3M Expands Personal Safety Fall Protection Portfolio with Two Rescue Devices

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M has expanded its personal safety portfolio to include two new rescue devices designed to help protect people working at height.

The 3M™ and DEUS™ Escape and Rescue System enables workers to steadily control their descent from heights up to 590 feet. The easy-to-use system, which weighs less than three pounds, can be used to facilitate escape and rescue procedures for individuals and/or multiple stranded workers in a short time.

The Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD™) with 3M™ Elavation™ Harness is a lightweight, unobtrusive device that can help give users an unassisted, gentle self-rescue from heights up to 65 feet.

"In a world of complex rescue solutions, simplified options are essential to helping ensure safety in the workplace," says Andrew Johnson, product marketing, 3M Personal Safety Division. "These two new solutions are easy-to-use, which is critical when time is of the essence."

The 3M and DEUS Escape and Rescue Systems help provide safety for workers in industries like oil and gas, electrical distribution, utilities, wind energy, general industry and manufacturing. The 3M and DEUS kits allow for individual and multi-person escape, assisted rescue, and self-rescue after a fall.

The new escape and rescue system is available with two controlled descent options – the 3300 device and the 3700 device. The 3300 device allows for rescue from heights up to 350 feet, at a descent rate of 3 meters/second (9.8 feet/second).  The 3700 device has been third-party tested and certified to the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard and offers users a descent rate of 2 meters/second (6.6 feet/second) from heights up to 590 feet.

The Latchways Personal Rescue Device comes contained in a lightweight "backpack" and is activated by pulling a parachute-type cord. In the event of a fall, the 3M Elavation harness suspends the wearer, while the Latchways PRD allows for a steady descent to the ground.

Activated, the PRD can extend up to 65 feet, which is released at a controlled rate through a braking mechanism. If a wearer is unable to initiate self-rescue, the device can also be activated by another person through a built-in secondary release mechanism.

The Latchways Personal Rescue Device with 3M Elavation Harness is available in three sizes and can also be ordered with a Latchways Rescue Pole.

3M offers a comprehensive, diverse portfolio of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) solutions providing fall protection, respiratory protection, hearing protection, reflective materials for high-visibility apparel, protective clothing, protective eyewear, head and face protection, welding helmets, and other adjacent products and solutions such as tactical safety equipment, detection, monitoring equipment, active communications equipment and compliance management.

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For more information:

·         Visit www.3M.com/PPESafety or http://m.3m.com/PPESafety

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