08.01.2024 | Facade

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.

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Specialist series: Fall protection for facades


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.

With TAURUS we were able to ensure permanent protection for the workforce and at the same time minimise the maintenance costs.

Erwin Eichinger
Med Campus Linz - safe facades with TAURUS

The Kepler University Clinic was created in 2015 at two locations, from the merger of three well-known hospitals. Since then, it has functioned as the high-performance medical centre for the approximately 1.5 million inhabitants of Upper Austria. All surgical, conservative and diagnostic services, plus a comprehensive centre of medical expertise for women, children and young people are available to patients at the MED Campus Linz location.

And in addition, the architecture of the MED CAMPUS of the University of Linz is extremely impressive. 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.


Details of the project

In the course of the MED Campus project of the University of Linz, a total of around 1040 running metres of TAURUS rails were mounted and installed as an overhead system on the seven floors of the main building. In addition there was also a somewhat smaller subsidiary building. As an overhead system, the TAURUS rail system allows the cleaning and maintenance employees to move completely safely and without restriction over the whole facade in order to perform their work. Because of the system’s very high level of user-friendliness, the employees can concentrate fully on their activities.


The greatest challenges

Above all, the greatest challenge of this project was that there were some points along the facade of the MED Campus Linz where an elevating platform could not be positioned. And naturally the aesthetics of the facade had not to be impaired in any way.

Nevertheless, a professional, appropriately certified fall protection system for servicing and cleaning tasks is absolutely essential for a building like the MED Campus Linz, and not just for legal reasons – after all, the responsible parties at the university were and still are more than aware of their responsibility to the employees. For them too, the topic of safety is at the very top of their list of priorities.

In addition, the fastening elements for TAURUS, i.e. the sleeve anchors and the holding sleeves, had to be cast into the reinforced concrete elements in the concrete factory in advance, in order to significantly simplify the installation process. For this too, the sleeves were always positioned in such a way that all reinforced concrete parts could be manufactured the same.

“In the end, thanks to this decision, we were able to avoid the onsite drilling of around 750 drill holes in an overhead position, and naturally this was a huge financial and time-saving benefit”, recalls Erwin Eichinger from Eichinger Absturzsicherungen GmbH.

“The integration of modern materials and design principles not only ensured the maximum possible safety, but also achieved a long working life for the system. This is particularly important for ensuring the permanent protection of the workforce while at the same time minimising the maintenance costs”, he notes about the TAURUS rail system with satisfaction.


The solution: TAURUS

The TAURUS rail system provides operators with a definitively innovative technology in terms of fall protection. 

Forward-looking solution...

“As an overhead system, the Taurus rail system not only provides safety, but is also a forward-looking solution for the challenges of servicing and cleaning tasks at a dizzying height” is how Erwin Eichinger describes it.

But the rail system is also a winner because of its optimum adaptability, and is ideally suited for virtually all facades and substructures. In addition it is very free-running, and curves, slopes and inclines can easily be overcome without attaching and re-attaching. This also means that the servicing and cleaning workers are continuously secured, and so they can concentrate fully on their work. The rails are made from aluminium, and provide the whole system with the best levels of stability and load capacity.


Why Innotech?

The LORENZATELIERS architectural team did not simply select the TAURUS rail system by chance as the primary product for securing the tasks to be performed on the facade of the MED Campus Linz. Above all, they decided in favour of this solution on the basis of its optimally appropriate aesthetic qualities.

It was also decisive that TAURUS is very easy to install, and that seamless support was provided during the project phase by the experts from INNOTECH. “INNOTECH not only convinced us with its aesthetically appealing system, but also through the practical installation solution. The collaboration with the whole project team demonstrates how well-considered safety concepts make day-to-day tasks easier and yet simultaneously fulfil the highest standards”, says Erwin Eichinger delightedly.



The MED CAMPUS of the University of Linz is not just an architectural masterpiece – it’s also an example of how modern facades with complex structures and substructures can nevertheless be secured in the best possible way. In the case of the MED Campus Linz, the TAURUS rail system was the best fall protection system – it blends almost invisibly and seamlessly into the facade’s modern architecture, and provides absolute safety to servicing and cleaning staff during their dangerous activities.


If you are indeed seeking a professional fall protection system for the facade of your company building, then simply contact us. Our experts find the best solution for every challenge. And also discover our guideline for safe facades.

Guide for safe facades