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New Miller Relief Step Safety DeviceProvides Viable Solution to Avoid Suspension Trauma


New Miller Relief Step

Easy to use, the device attaches to any brand of full-body harness.

Smithfield, R.I. (April 1, 2004) Miller Fall Protection introduces the Relief Step Safety Device designed to assist a worker suspended in a full-body harness avoid the effects of orthostatic intolerance, also known as suspension trauma. The first and only safety device of its kind, the patent-pending Relief Step is easy to use and can be attached to any brand of full-body harness for added short-term safety and comfort to the user.

If a fall occurs, a person becomes suspended in a harness and remains both vertical and sedentary for a period of time, causing blood to pool in the veins of the legs. Subsequently, blood flow is restricted to the brain and other major organs that may initially result in unconsciousness. If not rescued promptly, serious injury or death can occur, explained Tracy Lang, senior product manager for Miller Fall Protection.

The Relief Step easily deploys when the worker activates a clearly-marked tab. The worker inserts one foot into the web loop-step enabling them to alternate between standing and hanging while awaiting rescue. This movement permits leg muscles to flex, stimulating blood flow and eliminating the cause of suspension trauma. Utilizing two (2) Relief Step Safety Devices is recommended for added support, balance and comfort.

The Miller Relief Step is another innovative safety solution to assist employers in protecting their employees working at heights. An advisory bulletin, issued in November 2003 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), reminds employers of their obligation to provide employees a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

For more information about the new Miller Relief Step Safety Device, contact your nearest Miller Distributor or call Miller Customer Service, Toll Free: 800/873-5242, Fax: 800/892-4078, or visit the Website at www.bacou-dalloz.com

Miller Fall Protection is a division Bacou-Dalloz, the world leader in the design, manufacturing and sale of personal protection safety equipment with leading, premium brands such as Uvex, Miller, Howard Leight, Perfect Fit, Willson and Survivair. Bacou-Dalloz provides unmatched head-to-toe protection through three core businesses: protection of the head, including respiratory, hearing and eye protection (gas detectors and respirators, earmuffs and ear plugs, safety eyewear and eyewash products); fall protection (harnesses, lanyards, lifelines and fall arrest systems); and body protection (gloves, clothes and shoes). The group supports a wide range of business segments including industrial, construction, telecommunications, medical, public services and, through its distributor partners, offers the most comprehensive choice of products to protect people from hazards in work environments or wherever they are at risk of injury.


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