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We'll get you down safely, in a hurry!
It's a scenario you don't want to think about, but know you need to consider. One of your crew has fallen. Fortunately, he was using 3M fall protection equipment and is uninjured— but is now hanging on the end of a cable hundreds of feet above the ground. Now what?

Thanks to 3M, not only keeping the worker safe, but getting him safely back on terra firma has never been easier with our rescue equipment. Need rescue gear such as an automatic ascender or descender to help solve the problem? We offer the most complete line of safe and effective rescue systems in the industry, trusted by safety engineers and site directors.
Choose The Right Rescue and Descent

Some rescue systems are easy to use for one application, while others require more skill but can be adapted for use in multiple situations. In general, automatic type descent devices require much less training than user controlled systems, but also are less adaptable to multiple tasks. Consider whether the device needs to be intuitive and instantly usable by anyone, or if specific personnel will be trained for rescue tasks for the job-site.

Product Lines

  • This escape device provides a quick, efficient means of evacuation from various elevated work surfaces such as utility, telecommunications, commercial construction, general industry, government and the military. It features an automatic, hands-free, controlled descent for ease of use, increased safety and minimised training.

  • The Rollgliss™ R550 offers the choice of controlled descent rescue, evacuation or the versatility of assisted rescue with lifting capabilities. This fully automatic controlled descent device features a 0.6-0.9 m (2-3 ft. per/second) descent speed. Ideal for rescue and evacuation from heights up to 500 m for one user  140 kg or two users totalling 280 kg. Unique bidirectional design allows one end of the lifeline to descend while the other ascends, ready for another rescue.

  • The Rollgliss™ R350 system provides efficient hauling, but more importantly, very controlled lowering (a finger and thumb are all that is required to hold a load). This system also allows you to change the hauling ratios on the fly with quick release pulleys, allowing custom rigging for different applications and job-sites.

  • This system provides a safe, simple rescue system with features for raising, lowering and positioning during normal work activities. The RPD unit includes a speed sensing lock for added safety and allows you to manually lock off the device once you reach a work level. It’s ideal for servicing buildings, bridges and dams, as well as within confined spaces. It may be operated by the user or a standby second worker. Pre-rigged for quick and easy installation and use, no special tools, power source or extensive skills are needed to operate the device.

  • The Rollgliss™ Descent Device will get personnel down safely from high places when quick escape is vital. Either vertical or sloped descent models are available to provide complete versatility and flexibility for any job site or work environment. No power source or special skills or tools are required and it can be used repeatedly without factory servicing after user inspection.

  • Provides safe, automatic controlled descent from overhead cranes, towers, buildings or other heights. The system safely lowers the endangered worker, or workers, at a controlled rate of 0.9 m (3 ft.) per second. It is pre-rigged for quick and easy installs and use and requires no power source or special skills or tools to operate. The bidirectional design means one end of the lifeline descends while the other ascends, readying for another rescue.

  • The system is simple, yet completely safe and efficient. It enables the rescuer to remove a person from danger without putting themselves at risk by descending to them. Kit is easily transported in backpack type bags and takes only a few minutes to set up and perform a safe rescue from above the victim.

  • When you need to rapidly evacuate one or more of your crew from an elevated work area, you can trust the PRO™ Emergency Escape Device. Its high strength and corrosion-resistant materials assure it's built to last, plus it's simple to operate. A centrifugal regulator controls your crew member's descent by keeping the evacuation speed at approximately 1.2 m (4 ft.) per second. Once he or she has safely descended, a manual rewind handle or auto rewind retrieves the lifeline to allow another crew member to use it.

What's New
  • Smaller, lighter, easier and safe!
    Hands-free, automatic descent for bucket trucks, aerial lifts, towers, cranes, buildings and more. Compact and lightweight design includes a dual, redundant brake for increased security and peace of mind. Bidirectional hub for multiple consecutive descents.
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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