Following on from the Important Safety Notice we released on 30th October 2018 referencing the DAV research into FIXE equalisation anchors. FIXE have released a statement of their own regarding the report and the measures which should be taken by climbing wall operators/owners.
Below is a short excerpt from their website:
Topics clarified on DAV Document Update on 31/10/2018:
- First DAV document seems to ask for a completely replacement of FIXE chain anchors > It need to be focused to any A2 material installed in potential risk areas. Galvanized steel or A2 in non-potential risk areas could be used and no need to be replaced.
- First DAV document seems to say that FIXE made a poor choice of material > FIXE used to use the same material like main anchor manufacturers and always recommended a better material like the A4 for potential risk areas.
- First DAV document does not clarify the extent of the problem > the extent of the problem is in A2 materials installed in potential risk areas like UIAA and CEN recommended.
- First DAV document does not clarify how to identify products under risk > All A2 FIXE material is marked as “INOX”. In case of belay or lowering stations, the mark ”INOX” is on the hanger.
The ABC recommends any walls that have a FIXE Equalisation Anchors contact the supplier of their anchors or their wall manufacturer and their technical advisor.
Further information can be found here.