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We are a leading provider in the provision of contract cleaning and support services, with a focus on Quality we ensure Customer Service Excellence through premium level service delivery.

Our Why is to become Yorkshire’s No. 1 cleaning contractor.

Risks for Window Cleaners

When considering whether you can clean your building’s windows or need to outsource this task to a professional, one of the key factors to keep in mind is that window cleaners frequently face risks. Depending on the shape and size of the building they are cleaning, there can be a huge number of risks to consider for a single job. Commercial window cleaning companies are used to working around window cleaning hazards and have the tools and equipment that’s required to keep their team safe. Let’s have a look at some of the most common risks for window cleaners and why you should never attempt working in these conditions alone.

Common Risks for Window Cleaners

Working at Height

One of the top reasons that most business owners and homeowners opt to work with a commercial window cleaning company is that they don’t have the equipment available to reach the top of their building. Working at height is probably the most common risk for window cleaners, who use ladders or harnesses to keep them safe from this risk. We all know how huge some skyscrapers in cities like London are today, but they still need their glass windows cleaned from time to time. These types of jobs should never be attempted by someone without experience in this area. For any building above ground level, working with commercial window cleaning services is the best option time and time again. 

Specialist Equipment for Working at Height

To overcome the risks involved with window cleaning, companies use a variety of equipment that will protect their team when working at height. While this equipment is ideal for getting the job done safely, there are extra considerations to keep in mind to ensure that the equipment also doesn’t add another level of risk to the job. Travelling ladders or gantries must always be properly installed and inspected on a regular basis to check that they are safe to use. On top of that, when working with this type of equipment, employees still need to wear proper PPE. Tools and equipment also need to be secured with a lanyard to avoid the risk of them falling from height. 

Time Pressure on Jobs

While we usually think of the risks of window cleaning being working at height or with equipment, a common challenge for window cleaners is the pressure of getting a task completed within a short period of time. We all know what it’s like to work under pressure or with an audience watching us. This often leads to accidents and missing spots, but professional window cleaners are used to working in this environment. Of course, rushing a job is something that should never be done if you want to get repeat business and the best results for your clients. Taking your time ensures that you don’t cut corners and risk your safety while working in challenging conditions. 

Working with Ladders

On even the simplest of window cleaning jobs, ladders are usually required to reach the higher floors of a building. You’ve no doubt seen window cleaners working alone, and this can be a huge challenge when they need to use a ladder for a job. Ladders always need to be placed on even ground and supported by another person where possible. The ladder itself should also be checked on a regular basis for any weak spots. When climbing a ladder, proper footwear should be worn and the maximum load should never be exceeded for the ladder you are using. Falls, slips and trips are the main risks associated with ladders, and they are where the highest number of accidents take place. 

Broken Glass

While this doesn’t happen too often thankfully, there is always the risk of shattered glass when working as a window cleaner. If you find yourself approaching a window, and it seems to be broken, then precautions should be taken. Avoid cleaning windows with exposed glass, as the chances of them shattering on you are higher. It’s important to also monitor windows if you are returning to the same building over and over again and share feedback with the property owner if you do notice any issues. They will be grateful for your help and if the window is replaced, the risks associated with working at this building will be lower in the future. 

As you can see, there are many risks for window cleaners. It’s a profession that requires a lot of knowledge about working at height and the ways to prevent common accidents. Our team of commercial window cleaners has all the correct equipment and tools to ensure we remain safe while also getting our work completed to the highest standard each and every time. Contact us today to book your next commercial window cleaning appointment or to discuss any questions you have about our services. 

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