Petzl has issued an urgent safety alert for certain GRILLON products. An issue has been identified where ropes were incorrectly mounted in the rope adjuster of GRILLON products manufactured between October and December 2023. This defect prevents the product from performing its critical blocking function, posing a risk of injury. Petzl urges to immediately cease the sale and use of these GRILLON products and to follow the detailed inspection procedure provided by Petzl. For more information, please refer to the official Petzl safety alert. To view the safety alert click here ...

In September the MATS conference returns to the Coventry Arena and is planned to be bigger and better than ever with our headline sponsor Mitie. Over the years the conference has had a number of themes and this year we plan to follow on from the last conference with the theme of the aftermath of an accident with a court room drama following the interview under caution last time, use of digital technology in the field and finally youth in the industry with new apprenticeship schemes to support. The conference and MATS group is here to support all the industry so please join us and support this event and help us make it the best yet. Book Now through Eventbrite For more details, and to register for this event visit the Eventbrite website using this button. Book with Eventbrite Agenda Mock Sentencing The star attraction this year and the area that will take the conference afternoon slot is the exciting mock sentencing. This will be a legal drama with a difference. It will provide a valuable insight into the events that unfold, following a serious workplace incident. Beginning with a call to the emergency services, we will explore how the authorises select the matter for investigation...

Recall Notice for Omni 1.1" Pulley Variants, 20050xxx through 22304xxx: Stop Use and Remove from Service. NATE Member Gravitec Systems Inc. just shared the following product recall information for the Omni 1.1" Pulley Variants, 20050xxx through 22304xxx. “The button assembly on a limited number of 1.1” Omni Swivel Pulleys and associated variants may not be secure. If the button comes out the side plate can open, allowing the rope to fall out which can result in serious injury or death. It was discovered that a small number of pulleys manufactured from February 2020 through October 2022 may not have had adequate thread locker or sealant, allowing the set screw to back out. Under normal circumstances, either the thread lock or sealant is adequate to secure the button and prevent this issue. Rock Exotica is issuing a recall for Omni Block 1.1” style pulleys, manufactured from February 2020 through October 2022. These pulleys must be returned to us for inspection / repair. Rock Exotica is also issuing an inspection notice for all Omni Block style pulleys made from 2018 to current. Pulleys can be inspected by the user / competent person, or if you are not comfortable doing the inspection, you can return it to...

Download the latest MATS Newsletter featuring updates from our quarterly meeting, photography competition, new rooftop worker scheme launch and an introduction to David Edwards, the new MATS co-ordinator. To download the newsletter click here. ...

Download the latest MATS Newsletter featuring the new rooftop worker scheme announced by EUSR, a look ahead to the upcoming National Register of RF Workers and recognise the national telecommunications capability of the railway. Download the Newsletter by clicking here. ...

Now that the 4th MATS conference has drawn to a close, I have been able to have a little time to sit back and reflect on the day.  This was our biggest conference to date and early indications from feedback provided by exhibitors and delegates, suggest it was a resounding success.  That is certainly the feedback from those I spoke to throughout the day.  I would like to thank our headline sponsor, Virtua, for their support of the MATS conference, along with our gold and silver exhibitors.  There are so many others to thank including, our speakers, all the delegates who attended and of course the volunteers from MATS who all made the event possible.  It would be great if you could complete the feedback survey emailed to you and we look forward to welcoming you to the next conference. Stewart Mardle | MATS Chairman (2020/21) and Conference lead 2022 ...