03.02.2022 | Facade

Fall protection on facades: 2 best practice examples

Stylishly matched to the project’s architecture. For every fall protection system, the focus is on saving lives. A holistic, sustainable safety concept for the facade safety system is the best possible gain for construction projects. At the same time, the safety system should integrate into the overall concept of the building, and complement the architecture. Discover two best practice examples for façade protection below.

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7 tips on installing concealed fall protection systems on façades, with or without rope access technology

Safety systems should not spoil the aesthetics of the façade. Nevertheless, they are important for maintenance & cleaning. The imposing glass structure was in the spotlight when it was time for cleaning the windows, because nobody had thought about the fall protection system required for this on the building’s unusual façade. So that you avoid being confronted with exactly this challenge, we have put together 7 tips for concealed fall protection and rope access technology.


Correct planning and implementation of rope access technology on facades

Fall protection with rope access technology is an ideal solution for facades if they are also planned in good time. Architects increasingly decide to install rope access technology. The best way to integrate the rope access technology seamlessly into the building structures is to factor it in at the planning stage. The challenges arising during planning and implementation and the mistakes to avoid are summarised below.


Holistic rescue concept for facades

After a fall every minute counts. Of course, the goal must be to avoid accidents through even better planning, equipment and training. If accidents do happen, rescue measures must be professionally prepared in order to keep the consequences as low as possible. One missing link to the rescue chain can lead to serious injuries and death. In this article you will learn how rescue concepts are prepared in connection with facade work and how rescue measures are to be carried out in an emergency.


What is rope access technology and what are its benefits for facades?

Safety & beauty on facades - no problem with rope access technology. Because of very differing facade types, a safety system is required with which the user can reach otherwise inaccessible locations for cleaning and servicing tasks. This is particularly where the illusion of safety occurs more quickly than most people would like. Thanks to its great flexibility and high safety standards, one process which currently enjoys favour is rope access technology. In this article, we explain to you the concept and its benefits.


5 modern facade types on which rope access technology is possible

Facades differ greatly. Every facade is unique and has its own special requirements in terms of safety, because each building shell must be cared for, serviced and, where necessary, repaired. In order to avoid the illusion of safety, a sustainable safety concept is therefore absolutely essential. In this blog, we would like to introduce to you 5 facade types where we have already gained experience in the past and were able to apply fall protection using rope access technology.


A day’s work in rope access technology for facades

Safety is created above all through the correct workflow. Since 2019 rope access technology has been officially registered in TRBS 2121 as authorised working equipment. It is a rope-supported access process for installation, cleaning, and service tasks on facades. A debriefing and analysis takes place afterwards. In our blog, we’d like to show you this chronology for the individual steps of rope access technology, and to explain each of them briefly.


Rope access technology on facades - all information at a glance

Definition, benefits, system, processes, legal foundations & more. Buildings are becoming higher, more modern, more complex, more spacious... The safety technology for working at height on these buildings must be correspondingly well-developed and flexible. This is why agile and dynamic rope access technology is being used with increasing frequency. It provides optimum fusing of aesthetics and safety on facades, and simultaneously provides the users with maximum flexibility when performing facade tasks such as cleaning, servicing, or repairs.


All-round protection on facades with the (S)TOP application principle

Industrial safety on facades is essential. Dangerous behaviour in the workplace must be avoided under all circumstances. In our example, the solution would be suitable fall protection for cleaning the ceiling-high window. Ideally, risks are already eliminated in advance,e.g. by means of correct workflows. We now consider, in terms of facade safety systems, what the acronym (S)TOP represents and what lies behind it.


7 steps of risk assessment of facades

Tasks on facades harbour risks which have to be minimised. Safety concepts for risks of falling from facades, on roofs, and also in industry have been our special field since 2001. Facade safety is an especially exciting area, because there are an incredible number of different facade types, each with its very own requirements.


How To Achieve the Optimal Invitation to Tender for Facade Protection

Our experts share their best tips. The earlier the technical advice and planning for facade protection takes place, the better you’ll have your costs under control and the more successful you’ll be in the tendering process. Discover our 3 professional tips for this.


Fall Protection for Facades: How Much Does it Cost?

All cost items at a glance. Roland K. opens the envelope and pulls out a multi-page stack of paper, and his heart almost stops. The offer for securing the facade of his current construction project is much higher than he’d previously calculated in the tender. Our architect Roland K. here could have avoided this sinking feeling that comes with discovering unanticipated costs. Because with good and early planning, cost-effective solutions for fall protection on your facade can be found. Read on and find out what the costs are made up of, and how you can plan and implement facade security in a way that will save you money.


Whoops, facade safety forgotten – what can be done?

Necessary steps & expert tips that work. Inclusion of an experienced expert for facade safety early in the project pays for itself in the end, through appropriate know-how and attractive cost benefit advantages. And even if the fall protection system has been forgotten, a partner like this usually has a final ace up his sleeve.


Fall protection on facades: 2 best practice examples

Stylishly matched to the project’s architecture. For every fall protection system, the focus is on saving lives. A holistic, sustainable safety concept for the facade safety system is the best possible gain for construction projects. At the same time, the safety system should integrate into the overall concept of the building, and complement the architecture. Discover two best practice examples for façade protection below.


High-level view of fall protection on facades

Fall protection on facades needs to be stylish and safe. Every year, hundreds of people suffer accidents on roofs, facades, and other workplaces at height. The shockingly high number of such accidents could be reduced if suitable fall protection systems were in use. However, at the same time the facade safety system should not detract from the beauty of the building, because every structure has its own aesthetic value.

Fall protection for Lobster’s facade

Even very modern facades also need fall protection

Time to travel new paths. That’s the motto of Lobster Data GmbH in Tutzing (Bavaria). But it’s not just as a software provider that Lobster puts its faith in developing and selling highly innovative solutions. Recently the company management decided to travel new paths in terms of safety too.

Med Campus Linz - safe facades with TAURUS

Safety at dizzying heights: TAURUS from INNOTECH as fall protection for the MED CAMPUS Linz

The building’s modern, aesthetic facade, designed by the LORENZATELIERS architectural practice, obviously has to be cleaned and maintained regularly. So that these cleaning and maintenance tasks on the external components of the facade, plus the window and glass elements, were made as safe as possible, those responsible decided on a TAURUS professional fall protection system.

TAURUS for façade protection at Axel Springer

TAURUS rail system, the perfect fall protection system for all types of modern facades

Regardless of the facade type, the topic of safety is always of decisive importance. Especially for intelligent facades which adapt to different weather conditions and to the actual position of the sun, regular servicing and cleaning is always necessary. Find out in this post how TAURUS is the optimum solution as fall protection for facades.

On the basis of two best practice examples in which we played a leading role, we show you how to find the best solution in every respect for your company.

Christoph Ortner

Best practice project 1: Facade safety system for ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club)

For the large ÖAMTC headquarters construction project, almost the complete range of INNOTECH products was represented, both outdoors and indoors. Thanks to the financial planning and perfectly matched developments, not only does the project impress with its particular aesthetics, it also complies with the most demanding safety standards. An optimum interaction of standard and special solutions has been created:


Outdoor area

The star-shaped complex of the ÖAMTC building created a number of challenges, for which the INNOTECH experts found and successfully implemented effective solutions:

  • Ring facade/Glass facade
    Anyone who has driven along the Südosttangente (A23) motorway in Vienna will be familiar with the building’s imposing glass facade. From a bird’s eye view, a five-finger form is visible, and this has created a number of internal courtyards. These courtyards were protected by means of a TAURUS rail system. The system follows the contours, and thus forms a continuous fall protection system. The TAURUS rail system was selected because it adapts perfectly to the constructional conditions, provides continuous safety, and maintains maximum freedom of movement for the people working at height.


  • Heliport
    A further significant challenge was to provide safety for the Heliport and the maintenance activities around the hangar. This required the creation of a collective fall protection system for personnel who perform maintenance tasks on this surface. A BARRIER guardrail system was installed as a collective protection system. This prevents anyone from approaching the fall edge, regardless of their level of training. 


  • Wave
    The five-finger form of the ÖAMTC headquarters is not its sole point of architectural interest. For example, the external facade also has a concave wave form, while the roof surface slopes. In terms of safety technology, differing measures were required because of the curves. And therefore, in addition to the Heliport’s guardrail system, the AIO cable system was installed.This creates a permanently mounted safety system by means of which movement is possible in the area of the fall edge. In addition to the cable system, Posts(STA-10-500) and anchorage eyes(EAP-ABP-10-30) were connected to the same attachment points. This makes it possible to abseil safely and flexibly from the roof at specific positions of the glass facade.


Indoor area

Special facade safety systems were also installed in the interior of the building, and these enabled safe maintenance and cleaning:

  • LED facade
    A violet LED facade, running from floor to ceiling, stretches across the middle of the building. The TAURUS rail system, mounted on the ceiling, makes it possible to maintain and clean the LED panels safely.


  • Inside of ring facade/glass facade
    For cleaning the internal glass facade, a TAURUS rail system was mounted on each of the 35 pillars. This has created the ability to maintain from the underside, and so the cleaners are optimally protected against falling.


Because of the building’s challenging contour, INNOTECH was selected as the partner for fall protection, because we developed a highly effective special solution. In addition, together with our partner, we developed the concept in full and overcame all challenges, thanks to our extensive network.

Guide for safe facades

Best practice project 2: Fall protection system for Wuppertal University

At the University of Wuppertal renovation of the glass and concrete curtain facades was necessary. In the course of this refurbishment, a special fall protection system was installed by INNOTECH to allow the cleaning of the facade combination. A number of challenges had to be taken into account when installing the facade cleaning system:


  • Concrete curtain facade
    The facade from the 1960s consisted of concrete up to 10 cm thick. In the course of the renovation work, it was merely bonded to the library tower. The result of this process was that the curtain facade in this area was no longer able to bear loads. It was therefore necessary to bore through the facade and thus attach the safety system to the substructure.


  • Glass curtain facade
    The challenge here lay in the distance between the facade and the framework, because just about one metre was available. In addition, the glass facade is continuous from top to bottom.

The problem was resolved through the development of a special solution. A combination of rail and cable systems overcame all technical problems.

  • TAURUS rail system on vertical STA supports with BEF-30
    Because of the damaged substructure, all the post spacings had to be reduced to less than a metre. Various load tests were performed as early as the construction phase.


  • TAURUS rail system on BEF-10 without posts
    Because of the requirements of the University of Wuppertal, the concrete facade on the library tower could not be subjected to load. By using the rail system, it was possible to find a completely load-free solution.


  • AIO lifeline system
    A special construction using an AIO system including corner formation was built for the servicing balcony. This enabled continuous protection without having to detach. At the end of the servicing balcony, the users can transfer connection from the AIO lifeline system to the TAURUS rail system, thus creating optimum user protection.


Through the installation of the safety system, the cleaning and inspection tasks on the facade can now be performed, thanks to INNOTECH’s technical expertise. The project duration was around 18 months. Both the customer and our partner, a large facade constructor from eastern Germany, are very satisfied with the communication during the project and with the implementation in general. Through the superior quality of the products and implementation, the University of Wuppertal benefited in the following ways:

  • Approval: With a reduced post spacing of 1 metre maximum, the TAURUS rail system is also certified for the process of rope access technology.


  • Light inspection tasks: Thanks to the TAURUS system, there is access to the facades for inspection purposes, and it is possible to replace facade elements, for example.


  • Good aesthetics: From below, the TAURUS rail system is almost invisible on the glass curtain facade.

But all the same: This is a prototype project. INNOTECH continues to develop in terms of facade solutions. Thanks to the experience we have gained, we are able to implement the next construction phases even better, and to install the systems even closer to the facade.

Guide for safe facades