CE Approval for RP029 Shear Reduction Pulley

RP029 Shear Reduction Block Pulley now CE approved

CCS are thrilled to announce that the popular RP029 Shear Reduction Pulley / Shear Reduction Block has gained CE Approval for use as Personal Protective Equipment..  This makes it the only CE Approved SRP/SRB on the market – that we know of.

This is the first and only all-stainless SRB to have been CE approved and this means that the buyer/user is guaranteed that the item meets/exceeds the requirements laid down in the PPE Directive.

Buyers/users should be aware that if an SRB is not CE marked then it may not meet the requirements of the PPE Directive. Any PPE that is not CE marked should not be sold within the EU for this reason.

The RP029 has a rated MBS of 44kN and is manufactured from SS303 throughout making it the strongest and most robust device on the market. In addition each item is individually serial marked for ease of traceability.

The top bobbin (attachment point) has been designed so that it is compatible with a 10mm long opening Maillon Rapide (GOZ10) which has an MBS of 50kN.
Note that this Maillon is also CE marked as PPE.

View the product at the Challenge Course Supplies website.

ERCA Safety Commission – Safety Warning 3/2013

PETZL published following safety information regarding the product PETZL ZIGZAG mechanical prusik.

Please follow the link to get detailed information and to read the original notice:
http://www.petzl.com/files/all/technical-notice/headlamps/Pro/ZIGZAG-Communication-april-15-2013_EN.pdf

Please keep you up-to-date by yourself and have a look for amendments resp. the announced summary (scheduled for 23rd April 2013) at http://www.petzl.com

Please Note:

The aim of releasing ERCA safety alerts is to disseminate up to date information which will help to avoid accidents on ropes courses. We are committed to providing unbiased information about the sequence of events and the causes of accidents. We are neither in the position to, nor do we have the intention of, undertaking in-depth on-the-spot investigations. Please send your comments and questions regarding the safety alert to sicherheit@erca.cc

ERCA Safety Commission – Safety Warning 1/2013

Addition to formerly published recalls:

NEW precautionary safety notices resp. precautionary recalls for Via Ferrata Sets from different manufacturers.

Now friction based Via Ferrata Sets were added in the second wave of recalls, whereas six  months ago Via Ferrata Sets with elastic lanyards were mentioned.

Please follow the link below to visit the UIAA website for an english summary and a table of affected models:
> http://www.theuiaa.org/news_428_Second-wave-of-via-ferrata-set-recalls-within-six-nths

In addition to the specific safety warnings we recommend all users of via ferrata sets to check the latest product information notices at the manufacturers websites before usage of your via ferrata set.

Please Note:
The aim of releasing ERCA safety alerts is to disseminate up to date information which will help to avoid accidents on ropes courses. We are committed to providing unbiased information about the sequence of events and the causes of accidents. We are neither in the position to, nor do we have the intention of, undertaking in-depth on-the-spot investigations. Please send your comments and questions regarding the safety alert to sicherheit@erca.cc