Dear MSA Fall Protection Customer,
This Safety Notice is issued to inform you that MSA received a field report from an end user
regarding select MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses and that, as a result of MSA’s findings related to
this report, you must take the actions outlined in this Safety Notice.
Upon investigation of the field report, MSA determined that the leg strap and chest strap used in
select MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are incompatible. Although the harness can be donned, in
the event of a fall, the shoulder straps may extend and affect the protection offered by the harness.
MSA is advising all MSA Gravity Welder Harness customers to immediately stop
use of affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses produced from July 2015 through
and including January 2018. The harnesses are to be removed from service,
marked “UNUSABLE” and destroyed.
Identifying and Addressing Affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses
Affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are those marked with one of the following part numbers
and a manufacturing date from July 2015 through and including January 2018.
To confirm whether or not your harness is affected, check the label on the harness for part number
and manufacture date that meet the criteria above. See Figure 1 for the location of the part number
and manufacture date on an MSA Gravity Welder Harness label.
If the part number has been made illegible through use, refer to Figure 2 to determine whether or
not your harness is affected.
If the part number matches the list above, but the manufacturing date has been made illegible
through use, consider your harness to be affected.
If your harness is affected, remove it from service, mark it “UNUSABLE” and destroy it.