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Saving lives through innovation.

Capital Safety has helped mold the fall protection industry through a long tradition of innovation and landmark contributions to Safety. In 1940, in a small Swedish mining town, a series of falls led to the development of the world’s first self retracting lifeline device, know as the SALA® block. Every day since then, our commitment has been to improve fall protection safety. We’re investing heavily in developing new products, training, and focusing on meeting customer needs by delivering innovative solutions incorporating the latest technologies.​


Capital Safety has more than 20,000 sku’s and holds more than 400 active patents in the US and around the globe. Our experienced research and development team has the drive and talent to deliver creative solutions for safer equipment that workers want to wear. Our dedication to making sure tomorrow is safer than today is evident in everything we do — making Capital Safety a perfect partner in safety.​​

History and Innovation Highlights
World’s first self-retracting lifeline, the SALA® block, is patented for use in the silver mines in Sala, Sweden.
PROTECTA® starts as a manufacturer in France and supplier of positioning belts.
DB Enterprises™ starts selling ladder safety devices and rope grabs from rented space on the banks of the Mississippi river in Red Wing, Minnesota.
DB Enterprises™ changes its name to DB Industries™ (“DBI”). DBI introduces the LAD-SAF™ cable sleeve for vertical systems.
PROTECTA® introduces the JRG™ retractable fall arrest device with an anti-shock, corrosion-proof, thermoplastic housing.
DBI introduces the SEALED-BLOK™ self-retracting lifeline, and PROTECTA® is the first manufacturer to make EU compliant fall protection equipment bearing “CE” markings.
The Capital Safety™ Group is created and buys the ROLLGLISS™ brand of rescue products.
DBI-SALA® and PROTECTA® merge to become one strategically focused operating company under the Capital Safety™ banner.
Capital Safety™ introduces the EXOFIT™ harness, REBEL™ self-retracting lifeline, EVOLUTION™ horizontal lifeline system, MOBI-LOK™ vacuum anchor, TALON™ TIE-BACK self-retracting lifeline, and i-SAFE™ electronic RFID reader and accessories.
Capital Safety™ buys Unique Concepts Ltd.™, a manufacturer of confined space and fall protection safety systems in Canada.
Capital Safety™ buys Timus Safety™, a manufacturer of fall protection equipment in Slovakia.
Capital Safety™ expands by establishing operating entities in Brazil, Mexico and China, and introduces the ULTRA-LOK™ with RSQ self retracting lifeline and next generation EXOFIT NEX™ harness.
Capital Safety™ buys Tag Safety™, a leading training and installation company in the UK.
Capital Safety™ buys ITFH™, a leading fall protection training company in France; UNILINE™, a leading manufacturer of engineered systems in the UK; SRTE™, a leading supplier of rescue equipment in Australia; ARSEG®, a leading manufacturer of safety equipment in Colombia; and introduces the NANO-LOK™ self retracting lifeline.
Capital Safety™ relocates its worldwide headquarters to Bloomington, Minnesota, USA; expands by establishing an operating entity in Dubai in the Middle East; and introduces the EXOFIT NEX™ Arc Flash harness.
Capital Safety™ opens a state-of-the-art training facility in Hamburg, Germany, launches its WINNING BEHAVIORS program, and introduces the ROLLGLISS™ R550 wind energy descender, the NANO-LOK™ edge self-retracting lifeline for sharp edge applications, a sealed TENSION LIMITER™, a 175' SEALED-BLOK™ self-retracting lifeline, as well as enhanced FLEXIGUARD™ solutions.
Capital Safety™ buys ALTISEG™, a leading fall protection manufacturer in Brazil, and FALL PROTECTION GROUP™, a leading fall protection training company in Canada; opens training facilities in Paris, Singapore, California, Darwin and Shanghai; adds 60,000 sq. ft. to Red Wing manufacturing facility and develops 20,000 sq. ft. in Shanghai, and introduces the EXOFIT NEX™ Lineman Harness and leather SEAT-BELT™ and LAD-SAF™ X2 cable sleeve for vertical systems.
Capital Safety™ buys PYTHON SAFETY™, a leader in developing products to prevent dropped tools and equipment, and introduces REBEL™ personal self retracting lifelines as well as DELTA™ comfort harnesses. 3M acquires Capital Safety, two of the industry's leaders in personal protective equipment and fall protection products joined forces.
3M Fall Protection had a busy year elevating safety to new heights by integrating the DBI-SALA® and PROTECTA® brands. Several new products including ExoFit™ STRATA, ExoFit NEX Arc Flash Harness and Drop-Thru anchor were introduced. The 3M Personal Safety Division also launched Safety Now & Next, a go-to resource for worker safety news, tips and questions.
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.