Miller "SafEscape Elite" Automatic Rescue Descender to "Lower" a Casualty (No handle) - Rope Lengths 20 to 180 Metre
Elite Auto Descender Evacuation Device.
The Miller SafEscape emergency evacuation devise offers unrivaled lifetime cost of ownership (Purchase + Training + servicing costs) see below:
The Miller SafEscape offers greater cost savings over most other manufacturers of similar emergency escape descender; the Re certification by a Miller Service Point is required only after seven years (if unused and as new condition) thanks to its robust and highly resistant components. This reduces down time and lowers the cost of ownership; in reality it saves approximately £80.00 - £100.00 per year in servicing costs + carriage costs. This also saves 'down time' while the descenders are off site being serviced and therefore no back-up systems needs to be purchased to cover this period.
To comply with the Working at Height Directive users must be adequately trained and competent in the use of their height safety equipment. Users should also comply with training requirements recommended by the original equipment manufacturer and this is where big potential cost savings can be achieved. External training is not usually necessary for all employees as the this training can be delivered by the employer (pending competence) Typically training costs from third party training companies start at £500.00 and rises to over £1000.00 per day. Most other manufacturers also recommend refresher training every couple of years - even more cost!
It's up to employer to meet <<ALL>> the requirements of working at height regs and Health and Safety regs 1974.
Please also see the Rescue Device version of this product which is fitted with a hoist (hand wheel).
- Army - Defence
- Energy or Electricity
- Fire Protection Brigades
Auto Descender Usage
During the rescue or evacuation operation of an high access worker, safety is of paramount importance and that is why we have developed the next generation rescue solution. The unit has been engineered to comply with the most rigorous testing methods, set out by the forthcoming EN 341/2008 standard. This will ensure the Safety of the people working at height.
Miller SafEscape ELITE, the professional choice for:
- Enhanced safety.
- Greater cost-savings.
- Increased ease-of-use.
- A Global solution.
In a rescue or evacuation procedure time and environmental conditions are often against you and you need to be able to rely on your safety solution. You can trust our Miller SafEscape ELITE to take you to safety even under the harshest conditions:· Miller SafEscape ELITE complies with the new EN341/2008 standard, which sets out the most thorough tests for rescue devices including:· 8000 m descent for 100 kg (16 x 500 m)· Maximum descent height of 500m - Use in an emergency by 2 people weighing up to 250 kg· Has been tested to withstand the rigors of bad weather: in dry, but in accordance to the new EN341/2008 also in wet conditions· Thanks to its durable high-quality anodized aluminum housing, our unit remains in optimum condition of use, even in the toughest environments.
Recertification by factory or Miller Service Point is required only after seven years (when unused),
thanks to its robust and highly resistant components.This reduces down time and lowers the cost of ownership.
The position and design of the hand wheel reduces swaying during lifting, facilitating evacuation procedures.Descent is quick (1m/s) and smooth, thanks to a centrifugal brake, which controls the descent and reduces vibration.
Miller SafEscape ELITE is CE certified and meets ANSI and OSHA requirements, making it the perfect unit when a global solution is required.
Conformity and Certification
EC Category PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): Category III
Standards: EN341 / EN 1496
European Directives: 89/686/EEC
Miller SafEscape ELITE TM
Questions & Answers - Good to know!
According to which standards has the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM been tested?
The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM has been tested and certified according to new EN 341:2008 Class A as well as EN 1496:2007 Class B, ISO 22159, ANSI Z359.4Ã¢â‚¬Â2007.
The CSA certification is in process.
(The ISO standard is the equivalent of the EN 341/2008 in the international Standardization.)
What is the difference between the old EN 341 and the new EN 341/2008
|prEN 341:2008||EN 341:1993|
Tests have to be done with a single descender device and in a prescribed order:
No need to regard a certain order when doing the tests.
For several tests a new un proofed and unused descender device can be used, no need to use the same device for the whole test procedure.
|Static strength test – test force:
10 times the max rated load, but at least 12 kN – static test is the last test in the test procedure – with the same device
|Static strength test – test force:
12 kN – can be done with a new unproofed and unused descender
Descent energy test:
Test mass = 100kg
The force effecting the device is twice as much higher as it was in the EN 341:1993
Descent energy test:
Test mass = 75 kg for class A
|Rope needs to conform with EN 1891:1998||The selection of the rope is relinquished to the
|Optional wet and dry test (Done for the Miller SafEscape)
Functional test 30 kg dry . 500 m
Functional test 125 kg dryÃ‚Â] 500 m
Functional test 30 kg wet . 500 m
Functional test 125 kg wet Ã‚Â] 500 m
What is the difference between Class A and B?
Why the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM meet class A and not class B?
|Descender device class A|
|A 'class A device' has to deal with five times more descends then a 'Class B device'.|
The duration from a Device meets the EN 341 Class A is five times higher then a Class B Device.
For the segments the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is used (i.e. Windenergy) It is essential to be able to deal also with the height and the need to rescue more people. (i.e. Mittelmann RG 9: maximum high of descending 150 m with 150 kg. Vs Miller Safescape ELITE 8 000 m with 100kg)
When will the current EN 341 standard be replaced by the new standard EN 341/2008?
During 2009, the preEN 341/2008 shall replace the former EN 341 and be regarded as state of the art.
What are the main benefits of Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
In a rescue or evacuation procedure time and environmental conditions are often against you and you need to be able to rely on your safety solution. You can trust our Miller SafEscape ELITE to take you to safety even under the harshest conditions:
- The SafEscape been tested to withstand the rigors of bad weather: in dry, but in accordance to the new EN341/2008 also in wet conditions.
Thanks to its durable high-quality anodized aluminum housing, the unit remains in optimum condition of use, even in the toughest environments Miller SafEscape ELITE complies with the new EN 341/2008 standard, which sets out the most thorough tests for rescue devices including:
- 8000m descent for 100kg (16 x 500m)
- Maximum descent height of 500m
- Use in an emergency by 2 people weighing up to 250kg
Made out of robust and highly resistant materials, it can be inspected every seven years instead of annually when unused, reducing down time and lowering the cost of ownership. A yearly inspection can be done from a competend person.
When used for training purposes, the unit requires recertification from the manufacturer or an authorized competent person only after 3000 meters. Up to 3000 meters, a visual inspection by an authorized competent person is sufficient.
The position and design of the hand wheel reduces swaying during lifting, facilitating evacuation procedures.
Descent is quick (1m/s) and smooth, thanks to a centrifugal brake, which controls the descent and reduces vibration.
Miller SafEscape ELITE is CE, ANSI and OSHA certified, making it the perfect unit when a global solution is required.
Is a training necessary to use the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM ?
The Miller SafEscape TM is to be used only by persons who are appropriately trained / or otherwise skilled or under the supervision of appropriately trained people (i.e. in a evacuation case). Also, precise directives for emergency cases have to be observed.
For what purpose can the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM be used?
The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is used to rescue persons who have had an accident while working on places situated at height or at lower levels (i.e., Towers / man holes) or to evacuate people from higher working places.
It is not to be used for routine access or egression.
In general we have two situations:
If an accident happens during climbing or working at height, the injured person can be suspended in the fall protection system. The SafEscape ELITE will allow you to lift the person if necessary to release him.
(Miller SafEscape ELITE with the handwheel)
If you have to evacuate people from higher workplaces in case of a emergency (i.e. fire in a WPG nacelle, Skilift).
(Miller SafEscape ELITE or Miller SafEscape ELITE with the handwheel)
|The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is not a fall arrester!
The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM may not be used to lift or descend heavy loads.
More Questions and AnswersWhich loads can be descended by means of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM and from which height?
Descend loads possible from 30 kg – 250 kg (2 people)
- 75kg / max. 20 x 500m (10.000m)
- 100kg / max. 16 x 500m (8.000m)
- 150kg / max. 4 x 250m
- 250kg / max. 2 x 200m
- also approved for weights up to 250kg
- Maximum descend height:: 500m
However, the mentioned values apply solely in case of an emergency use.
At what speed does the operator descend?
The descending speed corresponds to 1m/s for one user with 100 kg and for two people with 200kg the speed increases linear to 1,4 m/s.
Which loads can be lifted with the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM and up to which height?
By means of the descending and lifting device, 100kg can be lifted by approx. 3.5 m.
The maximum lifting capacity is 280kg. The last mentioned values apply solely in case of an emergency use.
Where and how can the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM be anchored to?
We recommend an anchor point as an attachment which complies to the EN 795.
The connection to the anchorage point can be established by lanyards complying with EN 354, positioning lanyards complying to EN 358, karabiner hooks complying to EN362, guided type fall arresters on flexible line complying to EN 353-2 or by strap loops and anchorage loops
complying to EN 795.
Whenever possible, the anchorage point chosen should be located where a clear and descent free from any obstructions or edges.
When does the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM need to be inspected and by whom?
Provided it is stored appropriately no annually re-certification is required by the manufacturer or by service point during the products first seven years.
The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM must be inspected by a competent trained person at least annually, even if it is not in regular operation and stored according the recommendation of the manufacturer. If during inspection damages it is found or if any doubts about its functionality arise, the device must be sent to the manufacturer or to a service point for servicing.
Every seven years at the latest, the manufacturer shall carry out directly an expert inspection or have it done by an authorized expert who has been adequately trained.
If the product is regularly used the Miller SafEscape Elite TM has to be re certified after total of 3 000m of descents.
How is the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM to be stored?
The rescue equipment shall be kept in a dry place and not be exposed to UV-rays. Care shall be taken not to expose the unit or the rope to flame, weld splatter, the spray from steel cutting or any other heat source. Any contact with acids, caustic liquids, coolants and oils must be avoided.
How to clean the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
The ropes of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM can be cleaned with warm water and mild detergent. After rinsing thoroughly with clear water, removing all of the detergent from, the ropes. It shall be allowed to dry naturally and not be exposed to heat sources.
At which temperature can the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM be used?
The temperature for the use of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is -30°C to +60°C.
Who is entitled to carry out training concerning the use of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
Only Trainer with experience in the Rescue is allowed to train the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM.
Do we have restrictions for Training purposes?
For training purposes, the device must be inspected by an Trainer or competent person before and after each training and after, a maximum total descending length of 1 000m latest after each training session. The descending distance covered must be recorded in the handling handbook included in the delivery. After 3 000 m a total descending distance covered, or whenever doubts regarding the functionality of the equipment arise, the device must be sent to the manufacturer or to an authorizes Miller service point.
Which rope lengths are available for the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
As a standard, the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is equipped with a rope length of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160,170 and 180 m as well as according to customers’ request.
Why does the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM have three perforations in its housing?
To improve the aeration in order to keep the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM as cool as possible during the descending action.
Which special features does the rope offer?
To fulfill the greater demands request of the EN 341/2008 we have designed a rope.
The rope has a specially designed texture, enabling it to withstands extremely high compression and tensile forces. The focus was put on a low streath and displacement of the rope. This has enabled us to create the toughest and hardest wearing rope in the descending device sector.
Has the rope been tested, too?
The rope is an essential component of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM and has been also certified according the standard EN 1891:1998 and together with the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM according the EN 341/ 2008. As only the rope provided by Miller is tested by the manufacturer and by the monitoring authority, no other rope can be utilized.
How can it be verified that the right rope is being used?
Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is marked by the manufacturer with black and blue identification threads. A further unmistakably sign is the marking label on one end of the sewing pattern.
The rope can only exchanged by the manufacturer or a Miller Service Point.
Which special features does the rope guide offer?
The rope guide (entry and exit of the rope into the device) has been designed in a way to reduce friction on the device.
How can the application history of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM verified?
Each time the device is used, it must always be recorded in the user’s manual delivered with the device. Herewith, it can be verified how many times it has been used.
Can the operation of the axle shafts be verified?
The axle shafts are externally visible, which makes it possible to easily and reliably verify their proper operation before each use. Furthermore, a simple functional test (by pulling the rope through the device) enables the smooth operation of the axles to be confirmed.
Which material is used for the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
The housing is made of the special aluminum EN AW-5083 H111. This aluminum combines the benefits of a lightweight and solid material. In order to reach the required rigidity, steel has been used for the parts which are statically loaded.
Do you offer accessories together with the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
Miller is offering a wide range of accessories in order to use the device in all fields of applications. Karabiners, pulleys, rope clamps and even telescopic elements are part of the program.
Is the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM available with ladder adapter?
Miller SafEscape is available with a range of fittings:
- MillerSafEscape ELITE
- MillerSafEscape ELITE with hand-wheel
- MillerSafEscape ELITE with hand wheel and ladder adapter
The ladder adapter is for all ladder rungs up to 30 mm and it´s fitted directly on the rungs. The ladder adapter keeps the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM in position while a additional positioning lanyard guarantees the anchorage of the device.
Does the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM contain grease or lubricants for the moving parts?
As lubricants can liquefy when heated and affect negatively the braking action, the utmost importance has been given in using long-life and robust materials which do not need lubricating.
What about the durability of the special rope?
Depending on its storage, the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM rope has an expected durability of maximum 8 years. The rope shall be kept in dry and not be exposed to UV-rays. Any contact with acids, caustic liquids and oils must be avoided.
Why Miller can offer seven years manufacturer’s inspection of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM ?
In the design of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM,Miller took into consideration the requirements of the users. The direct inspections costs are not the only one significant issue, the indirect costs, i.e., the replacement of the device, handling etc. are a considerable cost factor.
The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is an extremely solid device, made from the best available corrosion and rust resistant materials. Our extensive experience with the manufacture and servicing of Fall Arrest blocks, enables us to be very selective about the materials we use and the fundamental design so that we can confidently support our products with a prolonged inspection cycle requirement.
Under which brand do we sell the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
We will sell the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM under the Miller brand only.
For what applications the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM of product can be used?
The Miller SafEscape ELITE TM is ideal for rescue or evacuation situations from:
- Wind turbines.
- High voltages masts.
- Any areas normally inaccessible by conventional means.
Can we order spare parts?
Inspection and Re- certification of the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM can only be done from the Manufacturer or Miller Service Points.
Can we get Training to become a competent person to recertify the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM?
Miller also offer Training to become a competent person to re- certify the Miller SafEscape ELITE TM.