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This product is part of an emergency rescue system. The user must follow manufacturer’s instructions for each
part of the system. These instructions must be provided to the user of this equipment. The user must read and understand
these instructions before using this equipment. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed for proper use and maintenance
of this equipment. Alterations or misuse of this equipment, or failure to follow instructions, may result in serious injury or
If you have questions on the use, care, or suitability of this equipment for your application, contact 3M Fall
Record the product identification information from the ID label in the inspection and maintenance log in
Section 9 of this manual.
The Rollgliss™ High Speed 200 foot Emergency Descent Devices with Auto-Retract are comprised of a wire rope lifeline housed
in a cast aluminum enclosure. An internal brake controls sloped descent speed of a single user attached to a manual brake
trolley at the end of the lifeline.
Figure 1 - 200 Ft (61m) Emergency Sloped Descent Device Models
Descent Device Model
Brake Trolley Model
With Yellow Zinc Plated Snap
Hook, included with 3303015.
With Stainless Steel Snap Hook,
included with 3303016.
Stainless Steel 3303016
200 Ft Emergency Sloped Descent Device
High Speed with Auto-Retract
Model Numbers: See Figure 1
USER INSTRUCTION MANUAl
EMERGENCY DESCENT DEVICE
This manual is intended to be used as part of an employee training program as required by OSHA.
Form: 5903739 Rev: D
© 3M 2017
FORM NO: 5908259 REV: A
Please read, understand, and follow all safety information contained in these instructions prior to the use of this Pre-
Engineered Rescue System. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
These instructions must be provided to the user of this equipment. Retain these instructions for future reference.
This Pre-Engineered Rescue System is intended for use as part of a complete personal fall protection and/or rescue system.
Use in any other application including, but not limited to, material handling, recreational or sports related activities, or other activities not
described in the User Instructions, is not approved by 3M and could result in serious injury or death.
This system is only to be used by trained users in workplace applications.
This Pre-Engineered Rescue System is intended for use as part of a complete personal fall protection and/or rescue system. It is expected
that all users be fully trained in the safe installation and operation of their Pre-Engineered Rescue System. Misuse of this system
could result in serious injury or death. For proper selection, operation, installation, maintenance, and service, refer to these User
Instructions and all manufacturer recommendations, see your supervisor, or contact 3M Technical Service.
To reduce the risks associated with working with a Pre-Engineered Rescue System which, if not avoided, could result
in serious injury or death:
Inspect the system before each use and at least annually. Inspect in accordance with the User Instructions.
If inspection reveals an unsafe or defective condition in the device or a component of the device, remove the device from service
and repair or replace according to the User Instructions.
Label the system ‘UNUSABLE’ and immediately remove the system from service if it has been subjected to fall arrest or impact
force. Inspect and handle the system according to the User Instructions.
Ensure the rescue system and lifeline are kept free from all obstructions including, but not limited to, entanglement with other
workers, yourself, and surrounding objects.
Follow all manufacturer recommendations when connecting a lifeline.
When performing rescue operations, always utilize fall protection safety measures as determined by your workplace rescue plan.
Do not touch parts of devices exposed to high friction during or after long descents, as these parts may get hot and cause burns.
Ensure proper edge protection is used if the lifeline may contact sharp edges or corners.
Ensure a clear descent path, and that the landing area is clear of any obstructions or hazards that you may contact.
Ensure that systems/subsystems assembled from components made by different manufacturers are compatible and meet
the requirements of applicable standards, including the ANSI Z359 or other applicable fall protection codes, standards, or
requirements. Always consult a Competent and/or Qualified Person before using these systems.
(AUTOMATIC DESCENT DEVICES) Only use in rescue applications.
(AUTOMATIC DESCENT DEVICES) Always record usage as defined by the User Instructions and remove from service in
accordance with usage limits listed in the User Instructions.
(R550 DEVICES WITH HANDWHEEL) Ensure the operator always maintains control of the hand wheel when the system is under
(ROPE LIFELINE SYSTEMS) Use only rope described and approved in the User Instructions.
To reduce the risks associated with working at height which, if not avoided, could result in serious injury or death:
Ensure your health and physical condition allow you to safely withstand all of the forces associated with working at height.
Consult with your doctor if you have any questions regarding your ability to use this equipment.
Never exceed allowable capacity of your fall protection equipment.
Never exceed maximum free fall distance of your fall protection equipment.
Do not use any fall protection equipment that fails pre-use or other scheduled inspections, or if you have concerns about the use
or suitability of the equipment for your application. Contact 3M Technical Services with any questions.
Some subsystem and component combinations may interfere with the operation of this equipment. Only use compatible
connections. Consult 3M prior to using this equipment in combination with components or subsystems other than those described
in the User Instructions.
Use extra precautions when working around moving machinery (e.g. top drive of oil rigs) electrical hazards, extreme
temperatures, chemical hazards, explosive or toxic gases, sharp edges, or below overhead materials that could fall onto you or
the fall protection equipment.
Use Arc Flash or Hot Works systems when working in high heat environments.
Avoid surfaces and objects that can damage the user or equipment.
Ensure there is adequate fall clearance when working at height.
Never modify or alter your fall protection equipment. Only 3M or parties authorized in writing by 3M may make repairs to the
Prior to use of fall protection equipment, ensure a rescue plan is in place which allows for prompt rescue if a fall incident occurs.
If a fall incident occurs, immediately seek medical attention for the fallen worker for the worker who has fallen.
Do not use a body belt for fall arrest applications. Use only a Full Body Harness.
Minimize swing falls by working as directly below the anchorage point as possible.
If training with this device, a secondary fall protection system must be utilized in a manner that does not expose the trainee to
an unintended fall hazard.
Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment when installing, using, or inspecting the device/system.
1.1 PURPOSE: The Rollgliss™ Emergency Descent Device is intended for emergency sloped descent only. It controls
the descent speed of one user, wearing a full Body harness, attached to the manual brake trolley on the end of the
Emergency Descent Device’s Lifeline.
The Emergency Descent Device must not be used as a fall arrest device.
1.2 LIMITATIONS: The following application limitations must be recognized and considered before using this product:
A. CAPACITY: This equipment is designed for use by persons with a combined weight (including tools, clothing, body
support, etc.) of 75 lbs. (34 kg) to 310 lbs. (141 kg).
B. DESCENT SPEED: The speed at which the user will be lowered when using the Emergency Descent Device increases
with the combined weight of the user. The below values are approximate and can be affected by sag of guide cable,
user weight, length of system, location of user on the span and environmental conditions. One can expect a range of
+/- 2 ft/s for each listed speed.
These descent speeds assume no additional braking is applied by use of the manual Brake Trolley.
120 lbs. (55 kg)
3.7 ft/s (1.1 m/s)
120 lbs. (55 kg)
8.2 ft/s (2.5 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 6.8 ft/s (2.1 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 11.5 ft/s (3.5 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 9.3 ft/s (2.8 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 12.9 ft/s (3.9 m/s)
120 lbs. (55 kg)
4.9 ft/s (1.5 m/s)
120 lbs. (55 kg)
9.2 ft/s (2.9 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 9.0 ft/s (2.7 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 12.0 ft/s (3.6 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 12.3 ft/s (3.7 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 13.6 ft/s (4.1 m/s)
120 lbs. (55 kg)
6.1 ft/s (1.8 m/s)
120 lbs. (55 kg)
10.1 ft/s (3.1 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 11.1 ft/s (3.4 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 12.4 ft/s (3.8 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 11.5 ft/s (3.5 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 13.1 ft/s (4.0 m/s)
120 lbs. (55 kg)
7.2 ft/s (2.2 m/s)
220 lbs. (100 kg) 10.9 ft/s (3.3 m/s)
300 lbs. (136 kg) 12.2 ft/s (3.7 m/s)
C. HAZARDOUS AREAS: Use of the Emergency Descent Device in hazardous areas may require additional precautions
to reduce the possibility of injury to the user or damage to the equipment. Hazards may include, but are not limited
to: high heat, caustic chemicals, corrosive environments, high voltage power lines, explosive or toxic gases, moving
machinery, and sharp edges.
D. TRAINING: The Emergency Descent Device is intended to be installed and used by persons trained in its correct
application and use.
1.3 APPLICABLE STANDARDS: Refer to local, state, and federal (OSHA) standards for requirements governing the use of
the Emergency Descent Device.
2.0 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
2.1 COMPATIBILITY OF COMPONENTS: 3M Fall Protection equipment is designed for use with 3M Fall Protection
approved components and subsystems only. Substitutions or replacements made with non-approved components or
subsystems may jeopardize compatibility of equipment and may effect the safety and reliability of the complete system.
2.2 COMPATIBILITY OF CONNECTORS: Connectors (hooks, carabiners, D-rings) used to suspend the Emergency Descent
Device must be capable of supporting at least 3,000 lbs (1,361 kg). Connectors must be compatible in size, shape,
and strength. Non compatible connectors may unintentionally disengage (roll-out). Roll-out occurs when interference
between the connector and anchorage connector causes the hook or carabiner gate to unintentionally open and release.
Self locking snap hooks and carabiners must be used with this system to reduce the possibility of roll-out. Do not use
connectors that will not completely close over the attachment element.
2.3 ANCHORAGE STRENGTH - 200 FT EMERGENCY SLOPED DESCENT DEvICES: Anchorages used to suspend the
Emergency Descent Device must sustain static loads, applied along the axis of the device, of at least 3,000 lbs (1,361
kg). When more than one Emergency Descent Device is attached to an anchorage the strengths stated above must be
multiplied by the number of descent devices attached to the anchorage.
2.4 GUIDE CABLE: Applications with a sloped descent require a guide cable (see Figure 2, Item C). Systems requiring a
guide cable must be designed by a qualified person. Descent speed is affected by the angle at which the guide cable is
secured and the amount of sag in the guide cable. The guide cable must be installed with sufficient slope and limited sag
to ensure the user will reach the landing area in the event of an emergency descent. The guide cable and the anchorage
point must support the weight of the user in a descent. Guide cable must be 3/8 inch (.9525 cm) to 5/8 inch (1.5875 cm)
wire rope. The operation of the emergency descent system should be verified by performing a test descent in accordance
with section 3.2.C.
ANCHORAGE STRENGTH - GUIDE CABLE: The table in Figure 2 provides approximate recommended anchorage
strengths for various system configurations using 200 ft. (61 m) long, 5/8 inch (1.5875 m), 7x19 steel aircraft cable.
Figure 2 - Installation Options & Guide Cable Anchorage Strengths
Guide cable suspension bar
Guide cable sleeve
Guide cable - theoretical straight line
Guide cable - line with sag
Angle of guide cable from vertical
Initial guide cable sag
Center of span
Angle of guide cable
Length of system
Initial guide cable sag Recommended anchorage strength
(including 2:1 safety factor)
115 ft (35m)
8.3 ft (2.5 m)
2800 lbs (12.46 kN)
200 ft (61m)
14.4 ft (4.4 m)
3050 lbs (13.57 kN)
115 ft (35m)
5.5 ft (1.7 m)
3750 lbs (16.68 kN)
200 ft (61m)
10.0 ft (3.1 m)
4100 lbs (18.24 kN)
115 ft (35m)
2.9 ft (0.9 m)
6900 lbs (30.69 kN)
200 ft (61m)
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
7500 lbs (33.36 kN)
3.0 INSTALLATION AND USE
3.1 BEFORE EACH USE: Carefully inspect the Emergency Descent Device in accordance with Section 5 of this instruction.
3.2 PLANNING: Plan your emergency escape system and how it will be used before starting your work. Consider all factors
that will affect your safety before, during, and after an escape. Consider the following when planning your system:
A. ANCHORAGE: Select a rigid anchorage point that is capable of supporting the load as specified by Section 2.3 in this
B. DESCENT PATH AND LANDING AREA CLEARANCE: The planned descent path must be unobstructed. The
landing area must be clear of obstructions to permit safe landing of the user. Failure to provide an unobstructed
descent path and landing area may result in serious injury.
C. TEST THE SYSTEM: 3M Fall Protection recommends performing a test descent using a 120 lb (55 kg) test weight.
The descent speed should be uniform and allow the user to reach the landing area safely. The descent speed should
be approximately as stated in Section 1.2.B.
The Emergency Descent Device does not need to be returned to a service center after a test descent.
D. SHARP EDGES: Avoid using this equipment where system components will be in contact with, or abrade against,
unprotected sharp edges. If working with this equipment near sharp edges is unavoidable, cover the sharp edge with
a heavy pad.
E. AFTER A DESCENT: After use of the Emergency Descent Device, the auto retract function retracts the lifeline back
in the device under control. Depending on the slope of the application, it may be necessary to assist the Brake Trolley
back to the Descent Device. The Emergency Descent Device must be serviced by an authorized service center after a
descent as the result of an emergency.
3.3 INSTALL GUIDE CABLE SUSPENSION BARS: See Figure 3.
Remove four 1/4-20 x 1-1/4 Bolts.
Position Suspension Bars.
Install four 1/4-20 x 1-1/2 Bolts included in kit, torque to 60 in lbs.
Figure 3 - Install Guide Cable Suspension Bars
3.4 CONNECT THE EMERGENCY DESCENT DEvICE TO AN ANCHORAGE: Figure 4 illustrates connection of the
Emergency Descent Device to an anchorage. See Section 2 for compatibility and anchorage strength requirements.
DROPPED OBJECT PROTECTION:
The handle of the Emergency Descent Device can be connected to secondary
anchorage with a Tie-Off Adaptor to prevent dropping the device during installation on primary anchorage.
Figure 4 - Connection of the Emergency Descent Device to Anchorage
A Anchorage Connector B Anchorage C Carabiner D Cable Lanyard E Tie-Off Adaptor F Dropped Object Protection
3.5 CONNECT THE EMERGENCY DESCENT DEvICE TO A GUIDE CABLE: Sloped angle descent applications require
attaching the Emergency Descent Device to the guide cable. Use the suspension bar kit to attach the Emergency Descent Device
to the guide cable as shown in Figure 5.
Capture Guide Cable in Suspension Bars with 3/8-16 x 1-3/4 Bolts and 3/8-16 Nylok nuts. Torque to 60 in lbs.
Capture Descender Swivel and Guide Cable in Brake Trolley. See detail in Section 3.6 and Figure 7.
Figure 5 - Connect the Emergency Descent Device to a Guide Cable
3.6 INSTALL DESCENDER SWIvEL AND GUIDE CABLE IN BRAKE TROLLEY: See Figure 6.
Step 1. Remove two Brake Trolley lower bolts, nuts and snap hook.
Step 2. Remove the Brake Handle and enclose the Guide Cable inside the Brake Trolley.
Step 3. Install Descender swivel and snap hook with the same bolt and nut that was originally used to secure the snap hook.
Step 4. Install Brake Handle back onto the Brake Trolley.
Step 5. Tighten Brake Trolley fasteners to 60 in-lbs.
Step 6. The Safety Clamp and Chain assembly prevents the Brake Trolley from unintentionally moving down the Guide
Cable due to vibration, wind or other causes. Install the Safety Clamp on the Guide Cable at a location that will
ensure that the Descender Brake Trolley is correctly positioned for emergency descent.
Figure 6 - Brake Trolley Installation
3.7 CONNECT TO YOUR BODY SUPPORT: A full body harness
or other means of supporting the user must be used with the
Emergency Descent Device device. Do not use a body belt with the
Emergency Descent Device. Attachment of the snap hook to the frontal or
sternal D-rings on a full body harness is recommended (Figure 7). Ensure
the D-ring is positioned to hold yourself upright. See the full body harness
manufacturer’s instructions for more information.
Do not use a body belt with the Emergency Descent
Device. Body belts do not support your entire body, which may result
in serious injury.
Figure 7 - Connect to a
Full Body Harness
3.8 USE: Check your descent path and landing area for obstructions
before stepping off the structure. The device will allow you to
descend at a rapid rate. See Figure 8.
1. Connect snap hook to front D-ring.
2. Grip Brake Trolley handle. (Figure 8 A)
3. Step off structure. Pull down on Brake Trolley handle to reduce
4. As you approach the landing, bend your knees and lean back
5. After landing, disconnect from your body support. The lifeline will
retract back to the Emergency Descent Device. Depending on the
slope of the application, it may be necessary to assist the Brake
Trolley back to the Descent Device.
The users of this equipment must be in good physical
condition. The user must have the ability to absorb the landing.
Figure 8 - Descent Speed Control Lever
It is the responsibility of the user and purchaser of the Emergency Descent Device to be trained in the correct care and
use of this equipment. The user and purchaser must be aware of the operating characteristics, application limits, and
consequences of improper use of this equipment.
Training must be conducted without exposing the trainee to a fall hazard. Training should be repeated on a periodic basis.
To ensure safe, efficient operation, the Emergency Descent Device should be inspected at intervals defined in Section 5.1.
See Section 5.3 for inspection procedures.
5.1 FREQUENCY: In addition to inspecting the Emergency Descent Device prior to each use, Inspection should be performed
at the following regular intervals:
• MONTHLY: A monthly
formal inspection should be completed by a competent person
other than the user. A formal
inspection should also be completed if the system parameters are changed, such as after a system is moved, re-
rigged, anchorages moved, etc. Extreme working conditions may require increasing the Inspection frequency. Inspect
the Emergency Descent Device according to section 5.3. Record inspection results in the Inspection and Maintenance
Log, or with the RFID system.
• EvERY TWO YEARS: The Emergency Descent Device must be sent to an authorized service center every two years
for inspection and service. See section 6.2.
5.2 RFID TAG: 200 Ft Emergency Sloped Descent Devices are equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag
(Section 8, Item D). The RFID tag on the Emergency Descent Device can be used in conjunction with the handheld RFID
reading device and the web based RFID portal to simplify inspection and inventory control and provide records for fall
protection equipment. If you are a first-time user, contact a Customer Service representative in the US at 800-328-6146 or in
Canada at 800-387-7484. If you have already registered, go to: www.capitalsafety.com. Follow the instructions provided with
the handheld RFID reader or on the web RFID portal to transfer your data to the web log.
1 Inspection Frequency: Extreme working conditions (harsh environments, prolonged use, etc.) may require increasing the
frequency of competent person inspections.
2 Competent Person: One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working con-
ditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective
measures to eliminate them.
5.3 INSPECTION STEPS: Per the intervals defined in Section 5.1, inspect the Emergency Descent Device as follows:
Inspect the Emergency Descent Device for loose fasteners and bent or damaged parts.
Inspect the Emergency Descent Device housing for distortion, cracks, or other damage. Ensure the descent
brake assembly is not damaged or distorted.
The Emergency Descent Device lifeline must pull out and retract fully. Depending on the slope of the
application, it may be necessary to assist the Brake Trolley back to the Descent Device. Inspect entire wire
rope for cuts, kinks, broken wires, corrosion, or severely abraded areas. Slide the cable bumper up and
inspect the wire rope and ferrules for cracks, corrosion, broken wires, etc.
Device labels must be present and fully legible (see Section 8).
Inspect for corrosion on the device.
Inspect connecting hooks or carabiners for damage, corrosion, and working condition.
Inspect all system components and subsystems according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Record inspection results in the Inspection and Maintenance Log (Section 9) or on the RFID web portal
5.4 UNSAFE OR DEFECTIvE CONDITIONS: If inspection reveals an unsafe or defective condition, remove the device from
service and contact an authorized service center for repair.
6.0 MAINTENANCE, SERVICE, STORAGE
6.1 MAINTENANCE AND SERvICE: Periodically clean the exterior of the Emergency Descent Device with water and mild
detergent. Position the device so excess water can drain out. Clean labels as required. Clean device lifeline with water
and mild detergent. Rinse and thoroughly air dry. Do not force dry with heat. An excess buildup of dirt, paint, etc., may
prevent the lifeline from retracting back into the device.
Additional maintenance and servicing must be completed by an authorized service center. Do not attempt to disassemble
Only 3M Fall Protection or parties authorized in writing may make repairs to this equipment.
6.2 STORAGE AND TRANSPORT: Store and transport the Emergency Descent Device in a cool, dry, clean
environment, out of direct sunlight. Avoid areas where chemical or organic vapors are present. Thoroughly inspect the
Emergency Descent Device after extended storage.
Lifeline (Stainless Steel): 3/16” (4.8 mm) dia. 7x19 Aircraft Wire Rope, 3,600 lbs (16 kN)
minimum tensile strength
Polyester Baked Finish
7.2 PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS
75-310 lbs (34-141 kg), One Person
Nominal Descent Speed:
6 ft/sec (1.8 m/s)
Device meets OSHA requirements:
The following labels should be securely attached to the Emergency Descent Device and should be fully legible:
USA: (800) 328-6146
USA: (800) 328-6146
9510230 Rev. A
9.0 INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE LOG
DATE OF FIRST USE:
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Carrera 106 #15-25 Interior 105 Manzana 15
Zona Franca - Bogotá, Colombia
Phone: 57 1 6014777
260 Export Boulevard
Mississauga, ON L5S 1Y9
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Phone: +65 - 65587758
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819 Nan Jing Xi Rd,
Shanghai 200041, P R China
Phone: +86 21 62539050
Fax: +86 21 62539060
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AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
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OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Unless otherwise provided by applicable law, 3M fall protection products are warranted against factory
defects in workmanship and materials for a period of one year from the date of installation or ﬁ rst use
by the original owner.
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3M to have a factory defect in workmanship or materials. 3M reserves the right to require product be
returned to its facility for evaluation of warranty claims. This warranty does not cover product damage
due to wear, abuse, misuse, damage in transit, failure to maintain the product or other damage beyond
3M’s control. 3M will be the sole judge of product condition and warranty options.
This warranty applies only to the original purchaser and is the only warranty applicable to 3M’s fall
protection products. Please contact 3M’s customer service department at 800-328-6146 or via email at
3MFallProtection@mmm.com for assistance.
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LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFITS, IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE PRODUCTS REGARDLESS
OF THE LEGAL THEORY ASSERTED.