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Product Recall: ZIGZAG Petzl mechanical Prusik for arborists (Sku. D22)Thu, 25/04/2013 - 14:33 — Petzl
This information is complementary to and supersedes the Safety Alert issued April 19, 2013 [PDF-153 Kb].
Summary of the facts
On Friday, April 12, Petzl was informed of an accidental fall in a training center in Germany. This fall was related to a failure of the rope end attachment hole of the Petzl ZIGZAG mechanical Prusik.
We have since been informed of another identical failure.
These failures were the result of a particular configuration of a cantilevered and off-axis loaded upper carabiner (see photo).
Petzl believes that this incorrect positioning of the connector could inadvertently occur during normal use with the potential for serious injury or death.
Continued use of the ZIGZAG poses a risk of serious injury or death.
Petzl has decided to immediately recall all ZIGZAGs
For users in the United States and Canada*, please do the following:
- Immediately stop using the ZIGZAG
- Fill out the ZIGZAG End User Return Authorization Form - or - email email@example.com (emails to this address will receive an automated response with a link to the End User Return Authorization Form, the first step in the returns process)
- If you wish to speak with a representative, contact Petzl America After Sales and Service: (877) 807-3805
- Return the ZIGZAG, with proof of purchase, to Petzl America.
You can then choose from the following options:
- credit for other Petzl products (total equal to the retail price of the ZIGZAG + 30%)
- a complete refund at the purchase price (including taxes and shipping)
A new version of the ZIGZAG is currently being developed and will be available in January 2014.
We are fully aware of the inconvenience caused by this issue. Please accept our full apologies. Thank you for your continued trust.
The Eiffel Tower and a Disco Ball: an extraordinary work site and original photosThu, 05/12/2013 - 18:23 — Petzl
In 2012 photographer Stéphan Denys closely covered the sound and light system installation on the Eiffel Tower, especially the assembly and suspension of the "Queen of the Night." This nighttime work site, supervised by the rigging company Magnum, created a unique atmosphere around the Eiffel Tower.
Enjoy 100 never-before-seen photos...
The theme for the fireworks show is official. Spectators will dance to disco music for the July 14 celebration. The artistic creation for the pyrotechnic show was the fruit of Jean-Eric Ougier's imagination, the master pyrotechnician for Fêtes et Feux, "We are going to put on a fireworks show to match disco's intense and continuous rhythm. Disco music is liberating and fun, it makes your body want to move!" The sound and light systems for the Eiffel Tower were designed and assembled by Magnum.
A large-scale work site
Magnum is accustomed to large-scale rigging jobs for major events. However, this site was truly out of the ordinary, "This was a real challenge for our team, especially for those working on the Ethersound fiber-optic network for the sound system and Artnet for the lighting. 20 amplifiers were spread out along the Champs de Mars, in Trocadero, and on the Eiffel Tower itself… More than 2 kilometers of cable, and almost 150 hours to set up a network worthy of the event…"
The shining moment for the entire installation was hoisting the disco ball to its place of honor between the first and second levels of the Eiffel Tower.
The giant ball weighs more than 4 metric tons, is 7.5 meters in diameter, and is covered in thousands of mirrored facets that glitter in the powerful spot lights as the ball rotates.
"The Queen of the Eiffel Tower"
The mirror ball, built entirely by Magnum, is a work by artist Michel de Broin and bears the name "La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel" (The Queen of the Eiffel Tower). It was originally designed and built in 2009 for the "Nuits Blanches" (Endless Nights) event hosted in the Luxembourg Gardens. Magnum built this entire work or art; making the interior frame, the spherical panels, the mirrors, and motor took more than 1000 hours. The company also had to figure out how to pack the giant object into two semis for transport.
Petzl provides support to the night shift team
For this type of event, installation often occurs at night. Magnum's teams were able to test the new high-power ULTRA VARIO headlamp. A group of rope technicians were also equipped with PIXA headlamps.
For the occasion photographer Stéphan Denys followed each team through the night, and has provided a portfolio of photos that retrace installing "The Queen of the Eiffel Tower" from start to finish. A way to thank all of the technicians, rope and night-shift workers without whom this type of unique event would not be possible.
View the portfolio of these never-before-seen photos...
Island of Madang, Papua New Guinea, a wonderful scientific expeditionMon, 02/12/2013 - 17:51 — Petzl
The goal of the 2012 scientific expedition to the Island of Madang in Papua New Guinea was to conduct a biodiversity inventory (insects, plants, trees…), to collect epiphyte plants, and to compare different altitude zones. Two arborist-climbers participated in the expedition, Noui Baiben and Laurent Pierron.
In 2012, Laurent Pierron (Three-time French national tree-climbing champion) and Jérémie Thomas combined their professional tree-climbing skills and their arboricultural knowledge to offer services to various stakeholders in order to encourage taking an approach to trees in their specific environments. They created a non-profit association called "EnQuête d'Arbres" (Researching Trees), which today brings together arborist-climbers from around the world. Their goal is to climb the biggest trees on the planet and more importantly to serve as a link between arborists and scientists who study trees and life in the forest canopy.
The association participates in expeditions. The arborists help scientists (botanists or entomologists) by installing the necessary equipment to gain views from up high, by helping to collect samples (seeds, flowers, and fruits), and by setting up insect traps. Accessing the tops of the big trees in the humid tropical environment is not easy. Exploring the forest canopy requires a great deal of experience as well as solid teamwork. It is also an opportunity for arborists, who often work 50 meters above the ground, to improve their climbing techniques.
These encounters between field specialists, in a natural environment to study biodiversity together, are dually enriching. On the one hand arborists, who spend their professional lives in the trees, are incredible observers. Their assistance is essential for scientists. On the other hand scientists share their discoveries, providing arborists with enhanced knowledge that they will be able to utilize and pass along in order to be more productive.
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