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Backed by decades of proven field service for absolute confidence!

3M is the industry leader in multiple categories of fall safety equipment, including the development of reliable and versatile self-retracting lifelines (SRLs).

We developed the world's first self retractable lifeline over 60 years ago and have continued with innovative advances on lifeline systems that have been widely adopted across the industry—such as sealed designs, RSQ dual-mode functions, 3-way retrieval models and the impact indicator.  

Our self retracting lifeline system's are recognized as the best, most durable and reliable of lifeline products available anywhere. Our SRL systems are backed by decades of proven field service in some of the most abusive environments known to man for absolute confidence and trust.

These self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) are anchored overhead and extend and retract automatically, letting you comfortably move about at your normal speed, within a recommended working area. Tension is always kept on the lifeline, which reduces dragging, snapping and trip falls.  Should a fall occur, a speed-sensing brake activates, stopping the fall and reducing the forces imposed on the user to safe levels.

Various styles, configurations and lengths from 1.8 m (6 ft.) to 53.5 m (175 ft.) are available to suit almost any need.

Choose The Right Self-Retracting Lifelines

These self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) are anchored overhead and extend and retract automatically, letting you comfortably move about at your normal speed, within a recommended working area. Tension is always kept on the lifeline, which reduces dragging, snapping and trip falls. Should a fall occur, a speed-sensing brake activates, stopping the fall and reducing the forces imposed on the user to safe levels.

Various styles, configurations and lengths from 1.8 m (6 ft.) to 53.5 m (175 ft.) are available to suit almost any need.

Product Lines

  • If your crew is working in salt water or any moist or dirty location, you need a heavy-duty SRL that can stand up to these harsh environments. DBI-SALA™ offers you the most comprehensive line of sturdy, corrosion-resistant sealed SRLs in the industry—and decades of proven field experience. Our patented, Sealed-Blok™ SRLs keep foreign elements such as grease, moisture and dirt from entering, so your crew can always work with confidence - and at peak efficiency - no matter what their work environment may be. Dual-mode RSQ models are also available that let your crew choose, prior to connection, between fall arrest requiring assisted rescue or self rescue - whatever is most appropriate for your jobsite.


  • These SRLs are rugged, yet extremely lightweight and superbly engineered devices you can count on for safety, efficiency and comfort. Stainless steel components, an anti-ratcheting brake system and a semi-sealed design provide the user with a system built to last. Dual-mode RSQ models are also available that let your crew choose, prior to connection, between fall arrest requiring assisted rescue or self rescue - whatever is most appropriate for your jobsite.


  • If you're looking for an easy-to-use, ergonomically design lifeline that can be directly connected to most harnesses, look no further than the Nano-Lok™. Plus, at only 1.6 lbs., it stays out of the way and can be easily used as a lanyard replacement. Whether your crew needs single or twin leg configurations, mounting to an overhead anchor or for connection directly to harness, we have the solution you need, offering more than 30 models for you to choose from. 


  • This device is specifically designed for foot level tie-off and sharp leading edge applications. It includes an 2.4 m (8 ft.) working length, is ergonomically designed for comfort, and is available in single and 100% tie-off configurations. It also has an integrated backpack style energy absorber that protects you and the device.

  • Talon™ self-retracting lifelines are lighter, stronger, safer—and lock when they should, but won't when they shouldn't. Plus, the built-in connector attaches the SRL directly to the back of most harnesses. An all metal anti-ratcheting braking system limits arresting forces to safe levels and is built to last. Single and twin-leg 100% tie-off models are available when complete protection and mobility are required.

  • With a Rebel™ Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL), you get an economical fall protection solution that won't compromise the safety or performance of your crew. All lifelines in the Rebel series are compact and built to last, and meet or exceed all applicable industry standards. Rebel™ continues to set performance standards beyond compliance, while providing a substantial value compared to competitive models.

What's New
  • Direct-to-Harness Connection Stays Out of the Worker's Way!
    Nano-Lok™ is compact and ergonomically designed for ease-of-use and is ideal for direct connection to most harnesses. At only 725g it is virtually unnoticeable on your back, stays out of the way and can be used as a lanyard replacement. Compatible with shoulder and foot level connections and available in a number of configurations, with a capacity of 141kg Nano-Lok™ offers versatility for many applications. Locks quickly and stops a fall within centimetres - providing more protection at low heights. In addition, tension is always kept on the lifeline reducing dragging, snagging and trip falls.
  • Heavy-duty sealed design stands up to even the harshest of environments!
    The RSQ option allow the rescuer to choose the most appropriate rescue option after a fall, automatic or assisted rescue descent mode for additional worker safety. They also incorporate a patented sealed design to meet IP68 sealed rating and a built-in carrying handle that is certified as a secondary fall arrest rated anchorage point. These SRLs are simply the most trusted, durable and reliable devices on the market anywhere in the world.
3M Fall Protection combines the products and expertise of DBI-SALA® and Protecta® with the technology and innovation of 3M to elevate safety to new heights and keep workers comfortable, confident and safe every time they climb. See our products and services at 3M.com/FallProtection.
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