MSA Latchways Personal Rescue Device

MSA Latchways Personal Rescue Device

The MSA Latchways Personal Rescue Device is an integrated harness system allowing self-rescue. The lightweight, unobtrusive rescue device is contained in a small "backpack" attached to a full body harness and is designed to be used in conjunction with a fall protection system or anchor point. In the event of a fall the Latchways PRD harness suspends the user and then allows a gentle lowering to the ground in a controlled descent.

The device features a 65 ft (20 m) spool of Aramid rope which is released at a controlled rate through an integral braking mechanism. The innovative design uses quality components and a limited number of moving parts to enable 100% mechanical integrity.

Unlike all other rescue kits, no specialist training is required as the Latchways PRD is worn in place of a standard full body harness and activation is achieved by simply pulling the release cord. The Latchways PRD has been designed to be user-friendly so pre-use checks are minimal. The PRD's patented components have been designed to fit neatly into the backpack to ensure the worker can safely go about their daily work. The backpack zips onto the harness so that it becomes part of everyday wear for those who work at height. The harness is lightweight and unobtrusive but also robust, ensuring it can withstand the rigours of the harshest working environments.

Rescue Benefits

  • Significantly reduces rescue time
  • Always available
  • Self-activated
  • Intuitive use
  • Clear rescue plan
  • Improves user safety

The MSA Latchways Personal Rescue Device range includes the EVOTECH, EVOTECH Lite and EVOTECH Arc Flash full body harnesses.

The PRD consists of a full body harness and integral descender device that conforms to all required standards.

  • The harness conforms to ANSI Z359.11:2014 and CSA Z259.10-12 (excludes arc flash models).
  • The descender device conforms to ANSI Z359.4:2013 and CSA Z259.2.3-12 (excludes arc flash models).
  • The backpack and harness are waterproof and dustproof IP56 (Ingress Protection), -40° F to +140° F (-40° C to +60° C) operating temperature, successfully assessed against ATEX category Ex II 2 G c IIC T3.
  • The Arc Flash model has been tested to ASTM F887-11.

Key Facts

  • Descent Height: 65 ft (20 m)
  • Complete Weight: 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg) [2.2 lbs (1 kg) harness/5.7 lbs (2.6 kg) rescue device]
  • User Weight: 130-310 lbs (59-140 kg)
  • Descent Speed: 4.1 ft (1.25 m) per second

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Video: MSA Latchways Personal Rescue Device

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