Fixe: Request for Inspection of Anchors and Chains in Lowering Stations

07/29/2015: Barcelona, Spain: The spanish manufacturer of climbing-safety-hardware TechRock request for inspection the lowering stations and stations for abseiling with chains inox from Fixe. Some chains were detected in Germany where corrosion and tiny cracks is seen in the material. It had been an incident in Germany with an anchor that suddenly broke unpredictable due the corrosion affectation.

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Sewn cords break at a lower weight than published weight values, posing a fall hazard.

2014/03/25, Biddeford, Maine, USA: The US-manufacturer of life safety rope, cord and hardware, Sterling Rope, recalls sewn cords ropes with 8mm cords for prusik e.g. The cords not meeting the standards.

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Micro-Cracks And Vibrations Broke Carabiners in Pulleys for Zip Lines

Petzl Warns and Invoice for Inspection the Vertigo Carabiners

2014/03/18, Crolles, France: The manufacturer of safety and climbing equipmwent Petzl invoice for inspection Vertigo carabiners for the pulleys Trac and Trac Plus. The inspection routine must change.

Three adventure parks that operate zip lines have informed Petzl of cases where a VERTIGO carabiner broke on the TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulleys.


Metallurgical analyses have shown that the breakage is caused by a corrosion micro-crack that forms on the surface and spreads very slowly through vibration fatigue in the most stressed part of the carabiner (see photo below). This crack was not detected during repeated PPE inspections, as it is located in the upper part of the carabiner which is hidden by the pulleys’ side plates.

Vertigo-Karabiner Microrisse  Vertigo-Karabiner Microrisse detail

According to Petzl analyses, this phenomenon is a result of the combination of two contributing factors:

• a corrosive environment: near the ocean, a stretch of water, etc.
• very intensive use: combining a high frequency of use with a very long zip line produces vibration effects.

As a result of this feedback from the field, Petzl recommends:

When inspecting your parkfs PPE, the VERTIGO carabiner should always be removed from the TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulleys to allow for a complete and detailed inspection. As outlined in the PPE inspection procedure, any crack found on a carabiner indicates that it must be immediately retired. The PPE inspection sheet for TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulleys is available in attachment.

Adapt the frequency of TRAC and TRAC PLUS pulley PPE inspections to the intensity of use:

Distance traveled under 2 km/day = frequency: 3 months (dry environment), 2 months (humid environment)
Distance traveled over 2 km/day = frequency: 2 months (dry environment), 1 month (humid environment)

Use a back-up system that captures the zip line cable.

The inspection sheet in the attachement in english.

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Recall: ZIGZAG Petzl Mechanical Prusik for Arborists

An Another Identical Failure

2013/04/29, Crolles, France: The frensh manufacturer Petzl recall their mechanical prusik ZigZag.

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Bornack gives a warning for modified self-belay-systems for ropes courses

11/22/2012, Ilsfeld, Berlin, Germany: The manufacturer for high altitude belaying systems, workers safety and rescuing, Bornack, gives a urgent warning regarding the use of unauthorized modified SAFELINK SBB self-belaying-systems for ropes courses and adventure parks. The manipulation of these systems can cause the risk of deadly accidents for the user.

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Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

After New Tests Via Ferrata Sets are Snookered

After New Tests Via Ferrata Sets are Snookered

UIAA calls on every user of via ferrata sets around the world to check his equipment

Safety standards and norm insufficiency

Berlin 09/14/2012: The UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) in a press release of 09/13/12 cautions insistently via ferrata users against belaying themselves with their equipment without gathering information about it. Concerned are new generation via ferrata sets with elastic lanyards. The lethal accident of a 17 year old on 08/05/12 in Tyrolia, Austria, caused by the rupture of a via ferrata set, lead to a so far globally unique amount of recalls by different manufacturers of climbing equipment.

As the problem is clearly traced back to the slings, several manufacturers tested their via ferrata sets. The result is,

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Thursday, 13 September 2012 00:00

Recall: Stubai Recalls Via Ferrata Sets

Stubai Recalls as the Seventh Manufacturer of Climbing Gear Via ferrata Sets

Two Series of Via Ferrata Sets Affected

09/13/2012, Fulpmes, Austria: The austrian manufacturer of climbing gear Stubai recalls two series of via ferrata sets. The same problem: the elastic lanyards. The lanyards do not meet the safety standards when the lanyards get dirty in combination of intensive use. Stubai is in line with the other manufacturers that recalled their sets in the last weeks.


Affected are following via ferrata sets:

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Wild Country Is The Sixth Manufacturer That Recalls Their Via Ferrata Sets

Older tests do not identify the problem of the via ferrata sets

09/05/2012, Gwynedd, Wales, Great Britain: The welsh manufacturer of climbing gear Wild Country recalls as sixth manufacturer their via ferrata sets. Wild Country is a part of the Salewa group since 2012.

Like the awareness of other companies the problem are the elastic lanyards that may crack after heavy use if the lanyards are dirty. After new detailed testing also Wild Country came to the conclusion that their used webbing material is affected by the heavy abrasion in use of the sets.

Cause of the testing is the accident at 08/05/2012 with a rental via ferrata set from Edelrid in Tirol, Austria. The  result is the wave of testing and recalls of via ferrata sets from manufacturers of climbing gear.

The following sets are affected:

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Climbing Technology Recalls Via Ferrata Sets Too

The Wave of Recalls of Faulty Via Ferrata Sets Does Not Stop

08/31/2012, Cisano Bergamasco, Italy: As the fifth manufacturer of climbing gear, the Italian company climbing technology recalls two modells of their via ferrata sets. The wave of recalls of faulty via ferrata sets does not stop. The problem is the same: the elastic lanyards of the via ferrata sets. An extended use can cause damage.


The following via ferrata sets of climbing technology are affected:

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Test results of researches to failure of via ferrata sets

Different types of webbing in the production of the elastic branches of different manufacturers are probably the reason

Mammut, Salewa, Kong and Camp do not recall their sets at this time

08/30/2012 and following days, Berlin: After researches of the Swiss company Mammut AG, according to the request of climbland, the first concrete results regarding the failure of elastic via ferrata set branches of the new generation are discovered.

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