The Climb Assist Ladder Safety System, which is fall-arrest rated, is unlike any other system on the market because it does not require a separate or secondary fall protection system. This dual system saves time and money, simplifies safety and increases worker productivity. The system provides both climbing assistance and fall protection to workers ascending a fixed ladder system within a wind turbine tower.
The Climb Assist system is designed to lift between 20 to 55kgs, which effectively reduces the climber’s weight by that amount, reducing fatigue and allowing for faster and easier climbs. Activation and deactivation of the system is quick and simple. To use, the climber attaches the Lad-Saf® Ladder Safety Sleeve to the cable system and to the front D-ring of their fall protection harness, activates the motor and begins climbing. The 240V motor is deactivated if the user stops climbing. If the user slips while climbing, the system will lock and arrest the fall, allowing the user to regain his or her footing and handhold.
"Wind turbines can reach heights in excess of 90 metres," says Emmett McGregor, Training & Technical Support Manager for Capital Safety, Australia and New Zealand. "Fatigue can easily set in for workers climbing ladders that reach these heights, which can endanger the worker and lower productivity. The Climb Assist system increases safety, and saves time and money by providing an easier climb and eliminating the need to purchase an additional height safety system."
The Lad-Saf® Powered Climb Assist System includes top and bottom ladder bracket assemblies, the motor assembly and control panel. Standard tools can be used to install the system, which can also be easily retrofitted into any size of tower.