Workplaces at height are hard to reach for the authorized workers, but sometimes too easy to reach for unauthorized people with bad intentions. Ladders, climbing bolts, ropes and other structures installed on the towers may represent an effortless access for thieves and other criminals.
The problem is particulary relevant in the telecommunications industry, where the valuable technical equipment on top of the tower attracts thieves especially in rural and unattanded areas, but it is present in all industries, due for example to copper wires and similar materials. All towers’ owners need to deal with this problem, it is their responsibility to deny access to their towers, not only to protect their equipment but also to avoid accidents and falls of people who are not trained to climb and don’t have the right safety equipment to do it.
We decided to analyze the background, consequences and possible solutions to this issue, focusing on the point of view of the climbing system and how choosing the right system can help increase the safety not only of the workers, but also of the towers themselves.
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Can you see the HighStep Rail on the tower on the left?
No Photoshop involved. It’s just an effect of the special color of the Rail that, when the sun hits it, becomes invisible to the eye and blends in with the beautifully designed white Wintrack pylons.
The aesthetic value of a climbing system is measured by its ability not to disturb and spoil the design of the tower where it’s mounted. A discreet system makes not only architects and designers happy, but also helps the towers be approved and appreciated by the citizens.
A nice-looking tower is much more accepted by the people living near the line than an ugly lattice tower would be. But designers and famous architects don’t want their work to be visually disturbed by a bulky ladder: we offer you and them an alternative solution, an efficient and unobtrusive climbing system.This will make their towers more beautiful and thus better accepted by the public, causing less problems and protests while building new lines.
The beauty of HighStep is due to its slender shape, the color of the anodised aluminum which can be adapted to the color of the structure, as well as its narrow width (110mm) compared to for example a 30-40 cm metallic ladder. In addition, its distance to the tower is also minimal. Pleasing to the eye (or even invisible!), but also safe, future-oriented, efficient and ergonomic. What else do you want from a climbing system?
The world’s first portable Lift, a compact machine that encompasses high level technology and latest engineering features, the most revolutionary HighStep product has finally been certifiedby Tüv Süd following the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
This directive is a European Union directive concerning machinery, developed to ensure a common safety level in machinery placed on the market within the European Union. European directives set the essentail health and safety requirements that apply to all manufacturers. This particular directive applies to a selected group of new machines, including lifting equipment.
Being an elevator for the transport of people to the workplace, the HighStep Lift has undergone a long process of testing, monitoring and observation that led to the conclusion that the product fully complies with the European requirements and the safety of the operators is ensured at any moment, thanks to a wide range of safety features.
The long duration of the certification process was due to the fact that the product is very hard, if not impossible, to compare to any existing machine, and this makes any decision and analysis a brand new one. The various steps that brought to the certification helped HighStep improving and optimizing the technical details and thereby allowed us to bring to the market a very valuable product, a state-of-the-art technology whose aim is to change the world of climbing and finally introduce a fully automated and perfectly safe elevator for reaching workplaces at height.
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