In ClimbTech BWA012N and BWA030N anchorage connectors manufactured before 2016, it has been found that, in rope access work where it is common for the D-ring to be rotated under body weight, the retaining nut may become loose over time. This possibility is accelerated when the swivel d-ring is not kept clean.
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Even those of use with a less than Newtonian understanding of gravity all tend to agree that “it’s not the falling – it’s the stopping” that hurts. Perhaps we should ....stop for a few moments, and consider deceleration and the potentially baffling world of personal safety connectors in general.