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Latest compact, lightweight self-retracting lanyard launched

MSA Africa has launched its most compact and lightweight self-retracting lanyard to date. The MSA Latchways 3 m Personal Fall Limiter (PFL) has been designed specifically for environments where close anchorage is available.

The secret behind the lanyard is the use of multiple spring radial energy-absorbing technology, believed to be a world-first. “The new design eliminates the need for an external energy absorber outside of the housing, resulting in this being the most compact PFL available on the market today,” comments Nicolas Abry, Business Development Manager, Fall Protection, MEAIR, MSA Middle East FZE.

Suitable for a range of applications, the MSA Latchways PFL not only requires zero recalibration or adjustment, but a fully-rotating attachment point allows for total flexibility, including 180° and 360°. Precision engineering has resulted in a structurally-reinforced pawl mechanism..


The Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL) is housed in a highly-durable polycarbonate casing that is transparent to allow for easy visual inspection of critical internal components. All components have been manufactured from high-grade stainless steel and engineered plastics.

The MSA Latchways PFL is supplied with a choice of steel or aluminium top carabiner, with a range of connectors to select from. These include a forged steel snaphook, an aluminium or steel scaffold hook, or a forged steel swivel snaphook.

It can withstand a temperature range from –40°C to +54°C. The high-performing, high-strength webbing has been manufactured to the most rigorous international standards, including EN360: 2002, ANSI Z359.14 – 2012, OSHA 1910.66, OSHA 1926.502, CSA Z259.2.2-98.

The launch of the MSA Latchways PFL follows MSA Africa’s introduction of the Latchways Personal Rescue Device (PRD), an integrated harness system. This lightweight, unobtrusive rescue device is contained in a small backpack attached to a full-body harness. It has been designed to be used in conjunction with a fall protection system or anchor point.

“There is a legal obligation to have a comprehensive rescue plan in place when individuals are working at height,” Abry stresses. Both the MSA Latchways PFL and PRD are examples of the latest technology being introduced by MSA Africa into the local market to enhance worker safety in this regard.

About MSA
MSA Africa has been the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products since 1914. MSA products may be simple to use and maintain, they are also highly-sophisticated devices and protective gear – the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing, and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects thousands of men and women each and every day. Many of MSA’s most popular products integrate multiple combinations of electronics, mechanical systems, and advanced materials to ensure that users around the world remain protected in even the most hazardous of situations. MSA’s dedication to safety has been the key to its impressive year-over-year growth. In eight of the past ten years, MSA has achieved record growth numbers, with annual revenues of more than US$1 billion.

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