – 29th October 2012

Ropeman 3 Recall Notice – Statement released by the manufacturer – 29th October 2012

For the safety of all of our customers we are issuing an immediate recall of the Wild Country Ropeman 3. If you own a Wild Country Ropeman 3 please read this notice carefully and follow the instructions “How to Return the Product”.

Reason for the recall:
The Ropeman III ascending device meets the requirements of EN567 (Mountaineering Equipment. Rope Clamps), however it has come to our attention that in certain circumstances, rather than locking on the rope as expected, the Ropeman III may slip when initially loaded.

This slippage is more likely to occur when the rope is under significant tension and the cam of the Ropeman III has not been specifically set in position on the rope by the user.

Once the cam has been properly located on the rope and the Ropeman 3 loaded without slippage the device will perform as expected. Never-the-less we recognize that there may well be scenarios particularly in difficult conditions such as poor weather, extreme fatigue or during the course of an accident where the Ropeman 3 may not in our opinion be fully relied upon to meet the reasonable expectations of the user.

Details of products affected:
Wild Country Ropeman 3 Blue / Red – 14ROPE3B, 14ROPE3R
Wild Country Ropeman 3 Red / Blue Synergy Lite Set – 14ROPE3BSET, 14ROPE3RSET

EAN Barcode 14ROPE3B = 5033286040458 / 14ROPE3R = 5033286040472
                      14ROPE3BSET = 5033286040465 / 14ROPE3RSET = 5033286040489

Batch Codes Affected : LAL, LBL, MMA, MMB, MMC, MMD, MME, MMF, MMG, MMH, M

The products marked with the batch codes listed above can be identified by their aluminium ridged cam. Following product modification future Ropeman 3 will have a stainless steel toothed cam.

The Ropeman 1 and Ropeman 2 are NOT affected by this recall.

For full details of the recall and to find out how to return your Ropeman 3, please read the manufacturers statement here. An FAQs page can be found here.

A sneak preview of some of the new Petzl Products for 2013

We have been lucky enough to be the first company in UK to see the full range of new Petzl products for 2013.

The big news: Rumours of a new harness range…

Also the following new products:

D22 Petzl ZIG ZAG (due for release late Jan / early Feb 2013)
A very clever ‘mechanical prussik’ recently shown for the first time at one of the major Arb shows in France. Designed for use with 11.5-13mm ropes it comprised an integrated pulley, a swivel (which pivots too!), a connection point for a karabiner (the device is designed for use on a single rope looped over a branch) and the concertina Zig Zag section which essentially works like a prussik but is made of metal. It looks an amazing piece of equipment and eliminates the risk of novices not tying prussiks correctly. Only down side is that it can’t be fitted mid rope (rope end needs feeding through which could take some time!).

Also of interest to arborists: Petzl are also manufacturing their own throwline R02Y060 / R02Y300 Petzl AIRLINE Throwline (will be available in 60 or 200m lengths), throwbags S02Y250 / S02Y300 / S02Y350 Petzl JET Throwbags (will be available in 250g, 300g or 350g weights), a redesigned B02BRA / B02BLA Petzl PANTIN Foot Ascender (smaller in design, a stainless steel cam and a what looks like a more hard wearing buckle) – All due out in January 2012.

The sports market and cavers will be interested to hear that the B16BAA Petzl CROLL and B18BAA Petzl BASIC have been revamped. The new style Petzl CROLL has a stainless steel cam and a ‘protector plate’ making it more hardwearing. The new style Petzl BASIC is smaller, has space for two karabiners in the lower karabiner hole and its new shape makes it suprisingly comfortable in the palm of your hand (it is likely to replace the traditional jammers).

There is a revamped C47A Petzl Foottape with a larger buckle, reinforced underfoot webbing and an elasticated foot retainer ‘thingee’ (allows you to secure the strap to your foot to stop your foot slipping out). It does not have the little O ring of the original C47. And finally there are two new S47YS / S47YL Petzl Tool bags (small and Large) with side slots for hammers and a karabiner attachment hole. The large bag is ‘extendable’ using two zips running down the side of the bag.

 

Equipment Lifespans for Petzl, Beal, Lyon, Mammut, DMM and other widely used brands

In our quest to offer the most useful information on the equipment we supply, we have put together a list of the recommended product lifetimes for various popular brands, please click on our Technical Information

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