November 23, 2009
Gorilla Recalls EXO-Tech Safety Harness
By Dave Hurteau
If you bought Gorilla Inc.’s latest safety harness, the EXO-Tech, you should stop using it immediately and contact the company for a refund. Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the company, announced a voluntary recall of the product. Here’s the problem, according to this USCPSC press release:
Hazard: The webbing of the waist belt on the safety harness is not routed through the lineman's loop located on the front of the harness near waist level. Since the loops are not properly anchored to the harness webbing but are attached only through stitching not intended to restrain a user during a fall, they that [sic] can pull away from the harness when force is applied, leaving the user unrestrained. In addition, the manufacturer of the harness used a previously untested carabiner connector located at the end of the tether at the back of harness, which is the portion of the tether that attaches to the tree.