Climbing Those Wind Towers Just Got Easier

April 13, 2021

You’re a wind turbine tech.

The biggest pain in your butt is that morning climb to the Nacelle.

Naturally, someone has you covered.

4 Responses to “Climbing Those Wind Towers Just Got Easier”

  1. mboli Says:

    My take-away from this promotional video is that people need to climb back down the old way, or a lot of people and tool boxes will be stuck at the top of wind turbines. Because the lift goes only one way.


    • John Kane Says:

      It comes with an optional parachute.

    • grindupbaker Says:

      There was a failed (so far) attempt to make it a Safety Code violation for people to walk on stopped escalators, rather than them just being barricaded off, which led to jokes & cartoons about people standing on broken stopped escalators in shopping malls waiting an hour for a mechanic to come & rescue them.

  2. grindupbaker Says:

    It’s obviously needed. I’m retired 3 years from elevator consulting and safety code committee volunteer work so I’m not going to be thinking about it, no point, but what I see at a glance is that I’m not seeing safe egress in event of power or electrical failure, specifically because of the platform. How does the bloke climb down safe & easy past his platform ? It’s hinged up but what’s the method of flipping & locking when you’re standing on the ladder above it ? Maybe need a cage around it, or at least moving handrails, for emergency egress. Drive traction sheave to rope diameter looks like ~22:1 just by eye balling (no Specs there) but an elevator requires 40:1 minimum to reduce rope bending wear (but this is a Lift). Don’t see the counterweight, there must be one, presumably car + 50% of live load. Might need overhead protection physical or tell-tales approaching the upper landing. It says Ontario TSSA are reviewing it for here so they’ll do a thorough safety review (I’m just viewing a few snapshots and making random comments).

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