PETZL ZIGZAG STOP USE ALERT - CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS
On Friday, April 12, Petzl was informed of an accidental fall in a training center in Germany. The injured person was moving at height using a Petzl ZIGZAG mechanical Prusik. The initial observations have shown that the fall was due to a failure of the rope end attachment hole. Our investigation and further testing lead us to conclude that this failure was the result of a particular configuration of a cantilevered and off axis loaded upper carabiner.
1 - As a measure of precaution, we ask that you stop using your ZIGZAG mechanical Prusik.
2 - This stoppage will remains in place until we have approved and communicated an appropriate
solution to maximize the safety of ZIGZAG users.
3 - We have decided to stop sales of ZIGZAG mechanical Prusiks.
4 - While there currently may be several solutions to maintain the upper carabiner correctly oriented on
its major axis, Petzl cannot presently guarantee their effectiveness in all circumstances because we
have not tested them sufficiently.
5 - Our teams are mobilized to quickly develop and verify a solution specifically for the ZIGZAG to
maintain the upper carabiner oriented on its major axis.
6 - The availability of this solution will be communicated on www.petzl.com by May 22, 2013 at the latest.
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