April 20th 2017
Following the well-publicised intervention by the German Trading Standards authorities we were asked by our German dealer Freeworker to urgently address the issue of the Rope Wrench not being CE marked. Over the last few weeks we have been liaising between the German Authorities and the UK Notified body for CE testing and we can now announce that the Rope Wrench kits can and will now carry a CE mark. This CE marking is done under the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC and EN12278 Pulley Standard and, for unavoidable reasons of test methodology, it applies to a combination of Tether and Wrench. This means we have created three versions as follows:
1. Rope Wrench & Single Leg Tether- CE Approved as a kit
2. Rope Wrench & NEW Twin Leg Tether- CE Approved as a kit
3. Rope Wrench only- which cannot and will not feature a CE mark/approval and so can only be sold into countries where CE marking is not mandatory (e.g. USA) and also where the customers in those countries are not therefore forced to buy the approved tether.
NOTE: the testing was carried out with an MBS of 24kN which additionally means that the combination of Tether and Rope Wrench exceeds the ANSI minimum strength test criteria of 5000lbs. Dealers and users should be aware that other tethers may not meet this strength requirement.
For further background information, please see the 'Rope Wrench CE Approval Statement' below.
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