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Barry shall distribute and publish Safety Alerts to its customers, distributors and agents according to a Recall and Safety Alert procedure. Barry applies a strict procedure to ensure the safety of users of the products manufactured by Barry as well as products distributed by Barry.

For more information on Safety Alerts, please contact us, and we will be glad to provide details.

ADVANCED ADJUSTABLE OFFSET DAVIT SYSTEM
RETROFIT NOTICE (CANADA VERSION)

ADVANCED ADJUSTABLE OFFSET DAVIT SYSTEM RETROFIT NOTICE (CANADA VERSION)

Video : Davit Arm Small Mast.wmv

The Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems are designed for manhole and confined space entry/retrieval applications. The davit pivots for ease of rescue and has adjustment for overhead clearance restrictions. These systems allow for a winch, SRL or retrieval SRL to be mounted on the back or front of the mast.

Capital Safety has determined that DBI-SALA Advanced Davit systems do not fully meet some of the loads specified for certain davit adjustment positions as represented in the "Instruction for Use" (IFU) manual and product labels. There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Capital Safety has reviewed the design of the davit systems, and has revised all systems manufactured after December 1, 2015 to address these issues. The modification to the systems will reduce the specified load ratings and only applies to systems manufactured prior to December 1, 2015. Note, this is not a product recall. This modification will be available at no cost to all end users in a Retrofit Kit. This Notice applies to the following OSHA certified systems:

A Upper mast with a short reach of 12 to 29 inches including the follow P/N's: 8000031, 8300009, 8518000, 8518001, 8518009, 8518382, 8518383, 8518384, 8518501, 8530001 & 8530420. Retrofit kit # 8515652 applies to these units. (To obtain a copy of the Retrofit Supplemental IFU 5903921, view a video of IFU 5903921, and download the updated system IFU, please scan the bar code or enter this URL into your browser: http://capitalsafety.webdamdb.com/albums.php?albumId=1397119 )

B. Upper Mast with a long reach of 24 to 44 inches including the follow P/N's: 8000024, 8518006, 8518040, 8518385, 8518386, 8518387 & 8518502. Retrofit kit # 8515656 applies to these units. (To obtain a copy of the Retrofit Supplemental IFU 5903931, view a video of IFU5903931, and download the updated system IFU, please scan the bar code or enter this URL into your browser:http://capitalsafety.webdamdb.com/albums.php?albumId=1397120)

End-users: Contact our Customer Service department at 800-387-7484 (prompt #2012) or email ADVDAVITS@capitalsafety.com to request a Retrofit Kit be shipped to you directly free of charge. Please identify which retrofit kit you require based on the length of the upper mast (see A or B above). The Retrofit Supplemental IFUs referenced above set out the procedure for installing the Retrofit Kit. If you have questions or concerns, or if you prefer that Capital Safety or an Approved Capital Safety Repair Center perform the retrofit, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-387-7484 (ext. 2012) or email ADVDAVITS@capitalsafety.com.

Distributors: If you have any Advanced Adjustable Offset Davit Systems in stock that were manufactured prior to Dec. 1, 2015, you should return the davits to Capital Safety for the retrofit. Contact our Customer Service department at 800-387-7484 (ext. 2012) or email ADVDAVITS@capitalsafety.com to obtain a "QA" number to return the unit to Capital Safety.

Capital Safety will post this Notice on its website at www.capitalsafety.com. Please direct any additional questions you may have to John Fuke, Technical Services Manager, at 1-800-387-7484 ext. 5225, or you can email your inquiry directly to ADVDAVITS@capitalsafety.com .

18 avril 2016

Important Safety Notice Concerning
Helicopter Longlines with Protective Jackets


To: All helicopter longline owners and users
Important Safety Notice Concerning Helicopter Longlines with Protective Jackets

Barry was made aware of a recent incident involving a longline, which we believe should be communicated to the industry. This incident was reported to us by one of our test pilots who was flying with a synthetic longline protected by a hook-and-loop jacket made by another manufacturer.

Reported conditions:

  • Helicopter model: Bell 407
  • Pilot had been flying for approx. 10 hours carrying loads back and forth on a distance of approx. 45 km (28 miles)
  • Conditions: Rainy, very humid
  • Flying speed: Approx. 80 knots
  • Longline has approx. 4 years of use
  • Length of longline: 75'
  • Type of protective jacket: Single layer Cordura-type fabric, closed with hook-and-loop. No internal pocket or divider.

Reported incident:

During a flight, while the load was still attached to the longline under the helicopter, the pilot looked in his mirror and could see the protective jacket flying close to the tail rotor, only attached to the top of the longline.He reported that the jacket probably opened (hook-and loop separated) near the mid-point of the longline, and with the wind, ripped open all the way to the bottom. The connection (snaps with hook-and-loop) of the jacket to that last portion near the bottom thimble could not resist and detached, resulting in the jacket trailing almost horizontally. Upon realizing the problem, the pilot slowed down and landed to fix the problem.No further damage was observed.

Recommendations:

Although this may be an isolated event, we believe this problem could happen with any longline with a fabric protective jacket, with either a hook-and-loop or zipper closure, if the closure system is defective or becomes worn or damaged. Hook-and-loop closure can lose much of its strength if it becomes dirty and wet or simply worn out from heavy use. An opened and unattached jacket could potentially fly in the tail rotor, with dangerous consequences.

As with any components of a longline (rope, thimbles, ring, electrical wire, etc.), the protective jacket must be inspected before each use and replaced if worn or defective. It should also be installed properly as per manufacturer's instructions.

Flying speed when using a longline should be adjusted accordingly, and if the pilot perceives a problem, he should slow down immediately, visually identify the problem and land securely as soon as possible.

Please contact Barry if you have any questions with regards to this notice.

Barry Barrel Sling - Special Safety Directive -
Product Safety Directive


To: All Barry Barrel Sling owners and users

This product safety directive is mandatory for all Barry Barrel Sling owners and users.

Please refer to the Special Prevention Inspection - Product Safety Directive Notice letter: Barry Barrel Sling - Special Safety Directive - Product Safety Directive

Background:
The Barry Barrel Slings are designed to carry steel barrels as external cargo by a helicopter.

These Barrel Slings consist of a continuous Dyneema® rope sling spliced in a pear-shaped ring, with 2 floating Crosby® barrel hooks:

Problem:

Crosby® Barrel Hooks:

  • We have recently been receiving barrel hooks from Crosby® that do not meet their quality standards for dimensions.
  • There is a possibility that some barrel hooks will not securely support a barrel due to their non-conformance.

Mandatory Inspection:

Because of the possible risk of losing a barrel during flight and the significance of this,

If defective barrel hooks are found (dimensions out of range), immediately contact Barry for further instructions.

Complete inspection:

Complete inspection of the entire Barry Barrel Slings should be carried out regularly.

Please contact Barry if you have observed any defect to your Barry Barrel Slings or if you have any questions with regards to this directive.

Additional information:

Due to further analysis, the Crosby Group (barrel hook manufacturer) recommends that their barrel hooks model S-377 are no longer to be used in transporting barrels under slung by helicopters as 'there is a potential that the barrels could be bumped, causing the load in one leg to become slack'.

Although the Barry Barrel Sling design has features (continuous sling and rubber bands) which prevent the hooks from falling off, we are no longer supporting this product due to the quality issues of the hook which remain un-resolved.

As a preventive measure, Barry strongly recommends that all use made of the Barry Barrel Slings be stopped immediately for helicopter external cargo applications.

Barry Helicopter Long Lines - Special Prevention Inspection -
Product Safety Directive


To: All Barry Long Line Jacket owners and users

This product safety directive is mandatory for all Barry Long Line Jacket owners and users.

Please refer to the Special Prevention Inspection - Product Safety Directive Notice letter: Barry Helicopter Long Lines - Special Prevention Inspection - Product Safety Directive

Background:
The Barry Long Line Jacket and End-Covers are designed to allow for some movement due to the elasticity of the line itself under load. The Jacket and End-Covers are joined together by either an elastic cord or an accessory cord.

Problem:

Elastic cord:

  • The loops of the elastic cord are either formed by using a metal crimp which is covered by an electric tape, or by the use of a knot.
  • A user has reported damage to a Long Line caused by the friction and abrasion of the metal crimps against the Long Line fibers.

Accessory cord:

  • The excess cord should be loosely folded inside the end cover.
  • A user has reported damage to the Long Line fibers due to the incorrect placement of the accessory cord which had been tightly wrapped around the Long Line by field personnel after performing an electrical cord replacement.

Recommendation:

Because of the possible risk of damaging the Long Lines and the significance of this,

  • Barry recommends the immediate removal of the Elastic Cord and/or Accessory Cord from both ends of the Long Lines.

As a result of flight testing and analysis, it has been determined that this modification will have no effect on the performance of the Jacket and End-Covers.

Complete inspection:

Complete inspection of the entire Barry Long Lines should be carried out regularly and in reference to: /publication/helicopter-Long Lines-instructions-an.pdf

PenSafe Recall Notice 3730 Anchorage Connector


We were recently advised that a safety alert / recall notice was issued by PenSafe, for the recall of a batch of 3730 Anchorage Connectors manufactured in the latter part of 2007 and distributed by PenSafe inc. from June 2008 through June 2009.

Please refer to the PenSafe Recall Notice letter: PenSafe Recall Notice - 3730 Anchorage Connector

Note: PenSafe records indicate that this code of this product was not sold to Barry Cordage.

Concerns Class Frontal-Fixed Rail Ladder (FRL)
Fall Protection Systems


We were recently advised that a safety alert was issued by CSA, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MLO) and the CSST.

This alert concerns Class Frontal-Fixed Rail Ladder (FRL) Fall Protection Systems that are used on vertical access ladders. These systems are presently certified to CSA Standard Z259.2.1-98, Fall Arresters, Vertical Lifelines, and Rails.

A Class Frontal-Fixed Rail Ladder (FRL) [Class FRL] Fall Protection System is a permanently installed metal rail anchoring system used with an automatic fall arresting device called the trolley (carriage). The trolley travels freely on the rail, allowing the worker to use both hands while climbing up or down. Should the worker slip or fall, the device should lock, limiting the worker's fall.

Some Class FRL Fall Protection System may not adequately protect workers who fall backward while connected to a vertical rail.

New requirements intended to address the safety concern are under development by the CSA Technical Committee for Fall Protection Systems. Until all affected products are tested for compliance to the new requirements, employers must take reasonable precautions to protect workers in these circumstances.

We invite you to read the following alerts :

CSA : http://www.csa-international.org/product_recalls/search/default.asp?articleID=9611&language=english

Ministry of Labour of Ontario: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/alerts/a26.php

B-Nets WARNING - Use only original components

B-Nets WARNING - Use only original components (PDF)

The legacy inventories of B-Nets from Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (VANOC) are dispersed across the country to various ski clubs and associations as part of the legacy.

A serious concern that we have with this situation is that sub-components (poles, clips, etc) may become mixed up with our systems currently in widespread use across all Canadian provinces and throughout the USA.

As you are probably aware, our installation guidelines do not allow for any substitution of components and the use of any other non-Barry component will void our warranty and may affect overall performance (ref. document: /publication/barry-b-net-sys-spec-installation-guidelines-an.pdf).

Additionally, the installation method and design premise of our systems differs significantly from those acquired by VANOC for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and of any other systems on the market today.

Specifically, we do not use a «scribed pole approach» (as used on the VANOC inventory and others), otherwise referred to as predetermined rated breaking points (PRBP), as we consider this to be dangerous.

Ref: Scribed B-Net Support Poles - A Dangerous Proposition... /publication/barry-update-scribed-b-net-support-poles-a-dangerous-proposition-01-2009.pdf

The use of scribed poles on our Barry B-Net system is inappropriate and must be avoided.

Furthermore, our net tension is looser and our polycarbonate (PC) support poles are inserted at an angle of 10º uphill and 10º towards the race course which is different from the installation method of the VANOC B-Net inventory and of others.

Please contact us if you have any question concerning the Barry B-Net system.

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