Is Window Washers Job Dangerous
Window washers have to work at great heights, where they are vulnerable to accidents and falls. The wind can also be an issue-a sudden gusts could knock them off their perch. As another risk, buildings sometimes have glass that’s not designed for human contact; shattered glass is dangerous to those on the ground as well as those high up in the air. Being aware of these risks and how to mitigate them is important if you want to stay safe as a window cleaner.
Dangers of Job
As window washers, the most dangerous part of the job is working at great heights. You have to be out in all kinds of weather too, and not just rain or shine-the wind can blow you right off the side of a building unless you know what you’re doing.
First, let’s talk about safely setting up equipment. Ladders should be well maintained and set up on sturdy surfaces where they won’t slip when weight is put against them. The ladder itself must lean against something that will keep it from falling over if the wind blows it around, and it’s best to use two ladders to ensure safety when washing high windows or walls. If there’s no way to attach your safety harness to the ladder, you should only use one.
That brings us to our next topic: fall safety gear. Window washers must always wear a full-body harness that’s attached to the building somehow, even if they’re just cleaning windows on the first or second stories of a building. You never know when something might come loose and send you plummeting down to earth; better safe than sorry! A tool belt with all your essentials is also important for staying properly equipped up there, as well as a bag for collecting any dirty water that falls from above. It’s generally best not to collect too much in case it breaks free and pours onto someone below safety first!
If you’re working on high glass or another hard-to-reach surface, you’ll definitely want to make sure your equipment is all set up and double-checked before climbing onto the building. High windows and walls often require a high-reach tool or even a pole with suction cups that attach firmly to surfaces, which also makes it easier for two people to work together cleaning them. That’s why it’s important to always keep your equipment in order; any time you’re finished using something like this, make sure it goes back in its proper place, so nothing is misplaced or left behind.
There is one more thing we need to talk about: safety glasses. You may be doing professional work as a window washer, but glass can still shatter unexpectedly when struck by objects or at random due to poor installation. This could mean being left blind or, even worse, reacting to something you think is just a gust of wind but turns out to be the glass breaking completely and sending you plummeting to your death. Because of this risk, it’s important for window washers to always protect their eyes with safety glasses; these should fit snugly against the face without coming off when shaken around by strong winds.
Now that we’ve covered how dangerous working at great heights can be, let’s turn our attention towards dealing with gusts of wind that threaten to knock you down (or over!) Building surfaces act like blades in high winds-if they’re close together, it builds up speed as it flows through the small spaces between them. The result is a very powerful wind that can easily take you by surprise if it wasn’t anticipated.
To avoid this, always take the time to estimate what the weather will be like on your route for the day before heading out. Use local weather reports and ask other workers in skyscrapers for their predictions; any forewarning of strong winds or stormy conditions is better than none. The stronger the wind, the more careful you should be about setting up safety equipment beforehand just to be safe.
Remember: always use caution when working with heights to make sure nothing slips through your fingers or gets knocked away once you’re up there. If anything does come loose, put it away immediately so you don’t have an accident! Also be sure to always wear a harness and safety glasses when working at such great heights, and work in tandem with someone if you can so that only one person needs to be distracted by trying to collect all the water.
Is a window washer’s job dangerous? Being a professional window cleaner certainly has its risks, but careful planning and preparation can keep you safe while doing your job. Always remember about falling objects, gusts of wind, shattered glass, being alone when working on high surfaces-and never try cleaning windows from ladders backed up against open windows or other similar hazards!
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