New Petzl Absobica Lanyards
Monday, 7 December 2015 | Admin
Petzl Absorbica lanyards provide protection against fall hazards, connected via the sternal (Chest) or dorsal (Back) attachment point of a harness. Each Absorbica lanyards name is derived from the included energy absorber, followed by either I or Y depending upon their intended use. Absorbica energy absorbers provide continuous absorption in a fall and thus limit resultant impact forces on the user.
Watch Petzl’s New Petzl Absorbica-I and Petzl Absrobica-Y:
Anyone who’s familiar with the use of these lanyards (particularly in tight spaces) will be happy to see that Petzl have managed to shrink the overall size of their webbing energy absorbers. The new and very compact Absorbicas avoid hindering your movement, or interfering with handling. Absorbica energy absorbers internals are still protected from abrasion and potential contaminants via a durable fabric pouch (as with previous models).
Regular readers of the Anglo Access blog may remember an article we published about the ‘100kg’ user weight limit for Absorbica lanyards. If you read the article you will note that this has since, long been addressed by Petzl. With their new range of lanyards, Petzl have been able to show greater detail with regards to user mass ranges. All lanyards are now supplied for use with users from 50kg to 130kg. Users in the lighter weight ranges require the webbing absorber to deploy and limit forces to the same as heavier users (who would deploy the tearing lanyard further – in theory receiving greater energy absorption) Petzl have cleverly addressed this with progressive tearing of the webbing which reduces the deceleration on lightweight users.
Absorbica lanyards are available with large 60mm gate opening MGO connectors, which are ideal for connection to metal structures or large-diameter bars / cables.
Bare lanyards without any supplied connectors can be used with a connector of the users choosing (EN362 conformant of course). A bare lanyard could suit many users whose task isn’t specific and requires adaptability. For connection to large diameter bars on occasion, the Petzl MGO OPEN auto-locking connector is ideal. Should the user need to clip to eyebolts for example the MGO connector could be swapped for a more conventional style karabiner connector.
As mentioned Absorbica-I and Absorbica-Y lanyards can be used with removable karabiner style connectors. Petzl recommend using either of the aluminium Petzl OK Oval M33 or Petzl Am'D M34 connectors for this purpose (we’d recommend using either of the M33 or M34 in their Triact auto-locking version). Users requiring a very hard wearing connector also have the option to purchase lanyards with a captive, steel auto locking connector (ideal for connection to steel safety cable, for example).
Which Petzl Absrobica Lanyard do you need Absorbica-I or Absorbica-Y?
Petzl Absrobica-I single lanyards are perfectly designed for use with man-safe horizontal safety –lifelines (assuming the traveller is available to pass intermediate anchor points). They’re also great for elevated platforms, fall arrest eyebolts and a whole host of other activities. The thing to keep in mind is whether or not you will need to unclip the lanyard to move / change position or similar, if you’d be unprotected at this point you’re probably going to need an Absorbica-Y.
When moving around on or perhaps in a structure, it’s probably going to be necessary to un-clip from time to time to gain a connection closer to where you need to be. With a twin leg lanyard one leg remains anchored while the other is moved to a new anchor point. In such a scenario the twin legged Y lanyard is perfect allowing a constant point of attachment when moving to / from and around the work area.
Above are the designs for the new Petzl Absorbica-I fall arrest lanyards. A totally new addition, the Petzl Absorbica-I Vario looks sets to be very interesting, as we get more info we will pass it on to you!
Above are the designs for the new Petzl Absorbica-Y fall arrest lanyards. Another new addition to the range will be the Petzl Absorbica-Y Tie Back, this Y lanyard provides the added benefit of being able to encompass an anchor point e.g. steel beam and clip the connector directly back to a ring half way up its length. We’re really looking forward to trying these out… more detailed info and the ability to buy on-line coming soon.
Expected March 2016, watch this space for any updates or to reserve any of the new lanyards or the new models Petzl Absorbica-I Vario or Petzl Absorbica-Y or Absorbica-Y Tie Back, please Contact us.