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Work at height exposes operators to the risk of falling objects (tools, devices, and other items).

Enel Grids is looking for innovative solutions which should either prevent objects from falling from height or protect operators who are accidentally within the falling impact area, or at least reduce to a minimum the consequences from an impact, if any, for affected operators.



According to Enel Grids’ standard on works at height (Policy 62, “Global Infrastructure and Networks guidelines on works at height”), work at height exposes the operators to the risk of falling objects (tools, devices, and other items). The falling of objects can cause damage to operators who are improperly located in the underlying vertical projection area (“impact area”), even if they are wearing the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) provided for the activity correctly. The risk of falling objects must be reduced to the minimum level possible by adopting the necessary technical and management measures in compliance with current legislation and standards but also by applying general and specific preventive measures, e.g.:

  • activity planning and information about activity risks;
  • checking the good condition of elements used;
  • signaling the impact area with mobile obstacles;
  • no transit or permanence of persons/machinery/vehicles in the impact area;
  • as far as possible, operators in support on the ground positioned outside the impact area;
  • objects correctly locked before starting their movement;
  • objects moving and fixing by use of auxiliary systems with dimensions, material and resistance suitable for the maximum evaluated effort (weight of the load, height, etc.);
  • as far as possible, use of anchoring systems for equipment and tools at height connected at anchor points.


Please see “ANNEX 3” for detailed use cases and figure examples.



In spite of the measures summarized above, there is a residual risk of falling objects which, if it occurs, may have very severe or even fatal consequences. Therefore, attention must also be paid to protective measures in such cases.

The main scope of this challenge is to identify and/or design effective and innovative solutions which should either prevent objects from falling from height or protect operators who are accidentally within the falling impact area, or at least reduce to a minimum the consequences from an impact, if any, for affected operators.



The solution needs to satisfy the following requirements1:


  • effectiveness of protecting the operators within the falling impact area;
  • effectiveness of reducing the consequences from objects falling from height;
  • be transportable by operators and company fleet;
  • be easy to be deployed and installed;
  • be robust, to be used in harsh working environments;
  • non-interference with normal working conditions nor creation of other/further risk situations;
  • non-interference with current equipment nor reduction of its functionality;
  • compatibility with major kinds of work to be executed, both electrical and non-electrical;
  • be cost effective;
  • require minimum maintenance;
  • be easy to implement - implementation time;
  • not be dangerous/harmful for the employee;
  • not be dangerous for the environment.



  • effectiveness of preventing objects from falling from height;
  • have different sizes with regard to weight and any other specificity of involved objects;
  • possibility of being modified/adapted with regard to weight and any other specificity of involved objects;
  • be flexible to use in different work scenarios;
  • be compliant with the current regulations of the countries of the Enel group or be possible to adapt to local regulations with limited effort.
1At least with reference to the use case in the pdf slide in “ANNEX 3”.


Proposals shall be submitted to the platform openinnovability.com in a single stage and shall include the following sections:

  1. the online solution form with all mandatory fields filled in;
  2. the power point template attached in the Open Innovability® Platform duly completed in all parts:
    • Solution name and overview
    • Solution detailed description
    • Development Roadmap
    • Budget Estimation Proposal
    • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  3. the option to add an attachment with further details.
For questions about the challenge and your proposal, contact infogridchallenges@enel.com.


This Challenge contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Challenge rules

All proposers are invited to carefully read the Challenge and the Regulation of this Challenge, attached below in the Attachments section, before submitting a solution.

By submitting a solution they automatically accept the attached Regulations other than the Terms of Use of this platform.



This Challenge is reserved to the employees of EGRIDS and its Subsidiaries, excluding the members of the Evaluation Team. For the purposes of this CTC:

(i)    Subsidiary of EGRIDS means any corporation or other legal entity of which 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities is owned, directly or indirectly, by EGRIDS; and

(ii)   Evaluation Team means the physical persons who are currently working,or have worked at any time from the launch date of the Challenge to the date on which the Awards will be awarded, within EGRIDS’ functions “Health and Safety Enel Grids Global” and “Innovation Enel Grids Global”.

Enel Grids will recognize:

  1. an amount of 4,000 euros gross each to the 9 Applicants selected as winners of the Challenge. These 9 Winner Awards may be assigned one for each of the 8 EGRIDS countries subsidiaries and one for EGRIDS central functions;
  2. an additional award of 2,000 euros gross may be assigned to the best solution among those described under point 1 above;
  3. another 5 additional awards of 2,000 euros gross each may be assigned to other solutions that are interesting for EGRIDS or other companies of the Enel Group, based on the judgement of the Evaluation Team.

In addition to the payment of the Awards, the Scouter will entrust the Winning Applicants the possibility to support the Project Manager to further develop the initiative. For the purpose of this CTC, Project Manager means the employee of the Enel Group that will manage the proof of concept of the Proposals of the Winning Applicants.

Before the payment of the Awards, the Winning Applicant pledge henceforth to sign a specific agreement with EGRIDS for the permanent transfer of the ownership and the economic exploitation right related to the Proposal (the IPRs Agreement, as further defined below under Art. 9). The Applicant agrees that the Payment of the Awards will be conditional on the conclusion of the above-mentioned agreement.



Applicants can submit their Proposals on the Platform from November 10, 2022, and they will have until 23:59 CET on February 12, 2023 to do so.

Late submissions will not be considered.

See specific Regulation attached.


Protect operators Regulation

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What happens next?

After the Challenge deadline, the Scouter will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions.

The Proposals for each Challenge will be assessed by EGRIDS on the basis of the criteria below:

  1. compliance with the Challenge’s request and the quality of the solution, including must-haves and nice-to-haves, as specified on the Open Innovability® Challenge’s page;
  2. degree of innovation;
  3. possibility for EGRIDS to acquire new intellectual property rights;
  4. solutions that are not generally known or easily accessible to experts in the sector;
  5. technical and normative compliance;
  6. replicability in different contexts and countries; and
  7. economic and realization feasibility.


Upon completion of the evaluation, you will receive feedback.

In case of success, an Enel contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.


Annex 2 - Solution template

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Annex 3 - Use cases

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