I had an employee who has been here for 6 months, who I consider a very knowledgeable tree man. I had to question his use of the Petzl Minder, I found that he was using it for top down rigging as a block for lowering limbs. The research that I did, I found it to be used in different industries for rescues. Yes its WLL is 4kN on a single side and the eye is rated at 8 kN & weights 12 oz, and that is labeled as "highly efficient Prusik pulley". He is using a shackle with WLL of 2T for a connecting link to a Tenex sling, which makes its total weight 1.38 lbs with out the sling. When looking online I see that people are using the Minder for mechanical advantage, redirects, etc but not directly as a lowering block. I feel that there are small blocks on the market that weigh less with a higher WLL and are intended for lowering. What is every ones feelings & thoughts on this?
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