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INDUSTRIAL CLIMBERS changes. “In the wind industry, which I specialize in, we are actually true fair-weather workers. In any event, cool weather and wind are everyday life for us. At these altitudes we are very exposed, after all. I experienced a really hairy situation when a storm suddenly blew in while I was hanging from a rotor blade. I was really glad when I reached the ground again safely.” Tommy Liebmann has now arrived at one of the points where he has to affix an ice detection patch. While it is already getting dark down below in the forest, the altitude professional witnesses a fantastic sunset. But he pays no attention to it. “We want to finish up today, and then we can go back tomorrow.” Industrial climbers rarely have permanent employers; they usually work as freelancers in the most diverse locations and with changing tasks. “It is very easy to attach the sensors because all we have to do is sand and clean the surface. We do not have to go deep into the fiber. Then we just stick it on. Moreover, we can also move very quickly and safely along the rotor blade.” Dangerous time pressure If you have the chance of speaking to one of these rare climbing professionals, it would be a missed opportunity if you didn’t raise the question of really dangerous assignments. Keller shrugs his shoulders. “It only becomes dangerous for us when the client puts pressure on us and safety is neglected. In one case, colleagues drew in the safety ropes from an active screw conveyor on the ground while another was still working inside a sugar silo. That almost ended badly. Another climber was hit Everything you need: There is no time for forgetfulness on the wind turbine generator, because ascents and descents are time-consuming and expensive 24 UPDATE 5/20 The Phoenix Contact innovation magazine