12.01.2024 | Facade

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.

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Specialist series: Fall protection for facades

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The fall protection system must be integrated into the facade structures so that it is almost invisible.

Stefan Biesl
TAURUS for façade protection at Axel Springer

Modern architecture is very diverse. And it has to fulfil numerous criteria. After all, the facades in particular play an important role in creating and maintaining the visual identity of a cityscape.

And in addition, not only are the functionality and aesthetics of the facades and buildings of great significance, but the effects of the construction project and of the final building on the environment are also becoming ever more important. In their work, architects should therefore pay increasing attention to energy efficiency and sustainability.

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.

Furthermore, a fall protection system must not impair the functioning of the facade. The Tutzing project provides a reference which demonstrates these problems and challenges very well. Discover how it was protected here.

The points mentioned above frequently present architects with a significant challenge. The necessary safety must be ensured onsite, in order that there is continuous protection of movement in this application area for industrial and facade climbers, as facade cleaning and service staff are known in the specialist jargon. And another important point is that the Ssafety solution must not detract from the aesthetics of the facade.

In other words: The fall protection system must be integrated into the facade structures so that it is almost invisible. In addition, it must be possible to complete the cleaning and servicing tasks safely and effectively at all points on the building, in order to maintain the full functionality of the “smart” facade elements at any time. This is decisive in making the internal environment and the use of the spaces as pleasant as possible.

 

Fall protection systems for facades

The various fall protection options and systems installed to protect servicing and cleaning personnel are just as versatile as the facades themselves. Here are the most popular solutions:

Below, we concentrate on the rail system.

 

The TAURUS rail system in detail

TAURUS is a modern system which fulfils the most demanding safety standards. As well as its stability and robustness, which withstand the forces of a potential fall under any circumstances, the versatile deployment options and the flexibility of the system also make it a favourite with architects. The TAURUS rail system can easily be attached to almost all facade types and substructures, without this impairing the aesthetics of the building.

The rail protection system also makes it possible for the servicing and cleaning staff to be continuously protected after attaching into the system just once. This is because there is no problem in installing the TAURUS rails across all possible transitions between vertical and horizontal planes, or around corners and edges.

The result is that the facade and industrial climbers can concentrate fully on their work, because they do not have to repeatedly detach/re-attach from/to the system. This is a significant benefit, because every single detaching/re-attaching action is associated with significant risks!

A slight error or a brief moment of inattention can have fatal consequences. Not with TAURUS. Because this system completely obviates such detaching/re-attaching manoeuvres.

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The benefits of TAURUS at a glance

  • Adaptability to the facade
    The TAURUS rail is characterised by its remarkable adaptability. As early as the planning stage, the rails are adapted to the building structure. Substructures, facade type, etc. are considered very closely, in order to achieve an optimum result.

    Radii, curves and facade forms present no problem to TAURUS, and therefore even unconventional facade structures can be protected. This creates maximum flexibility, combined at the same time with reliable protection which blends harmoniously with the architecture.

 

  • Visual integration
    A major feature of the TAURUS rail protection is its visual integration with the facade. The anodising, i.e. the colour adaptation of the aluminium rails, in combination with the special rail cross-section ensure coherent integration into the overall appearance of the facade.

    For example, the system can also be attached behind the facade cladding, and this in turn contributes positively to the building’s overall effect. The ability to attach the rails to facade elements also has a positive effect on the visual appearance and aesthetics.

 

 

  • Combinability with other systems
    If required, the TAURUS fall protection system can also be combined easily with other systems from INNOTECH. For example, it can also be attached to our posts if direct installation on the substructure is not possible, as was the case at the University of Wuppertal.

 

  • Bending onsite using BEND-10
    The TAURUS-BEND-10 allows the TAURUS rails to be bent onsite. This flexibility in installation and mounting ensures that the fall protection system can be adapted exactly to the onsite circumstances.

 

  • Maximum quality
    TAURUS and the rails of this fall protection system consist of high-quality, very robust aluminium, and thus provide maximum quality. And the system is also of very high visual quality. It blends into the facade in an elegant and modern way.

 

Summary

Modern facades on all types of building must be cleaned and serviced regularly. It is essential to select the optimum fall protection system for these dangerous activities in these exposed working locations. This must neither impede the functionality of the individual elements, nor the overall aesthetics of the facade. It must be almost invisible, yet able to withstand enormous forces in the event of a fall.

This is a balancing act in which we have succeeded perfectly with the TAURUS rail system. The rails are robust and resistant, and they adapt very flexibly to all current facade forms and types, without changing the overall appearance of the building.

If you are indeed seeking a professional fall protection system for the facade of your next construction project, then simply contact us now. Our experts find the best solution for every challenge.           

In our guideline for safe facades there is also even more information on this topic.

Guide for safe facades