Safe to live on the edge

By Maria Hadlow06 January 2009

Miller by Sperian, has added a new lanyard product to its edge-tested fall protection range. The Manyard is an addition to the company's edge-tested product range designed to prevent accidents caused by the breakage of fall protection connection elements on edges.

The range was developed following the company's involvement in the European VG11 working group's analysis of methods for testing fall protection connections on edges. While the testing methods developed by the VG11 working group are yet to be included in regulatory standards, Miller by Sperian has used the recommendations to help develop its range of edge-tested products.

The Manyard uses technology developed by the textile industry and the manufacture of elastic products: the wrapped filament is made from a hybrid thread that combines elasticity with break-resistance.

Miller by Sperian has patented this technology by developing a protective sleeve that has mechanical properties resistant to impacts against edges. Each of the sleeves is composed of a POY (partially orientated yarn) core, with significant stretch capacity, and has a wound, durable thread over this core to give resistance to shearing. The absorbent material inside is therefore protected and free to arrest the fall.

The Manyard completes Miller by Sperian's edge-tested range which already includes a kernmantel (nylon rope) shock absorbing lanyard and a Scorpion personal fall limiter, both of which are edge tested and have been available for 8 months.

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