Latchways PLC

Latchways PLC

The MSA Latchways fall protection range is used around the world on tall buildings and structures as diverse as office blocks, industrial units, leisure and retail complexes, telecommunications towers, bridges and electricity pylons. The products themselves are innovative in their design and manufactured to the highest quality. In turn, a global network of specialist registered partner companies provides the assurance that product quality is matched by equally high standards of installation and maintenance.

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Hopton Park , Devizes , Wiltshire SN10 2JP United Kingdom
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Workplace Safety
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Globally (various continents)
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Welcome to MSA…
…the global leaders in fall protection

All around the world, people work safely at height thanks to MSA's range of Latchways fall protection systems and access solutions.

You’ll find Latchways solutions throughout the aerospace, power transmission, utilities and telecommunications sectors. They are used in every conceivable facet of industry, and they are integrated with all the major contemporary roofing systems. In fact, Latchways solutions are trusted to ensure worker safety on an extraordinarily wide range of buildings, towers, bridges and structures.

Depending on your requirement, you can specify a Latchways system to work horizontally, vertically, along inclines and overhead. It can be a permanent installation to meet a regular need, a temporary unit for one-off activities or even an eyebolt system for working from inside out.

The key to such versatility lies in MSA’s unique understanding of load control. With the Latchways innovative Constant Force technology you can fit a Latchways system and be sure of meeting the very toughest requirements for protecting worker safety at height.

The MSA group is expanding through research-based organic growth and also by acquisition of companies whose patented products or services add value to the core proposition. Such a dynamic approach, backed by a commitment to continually enhance its customer offering, has established MSA at the very forefront of safety at height in all the key global markets.


Latchways was founded in 1974 and is acknowledged as the first company to successfully develop and market engineered cable-based fall arrest systems.

Over the years the company has continuously researched new ways of improving worker safety at height while aligning its product range to the evolving needs of the marketplace and the legislation governing it.

In 1982 Latchways was granted a patent for a cable attachment device used in yachting. This was developed into the Latchways Transfastener, which has become a central component in the majority of the company’s installed systems. The Transfastener’s unique design ensures worker safety in the event of a fall from height while allowing the worker hands-free access to go about his or her duties.

Latchways brought another safety at height innovation to the market in 2001 when it introduced the revolutionary Constant Force post. This greatly simplifies the installation of roof mounted systems and is applicable to virtually all types of contemporary roofing. The unique Constant Force technology has been incorporated into Latchways’ ManSafe horizontal, vertical, inclined, overhead and temporary systems.

HCL, the experts in personal protective equipment for use with fall arrest systems and a leading provider of building safety services, became a part of the Latchways group in 2001.

In recent years Latchways has developed from its traditional centre of expertise in cable-based fall arrest systems and expanded its product and service offering to encompass the complete range of fall protection solutions.

In 2004, Latchways acquired the rights to the Wingrip fall protection system, which has strong potential beyond the product’s core aerospace applications. In 2007, the WalkSafe walkway system was added to the product offering, providing a designated walkway to accompany the rooftop fall protection systems.

To complement such carefully structured development, the company has consistently grown its skills and knowledge resources. On the basis of this, a free design and specification service has been launched to support clients, architects, contractors and installers.

Latchways also monitors legislative developments around the world and maintains close contact with user groups and professional bodies to ensure a quick response with applicable products and services to emerging needs in the marketplace. Importantly, the company’s product leadership is today supported by a global network of highly trained specialist installers and contractor companies.

In the 30 years since its formation, Latchways has grown to a position of eminence in fall protection solutions. Today the company’s systems set the standards for quality, efficiency and value the world over.