Date of Incident

06/03/2021

Country

England

Incident

Top rope self belay with shunt on static abseil line with DMM belay screw gate - After a fall the shunt became jammed on the rope, it would not open or allow the rope to move. The weight had t be transferred onto a Gri Gri and Jumar. After jumaring to the top, threading the bolted belay, and pulling up the other end of the rope, it was possible to return safely to the ground. Only when returning home could the shunt be removed with a hammer, and it appeared the shunts lever had twisted to the side.

Lessons

Use of a mallion instead of a screwgate. Back up devices. Maybe using another device such as micro-traxion.

Activity

Other

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

N/A

Please find attached a picture of the broken shunt in relation to the incident form submitted 7/3/21

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