Scenario: Ten metres up. A colleague loses consciousness while attempting to get the sorting warehouse up and running again after a machine malfunction in the factory. He needs to be rescued. Quickly! Fortunately the scenario described here is just a role play during height safety training at ASSMANN. But it is perfectly conceivable that this theoretical case might actually happen one day. If it does, every move has to count!
A fully automatic machine park is installed on the ASSMANN shop floor. Employees still work there to monitor the equipment and to conduct inspections. Malfunctions are rare, whether major or minor, and usually occur only once or twice per month. But when they do happen, they need to be fixed quickly. This can involve work on the ground or even ten metres up, for instance in the sorting warehouse where edged boards are kept in temporary storage during the production process. Knowing immediately what to do if a colleague suffers an injury when fixing a malfunction can be a matter of life or death. "How do I get up there? How can I get the injured person back down to the ground?" These are questions that would leave Jörg Kasparek, plant electrician for building services & system engineering at ASSMANN, and his colleagues no time to think in emergency situations. Calling the public fire department in these cases would mean losing at least 15 minutes. And this may be too long in an emergency.