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Don't leave that feeling of security on the ground - climb with our gear!

3M offers the industry's premier vertical systems providing added safety, climbing mobility and productivity. Choose from a variety of ladder safety equipment & harnesses as well as vertical lifelines.

Don't leave that feeling of security on the ground, whether portable or permanent, mobile or manual or assisted or non-assisted, we have a vertical system designed to complement your ability to work safely and productively.

A permanent vertical system for fall protection on often accessed structures such as ladders, towers or tanks that allow the worker to move up and down the entire height of the system rather than having to disconnect and find new tie-off points along the way. ​

Permanent vertical systems need to stand-up to the elements for extended periods of time and require corrosion resistant galvanized or stainless steel construction.

Choose The Right Vertical Systems

A permanent vertical fall protection system for often accessed structures such as ladders, towers or tanks that allows the worker to move up and down the entire height of the system rather than having to disconnect and find new tie-off points along the way. 

Permanent systems need to stand-up to the elements for extended periods of time and require corrosion resistant galvanized or stainless steel construction.

Product Lines

  • The Lad-Saf™ flexible cable system consists of a vertically suspended steel cable that runs the length of the climbing area and a Lad-Saf™ sleeves that can connect up to four workers to the system. The Lad-Saf sleeve automatically follows the user during the climb and locks onto the cable in the event of a fall. Designed for ease of use, economy and versatility, the Lad-Safe offers hundreds of different brackets, styles and configurations to suit almost any application or structure.​


  • Designed for ease of use and versatility, you can configure the Railok 90™ rigid rail system to an existing ladder or customize a system with integrated ladder pegs when no ladder exists. The Railok 90™ consists of top and bottom entry/exit gates, rail joints, and multiple mounting bracket options designed to mount the rigid aluminum rail to the structure. A Railok 90™ shuttle connects the worker to the system and locks onto the rail in the event of a fall, allowing the worker to regain their footing. Various clamps are available so you can attach it to almost any structure.​


  • Extremely tall or lengthy structures are often conducive to an assisted system which provides weight relief to reduce worker fatigue and improve climbing longevity. Various styles of systems are available for both inside (wind turbine) and outside (oil rig) applications for added versatility. Some systems are available with built-in fall protection while others will require a separate system such as Lad-Saf™.​​​


  • DBI-SALA® offers a complete line of mobile and static rope grabs for synthetic fiber rope and steel wire cable, plus a wide variety of lifelines to fit your job application. All of our rope grabs are made of high grade, long-lasting corrosion-resistant materials and utilize both a cam lever and friction-sensitive brake to lock the rope grab onto the lifeline in case of a fall—even if the device is held open. ​


  • ​The Protecta® flexible cable system consists of a vertically suspended steel cable that runs the length of the climbing area. The Cabloc™ sleeve connects the worker to the system and automatically follows them during the climb and locks onto the cable in the event of a fall, allowing the worker to regain their footing. Protecta® gear is designed for ease of use, economy and versatility with options available for 3/8" (9.5 mm) or 5/16" (8 mm) cable lifelines.​


  • The Protecta® Cobra™ rope grab is unique because it can be set for automatic hands-free operation, or manual operation allowing the user to fix the device in place for positioning or restraint applications. For added ease of use and versatility, the grab can be attached anywhere along the 5/8 in. (16mm) synthetic rope lifeline.


  • Protecta® offers a complete line of mobile and manual rope grabs for synthetic fiber rope, plus a wide variety of lifelines to fit your job application. All of our rope grabs are made of high grade, long-lasting corrosion-resistant materials and unique braking systems to lock the rope grab onto the lifeline in case of a fall.​

What's New
  • For exceptional usability, performance and protection on kernmantle rope lifelines!
    The unique kernmantle rope grab provides the versatility of easily switching between an automatic or manual rope grab and features a built in anti-panic grip. Rope-Safe™ is a global product, certified to multiple world standards providing advanced protection to workers at height.
  • Effortless climbing system delivering comfort and performance at heights !
    Extremely tall or lengthy structures are often conducive to an assisted system which provides weight relief to reduce worker fatigue and improve climbing longevity. The Powered Climb Assist System from DBI-SALA® is specifically designed to provide assistance for those who climb the internal ladders of wind energy towers. ​
  • The Most Popular Ladder Safety System in the World Since 1979 has been taken to the Next Generation!
    The Lad-Saf™ X2 sleeve automatically follows the climber during ascent or descent for complete ease-of-use and now incorporates two independent locking systems. A primary cam and secondary inertial locking system provide confidence and an added level of protection in the event of a fall. In addition, the device now incorporates a built-in energy absorber that limits fall arrest forces on the user to safe levels.
3M Fall Protection combines the products and expertise of DBI-SALA® and Protecta® with the technology and innovation of 3M to elevate safety to new heights and keep workers comfortable, confident and safe every time they climb. See our products and services at 3M.com/FallProtection.