3M Fall Protection has learned of the possibility of a manufacturing defect in a dorsal D-ring utilized in ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018. Although there have been no reported incidents involving this condition, a dorsal D-ring with this defect will not support the load in a fall arrest event which could result in serious injury or death. Harnesses manufactured only within this date range require immediate inspection for lot number 09P1 stamped into a dorsal D-ring. We believe that only one harness was manufactured with a defective D-ring, but we urge inspection of all potentially affected harnesses out of an abundance of caution in the interests of worker safety. To address the situation, 3M Fall Protection is launching a global Inspection Notice. As set out in the below Inspection Notice, all ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018 require inspection prior to use.
Please refer to the the Inspection Notice: 3M ExoFit NEX Inspection Notice April 16th 2019 EN_ES USA Rev B .
Please email any questions you have to 3MUSFPServiceAction@mmm.com