Working at elevated heights provides an increased level of risk to professional workmen and women who are required to carry out their job role above ground level. Although the workplace provides more potential hazards and risks to people’s safety than most other environments, the level of danger is increased by those who have to scale buildings. From window and building cleaning companies to roof surveys and film and television recording, working at heights are common practice for employees who utilise their training and skills to carry out a job in a competent manner whilst hoisted in the air.
While employees, such as window cleaners and filming crew, are required to not suffer from acrophobia, it remains essential that their employer takes their health and safety seriously. Working at heights creates a greater danger as the margin of error is reduced in comparison to operating at ground floor level; being on a ladder or connected to an abseil structure eliminates the safety net of a ground floor. Furthermore, the higher an employee is required to carry out work, the greater the risk of serious injury if they fall or their safety harness becomes loose.
Cleaning services are regularly required by companies across all business industries who wish to keep their premises sparkling clean and maintain its professional appearance. Adverse weather conditions and debris pushed from the pavement and roads onto the windows and exterior aspects of a building creates a gradual build-up of dirt and streak marks. This not only affects the appearance of a building from the outside which can detract passers by and prospective consumers from walking in, but also have a negative effect on employees who look out of windows that are filthy and unclean.
To preserve the safety of their employees and ensure any cleaning job is carried out in an efficient and professional manner, companies should consider MEWP hire over ladders or abseiling equipment. Trucks provide considerable strength and weight-bearing durability to not only hold the considerable strength of a single or multiple numbers of employees, but also withstand strong winds and adverse conditions that would affect people who use a ladder.
A truck mounted access platform provides the security element required at elevated heights to provide cleaning staff with peace of mind whilst cleaning windows and buildings.