50Hertz extends partnership with HighStep

10 January 2023 15:39

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Dietikon ZH – The Berlin-based transmission system operator 50Hertz has extended its partnership with HighStep Systems AG for another four years. In 2023 alone, there are plans for around 850 masts to be equipped with the Swiss fall protection system.

HighStep Systems AG, which is based in Dietikon, has extended its contractual partnership with the German transmission system operator 50Hertz of Berlin for a further four years, announced a statement. HighStep offers a fall protection system that employees can use to climb up and down electricity pylons efficiently, safely and ergonomically. According to sales manager Gregor Wylenzek, since 2018 HighStep has equipped several hundred existing 50Hertz high-voltage pylons, while major new projects are to follow in the coming years. "We are very much looking forward to further cooperation," he said. 

In 2023 alone, systems will be installed on around 850 masts. This involves, among others, new buildings where the HighStep fall arrest rails are installed in the middle of the mast wall. These can then be climbed or driven along using one of the HighStep Lift or HighStep Easy systems.

The basis for the cooperation, announced in 2018, is the fact that HighStep won an EU tender certifying its fall protection system as comparatively the safest, most user friendly and most economical of its kind. Important requirements for 50Hertz included making the system basis of the permanent HighStep rail maintenance-free and guaranteeing safety with multiple connections.

The HighStep system comprises two components: an aluminum rail as the system support and a selectable climbing device. HighStep Easy works with the help of two independent pedals, while HighStep Lift is a mobile service lift. In terms of application, the focus is on electricity pylons, wind turbines, transmission towers and industrial plants. Several thousand installations are in operation worldwide – primarily in Europe and Asia. As well as 50Hertz, the company’s customers include the Swiss transmission system operator Swissgrid, the European high voltage grid operator TenneT and the Chinese energy company State Grid Corporation of China

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