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Petzl I’D Descender

The Petzl I’D descender’s are being upgraded in 2019. Petzl are improving functionality and adding some innovative features to the I’D S and I’D L. They are also launching the new Petzl I’D EVAC. They will all be available in the UK from April 2019.

Petzl I’D Descender range

Petzl I’D

There are some clear changes for the two devices:

  • AUTO-LOCK system – the handle automatically returns to the lock position when it’s release (without having to manipulate the handle or tie off)
  • Safety gate on the moving side panel – allows rope installation without removing the device from the harness (already on I’D S, new to the I’D L)
  • Stainless steel wear plate – improves durability by reinforcing the rope friction zone
  • Two possible descent modes – over the side plate or in the v-shaped friction channel
  • Rope can be taken up without manipulating the handle
  • The button on the handle has been removed
Petzl d020ca00_id_EVAC

There are some minor tweaks too:

Petzl I’D S

  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

Petzl I’D L (primarily designed for technical rescue)

  • Rope diameter has changes from 11.5mm-13mm and is now 12.5mm-13mm
  • Maximum working load increased from 272kg to 280kg
  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

 

 

The Petzl I’D S is still available in two colours:

SKUsD020AA00D020AA01
Color(s)yellowblack
Rope compatibility10 to 11.5 mm10 to 11.5 mm

The Petzl I’D L is still available in two colours:

SKUsD020BA00D020BA01
Color(s)redblack
Rope compatibility12.5 to 13 mm12.5 to 13 mm

Certification:

  • EN 341 type 2 class A
  • CE EN 12841 type C
  • CE EN 15151-1
  • ANSI Z359.4
  • NFPA 1983 Technical Use
  • EAC

Petzl D020AA00-ID-S

Petzl D020BA00-ID-L

 

 

 

 

Petzl I’D EVAC

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVACThis new device is a self-braking descender (with anti-panic function) for lowering from an anchor. The handle is specifically orientated for managing a load from the anchor.

  • Maximum working load 250kg
  • Rope compatibility 10mm-11.5mm
  • Friction spur can provide additional friction, when required
  • Hole in the handle to attach a cord for remote manipulation
  • Gray handle differentiates it from the I’D S and I’D L
  • Weight 615g

 

 

Certification:

  • EN 341 type 2 class A
  • CE EN 12841 type C
  • ANSI Z359.4, NFPA 1983 Technical Use, EAC
SKUsD020CA00D020CA01
Color(s)yellowblack
Rope compatibility10 to 11.5 mm10 to 11.5 mm

For more information, please see Petzl’s ‘Sneak preview 2019’ page at Petzl.com

New Petzl Professional 2019 products

A look at some of the new Petzl Professional 2019 products. These new products are scheduled for availability in the UK in April 2019. Keep an eye on our website Abaris.co.uk and our blog for further updates and information.

Descenders

Petzl I’D S and I’D L

Petzl D020AA00-ID-SThere are some clear changes for the two devices:

  • AUTO-LOCK system – the handle automatically returns to the lock position when it’s release (without having to manipulate the handle or tie off)
  • Safety gate on the moving side panel – allows rope installation without removing the device from the harness (already on I’D S, new to the I’D L)
  • Stainless steel wear plate – improves durability by reinforcing the rope friction zone
  • Two possible descent modes – over the side plate or in the v-shaped friction channel
  • Rope can be taken up without manipulating the handle
  • The button on the handle has been removed

 

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVAC

There are some minor tweaks too:

Petzl I’D S

  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

Petzl I’D L (primarily designed for technical rescue)

  • Rope diameter compatibility has changed from 11.5mm-13mm and is now 12.5mm-13mm
  • Maximum working load increased from 272kg to 280kg
  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

Petzl I’D EVAC

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVACThis new device is a self-braking descender (with anti-panic function) for lowering from an anchor. The handle is specifically orientated for managing a load from the anchor.

  • Maximum working load 250kg
  • Rope compatibility 10mm-11.5mm
  • Friction spur can provide additional friction, when required
  • Gray handle to differentiate between the I’D S and I’D L
  • Weight 615g

 

 

 

Helmets

We’ve written separate blog posts for the Petzl VERTEX and Petzl STRATO range because of their importance and the scope of changes. Please see our blogs:

  • The new 2019 Petzl VERTEX helmet
  • The new 2019 Petzl STRATO helmet

Petzl VERTEX

Petzl have dropped the name ‘BEST’. The range now comprises of the VERTEX and VERTEX VENT.

Petzl A010CA_VERTEX_VENT Petzl A010AA_VERTEX

 

 

 

 

 

Petzl STRATO

The Petzl STRATO replaces the ALVEO. There are two helmets in this range: STRATO and the STRATO VENT. Again, we’ve written a separate blog post for the Petzl STRATO to highlight the differences between the new STRATO and the ALVEO it replaces.

Petzl A020BA_STRATO_VENTPetzl A020AA_STRATO_DUAL

Harnesses

Petzl ASTRO (International)

Petzl ASTRO BOD International C083BA0x

As the name suggests, this is the International version of the ASTRO harness released earlier this year. In addition to the features found on an International harness (International conformity including a fall indicator on the dorsal/rear fall arrest attachment point and ANSI rated buckles), there are some differences to the European version:

  • The webbing securing the ventral attachment point is different and the plastic insert for attaching a PROGRESS lanyard through, has been removed
  • Metal lateral (side D) attachment points
  • FAST buckle on one shoulder for easy donning and removal
  • Different FAST buckles to the European version (pinch grip)
  • Wider webbing from the ventral attachment point to the legloops

Petzl AVAO (International)

 

AVAO BOD FAST (International) C071DA0x

In addition to the features found on an International harness (as above), there are some differences to the European version:

  • Petzl Bm’D with CAPTIV bar
  • Different FAST buckles to the European version
  • Wider webbing from the ventral attachment point to the legloops

Petzl SEQUOIA

Petzl C069AA-SEQUOIA

Petzl SEQUOIA C069AA0x

Petzl have changed the Sequoia (C069AA0x), Sequoia SRT (C069BA0x) and the seat (S069AA00). Features of the harnesses now include:

  • New FAST buckle on the waistbelt
  • New FAST LT PLUS buckles on the legloops
  • Increased padding on waistbelt and legloops
  • Two new gated attachment points
  • Two additional pre-shaped equipment loops with protective sheath (9 in total)

Connectors

Petzl CARITOOL S & L

Petzl P042AA00-CARITOOL-SThe gate now has a protective covering to limit accidental snagging.

  • Small – P042AA00
  • Large – P042AA01

 

 

Petzl BmD Triact-Lock

Petzl M032AA00-BmD-TRIACT-LOCK

A lightweight aluminium asymmetrical high-strength Karabiner

  • D-shaped
  • Reinforced sleeve for greater front and lateral gate strength
  • TRIACT-LOCK automatic  locking system
  • 32kN on major axis strength
  • H-shaped cross-section
  • Available in gray (M032AA00) and black (M032AA01)

 

Petzl STRING L (M090AA0x)

Petzl M090AA00-STRING-LNew clear STRING. This enables you to see if the karabiner has been properly captivated in both the STRING and the webbing.

– STRING L for webbing 15 – 20 mm wide
– STRING XL for webbing 25 – 30 mm wide

Kits

Petzl JAG RESCUE KIT

Now contains the new Petzl I’D EVAC

Still available in three lengths:

SKUsK090AA00K090AA01K090AA02
Length30 m60 m120 m
Weight4300 g6600 g11300 g

Bags

Petzl TOOLBAG XS (S047AA00)

Petzl S047AA00-TOOLBAG-XS

Petzl TOOLBAG XS (S047AA00)

  • 1.3 litre
  • 105 grams

 

 

 

For more information on the new Petzl Professional 2019 products, please visit Petzl’s ‘Sneak preview 2019’ page at Petzl.com

Cracked Bolts in S-Tec Duck-R and EnForcer-H

S-Tec Duck and Enforcer
23/10/18
In response to posts placed on Facebook mentioning a hair line crack that had been discovered in a component of the STEC Duck-R, specifically on the head of the retaining bolts, S-Tec stated:

As a precaution, our development department started an investigation and has carried out an internal audit to track any possible quality control issues. This investigation has found that there are some bolts from older batches that display marks consistent with the appearance of “hair line cracks” in the metal.

We then carried out several tests to establish whether these marks posed a problem.

The results of those tests are:
1 – The “hair line crack” as described on Facebook are actually a stamping mark which is a residual mark from the bolts manufacturing process and is perfectly normal.
2 – A sample of a previously rejected bolts with intentional cracks, larger than shown online, was used and subjected to EN12841 Type A testing. The devices with both bolt heads “seriously cracked” passed the testing process as per the standard.
3 – As the bolts used on Ducks and Enforcers are replaceable, STEC recommends that for any bolts you have a concern about they are removed and returned to your distributor who will the supply replacement parts.

An instructional video will be available in the oncoming days showing the correct way to replace this part. Alternatively, you can return the entire unit to your local distributor to have the replacement carried out.

Click here to read the S-Tec statement.

Update 05/11/18
From S-Tec:
We have had very few actual occurrences reported to us – much less than 0.1% of manufactured units.

SafeTec are aware of the cracked bolt problem. These cracks have no effect on strength, function or performance of the device but is an undesirable cosmetic issue that has slipped through quality control and SafeTec have implemented measures to improve bolt supply quality and production  checks. If users find crack in bolt head SafeTec will supply replacement bolts and have video instruction of changeout procedure to 18Nm using medium grade thread lock – E.G. Loctite 2400.

Units can also be send back to your supplier who can arrange for bolts to be changed by SafeTec.

Users should continue to carry out visual and tactile pre-use inspections and function checking as detailed in the User information. 

Review of the Petzl Avao Sit Fast versus Petzl Astro Sit Fast (when used with the Petzl Top Croll)

Following our comparison of the old versus new version of the Petzl Avao last week, we thought it would be good to look at the new Petzl Avao versus the Petzl Astro.

Petzl Avao Sit Fast versus Petzl Astro Sit Fast

Petzl Avao v Astro Harness Comparison

Petzl Avao Sit Fast and Petzl Astro Sit Fast – similarities

• Waistbelt equipped with self-locking Doubleback buckles for quick and easy adjustment

• Leg loops equipped with Fast LT buckles for quick and easy opening and fastening without the need to readjust them, even while wearing gloves
• Narrow front leg-loop webbing (from the ventral attachment point)
• Six pre-shaped equipment loops with protective sheath
• Two slots for Caritool tool holder
• Four slots for Toolbag tool pouch

Petzl Avao Sit Fast and Petzl Astro Sit Fast – differences

• Fixed ventral D ring on the Avao v ‘Openable’ ventral D ring on the Astro
• Metal Side Ds on the Avao v Textile reinforced with plastic on the Astro
• Lightweight mesh back and leg webbing on the Avao v Padded webbing on the Astro
• Deeper waistbelt on the Avao than on the Astro

Petzl Top Croll

Also worth noting are the differences between the Petzl Top Croll L and the Petzl Top Croll S:

Petzl Top Croll S v Top Croll L

Petzl Top Croll – features

Petzl Top Croll L

  • Large Croll chest ascender on the Top Croll L – suitable for rope diameter 10mm-13mm
  • Y Shaped design with single attachment point on the Top Croll L
  • Metal sternal attachment point on the Top Croll L

Petzl Top Croll S

  • Small Croll chest ascender on the Top Croll S – suitable for rope diameter 10mm-11mm
  • X shaped double attachment point on the Top Croll S
  • Soft webbing sternal attachment point on the Top Croll S

Note that whilst the Top Croll S is compatible with all the Petzl Falcon harnesses, it is only compatible with the 2018 onwards versions of the Avao Sit harnesses (due to previous versions not having the small loops on the rear of the waist belt to attach the mini maillons to).

Old Petzl Avao harness versus New Petzl Avao harness

Petzl Avao Harness comparison

During 2018, Petzl changed their AVAO (European) range of harnesses. They stripping out much of the comfort padding and made some other fundamental changes; which we think are well worth highlighting.

When paired with a TOP CROLL, the old AVAO SIT and AVAO SIT FAST were used by some for rope access; as the design was similar to the old NAVAHO’s Y shaped single attachment of the rear of the top section to the waistbelt (as opposed to the X-shape on the old AVAO). However, the new AVAO SIT and AVAO SIT FAST are a different design to the old versions and as they have less comfort padding, they are not primarily designed with rope access in mind. Most importantly, having limited / no padding, a deep waistbelt and less hardwearing material on the rear section of the leg loops.

New Petzl Avao Bod Fast
Petzl Avao Bod Fast C071BA0x

The go-to rope access harnesses in the Petzl range are the ASTRO BOD FAST and the ASTRO SIT FAST (used with a TOP CROLL L or Top Croll S chest harness).

Differences between the old and new Petzl AVAO harness

All Petzl AVAO harnesses (AVAO BOD / AVAO BOD FAST and AVAO SIT / AVAO SIT FAST):

Old Petzl Avao Sit C79AFAx and new Petzl Avao Sit Fast C079BA0x
  • The waist-belt has increased in height and depth
  • There is considerably less comfort padding in the waistbelt and leg loops. It’s now just a see-through mesh

These changes mean that the new Petzl Avao harnesses are less comfortable while working in suspension.

  •  All metal attachment points are now H cross-section construction, ensuring an improved strength to weight ratio
  • The front leg-loop webbing (from the ventral attachment point) is narrower
  • The mesh on the outer section of the leg-loops is more susceptible to damage by abrasion

AVAO BOD / AVAO BOD FAST harnesses:Old Petzl Avao Bod Fast C79AFA0x and the new Petzl Avao Bod Fast C071BA0x

  • Each shoulder strap on the AVAO BOD and BOD AVAO FAST includes MGO connector holders, which will release the parked connectors at a force of 5kg
  • The karabiner above the ventral attachment point is now an H cross-section Petzl OK screw-lock with CAPTIV bar
  • The old X-shaped dorsal construction is no more. It is now a single webbing attachment to the rear of the waist-belt
  • The buckles on the FAST versions include Petzl’s new FAST LT buckles

In view of the above, we would advise customers to use a Petzl ASTRO, not the new versions of the AVAO for rope access.

The European AVAO BOD CROLL has been discontinued. The International version is still available with a CROLL and the new ASTRO BOD includes a large CROLL

For further information on Petzl harnesses, please visit Petzl.com

New Petzl Rig 2018

Designed for expert users, the Petzl Rig descender has become increasing popular with the more experienced rope access technicians. Less bulky than its big brother, the Petzl ID, the Rig ‘fails to safe’ when the handle is released (the device will lock onto the rope), but it does not have the extra fail to safe panic function found on the ID where the device will also lock onto the rope if the handle is pulled sharply downwards in panic.

Ease of Use
Easy rope installation thanks to the rope guide and markings, the device also has a plastic gate allowing the front plate to twist open so the rope can be fitted / removed whilst it is still attached to the harness, reducing the drop risk.

Rating and Conformity
Small but still with the capacity for heavy loads (up to 200kg in exceptional circumstances and when in the hands of expert users!), the Rig is certified to EN12841 type C (Personal fall protection equipment. Rope access systems. Rope adjustment devices), EN341 class 2A (Personal fall protection equipment. Descender devices for rescue), EN15151-1 (Rescue Descender, Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisted locking, safety requirements and test methods) and NFPA 1983 Technical Use.
2018 Petzl Rig

Differences between the old and new Petzl Rig Descender
The latest version of the Petzl Rig differs from the original in a number of ways:
– Once the handle is released the device now goes into a full lock position (the user no longer has to move the handle to a lock position when they reach their work location).
– There is now a stainless steel wear section on the front plate where the rope runs during descent which will improve durability.
– The front and back plate sections have been redesigned to limit the risk of the rope becoming trapped in the gap between the front and back plates near the karabiner attachment point.
Old Petzl Rig v New

Top usage tips:
– The speed of descent should be managed by varying the grip on your ‘brake hand’, not with the handle.
– The maximum speed should be limited to 2m/s.

Available from Abaris International:  2018 Petzl Rig

New Rollclip ‘Z’ from Petzl


Following feedback from users of the Rollclip A, Petzl have Just released information about a Rollclip ‘Z’ which is due for release in 2017.

The Rollclip Z differs from the Rollclip A in shape and gate orientation (with the karabiner in the normal orientation, the gate opens in the traditional manner rather than upside down as is the case with the Rollclip A).

The Rollclip Z will be available with a choice of screwgate or triact (triple action – lift, twist then pull to open) gate.

For a short video visit our Facebook page:

Posted by Abaris International Ltd on Sunday, 6 November 2016

Skylotec Ignite harness range win design awards

Justifiably the new Skylotec Ignite harness range (comprising the Ion, Trion, Proton and Argon) has won the 2016 iF Design Award in the Product design category and is being awarded with the 2017 German Design Award Gold!

Ergonomics, comfort and design is very evident in the new Ignite range of harnesses from Skylotec. With four models, each available in 3 sizes, the Ignite harnesses are well thought-out, offer great comfort with shoulder and leg padding as standard, and are equipped with Skylotec’s patented adjusters which prevent loosening of the straps, as well as their new Oktalock click buckles which are low profile and high strength. Striking orange attachment points help guide the user to the correct place to attach lanyards to and thus limit the risk of incorrect attachment to non-loadbearing loops.

Skylotec Ignite Harnesses

At the basic end of the range is the Skylotec Ion which is a well made two point attachment fall arrest harness with a clever closure in the chest area which snaps shut magnetically. Moving up to the Trion, users benefit from a solid (rather than soft on the Ion) EN361 attachment point at the front, an Oktalock buckle on the chest and waist for ease of donning and removal, as well as side D’s (attachment points) for work positioning. For increased comfort and comparable (improved!) to the very popular ARG 51 Formotion harness, Skylotec have designed the Proton. Available in a wind version, the Proton Wind can also be bought with a stainless steel sternal attachment point suitable for use with HACA rails. Finally at the top end is the Ignite Argon, a beautiful looking, technical harness which meets EN361, EN813 and EN358, with a ventral attachment for attaching a descender.

Features:

  • Anchor points in vivid orange / Gear loops in grey
  • Patented anti-slip adjusters (prvents the harness straps from loosening accidentally)
  • Pull down adjustment
  • Belt strap coiling (to keep any excess strap lengths tidy)
  • Oktalock Click buckles

 

All Skylotec products are available in UK through Abaris International (if the product you are after is not shown, please call the Abaris Sales Team on +44(0)1484 768277).

Can you put stickers on safety helmets? How & where to mark PPE.

Stickers on safety helmets

So where do we stand with applying stickers to safety helmets?

Contrary to some of the opinions offered on the internet and the practical side of why you might want to add stickers to your helmet (yes we are aware of that stickers are recommended by various organisations as a way to identify suitably trained personnel, such as first aiders, forklift drivers etc *1), and there are some who have publicly stated ‘the effect of stickers on hard hats does not negatively affect the safety performance provided by the hard hat *2′), as far as we are concerned there is only one correct answer to the question of whether stickers can be stuck to a safety helmet: You should always follow the recommendations of the manufacturer of the specific helmet you are buying. Here at Abaris International we strongly recommend that you do not add any stickers to a helmet.

The reasons for this recommendation are:

  • Stickers can hide cracks and other potential damage
  • Stickers may eliminate electrical resistance (source: Guidance from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
  • Manufacturers cannot be certain that the glue used on the sticker won’t affect the integrity of the material the helmet is made from. This is also true for the use of permanent markers / sharpies.

If you really do need to add a sticker then you should only use ones approved by the manufacturer (Petzl for instance offer ‘stickers specially designed to not damage the shell of the Vertex and Alveo helmets …  … No other sticker has been approved by Petzl. Any other sticker carries a risk of damaging the shell with non-compatible solvents‘. These transparent or reflective stickers can be used as a base for non-approved stickers to be applied so long as the non-approved sticker does not overlap the approved sticker, or can be used as a place to write identification marks / names). Also try to limit the number and size of the stickers and place them away from the brim (this is where cracks are often seen during inspection).

Remember there are various other options for marking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), consider using tags such as those shown below (Just be careful where you put them, make sure they won’t inhibit the functioning of the safety product, such as the tearing of the shock absorbing section of a lanyard, and also won’t be mistaken as a clip-in point). If these aren’t an option then you may be able to mark an item on a ‘non safety critical part’ such as sewn in label, comfort padding or in the case of a helmet, the torch clips (provided any degradation of these wouldn’t cause any failure to the safety parts of the helmet, such as chinstrap or cradle).

Certags

Further official guidance:

Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) guide to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 states you ‘should not customise head protection, e.g. make your own ventilation holes, paint, mark or put stickers on it‘ *3 .

HSE L25 Publication

The British Mountaineering Council have a guide to helmets which states ‘Stickers and marker pens can also cause damage – avoid unless they have been specifically recommended by the manufacturer. Marking the shell with a pen will generally invalidate any warranty, as well as potentially weakening the helmet. Some modern designs of helmet have specific areas set aside for identification markings. Otherwise adopt a common sense approach; for example, marking non-load bearing parts such as the headlamp clips is better than writing on top of the shell‘.

BMC Helmet Guide

References / Sections of relevance:

‘During the induction process we identify which inductees will be using plant and those that will be allowed to use mobile phones in site safety zones.

As sites normally have in excess of 150-200 people it is difficult to monitor or even remember who has been granted permission for these activities so we use helmet stickers as a visual indicator.

A brief look at an operative using a MEWP will indicate if he is IPAF trained by the wearing of a MEWP authorisation sticker or a supervisor using a phone will have a mobile approved sticker.

We have several stickers for various items, and this helps reduce the unauthorised use of phones and plant on site and has proved very effective’.

  • *2     From Safety + Health Official Magazine – Answer to question ‘Can I apply stickers to my hard hat?’ by Jeanette Gaunce, head and face protection product manager of US based manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Bullard:

‘In most cases, the effect of stickers on hard hats does not negatively affect the safety performance provided by the hard hat. There is very little potential for chemical interaction between the type of adhesive used in typical pressure-sensitive stickers and the helmet shell. Their use would not be expected to negatively affect the performance of the helmet under normal conditions’.

  • *3     Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) guide to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992:

‘PART 2 Selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment

Head Protection – Key points
88 The key points to note for head protection are:

(a) use an adjustable chinstrap, if fitted, to make sure the helmet does not fall off;
(b) clean the inside of the helmet and clean or replace sweatbands regularly;
(c) check regularly that any damage to the outside is no more than shallow scratches or grazes and that the internal harness is not damaged or deformed;
(d) throw head protection away after significant impact by a fixed or falling object. Head protection is unfit for use if the outside is deeply scratched, worn or deformed, the harness is damaged or deformed or it is beyond its usable protective life. As a general guide, industrial safety helmets should be replaced
three years after manufacture, but always check with the manufacturer;
(e) wear the helmet so that the brim is level when the head is upright. Do not wear it sloping up or down as this will significantly reduce the protection it can provide;
(f) do not wear head protection back to front – it will not protect you if you do.
(g) do not customise head protection, e.g. make your own ventilation holes, paint, mark or put stickers on it;
(h) do not wear a baseball style bump cap where there is a risk of falling objects – wear an industrial safety helmet instead’.

Skylotec Safety Check – Peanut I and Y

Skylotec have just released a request for a safety check on their Peanut I and Y lanyard range:

We have become aware of a potential error in the manufacturing process of our products PEANUT I and PEANUT Y. For your own safety, we ask you to please check all the products in your possession. We want to avoid the use of a faulty product in all instances, as this could potentially result in severe damage/s.

Products that need to be checked:

PEANUT I:
HSG-021-…
HSG-AUS-021-…

PEANUT Y:
HSG-022-…
HSG-AUS-022-…

On inspection of a PEANUT device, we noticed that a rivet had not been properly processed during manufacture. In use, this could cause loosening of the connecting piece between the device and the shock-absorbing element. In order to avoid the unintentional use of a potentially faulty device, we urgently ask you to check your PEANUT device/s as described here.

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