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Unless you're starting your business off with some good savings behind you, you'll not be able to afford a Water-Fed-Pole system and will have to use a set of ladders and traditional window cleaning methods.

If ever you don't feel comfortable doing a particular window don't do it. Cleaning windows is a genuinely dangerous occupation and it isn't worth taking a fall for a few pennies. I've heard window cleaning is the most dangerous job in the UK! Whether this is true or not there are several window cleaning related deaths every year. Don't add yourself to this list by being a reckless practitioner of our trade.

The Do's and Dont's

 

Don't Place the ladder at a stupidly shallow angle because you're just asking for it to slip out on you.

Where possible have somebody foot your ladder or use a ladder stopper.

 

 

Don't lean your ladders on gutters but rather place the top of the ladders under them.

Plastic guttering can be damaged by leaning your ladder against it.

Also, the plastic surface is quite slippery and makes the ladder not as stable.

Note: The old fashioned metal guttering is far sturdier.

 

Sometimes you may find you have to lean a ladder on a gutter. For example you may need to get on a flat roof and there is guttering round every side of it.

Just make sure of one thing, don't lean the edges of your ladder (the part that is in contact with the gutter) onto the plastic support brackets as illustrated in the picture to the left. There's a good chance that unless you weigh as much as a stick insect they'll snap.

 

Do avoid leaning your ladder on window sills because not only is it dangerous from being slippery, but it can damage/mark the sill itself.

Place the top of the ladder just under the sill instead if possible.

If you happen to be smart and own a pair of ladder mitts, then it will probably be ok to lean your ladder against the window sill as ladder mitts are grippy even on slippery surfaces, and you shouldn't mark the sill either.

However, you have to remember that all your weight will be leaning against the sill, and considering they are only plastic you need to be careful.

 

Leaning

When you're on your ladder don't lean really far across trying to a reach a window, go down your ladder and move it across to where you are trying to reach. You should have three points of contact on the ladder at all times. That means two feet and one hand.

 

Uneven Ground

Be careful about the ground you place your ladder upon. Don't place a ladder on a patch of ground where somebody has just knocked over a giant box of ball bearings for example.

 

Decking

People often have decking instead of stone patios now. The problem with decking is that it will after a while if not looked after, develop a green slime on the top, and because of this, particularly when the decking is wet, it can become very slippery. Placing a ladder upon green slimy decking that was wet almost ended in me having a nasty fall. My ladder slipped out on me, but by the grace of God part of the back of the ladder dug into the wood. That was a stupid error of judgement I made that I very nearly paid dearly for.

When working on decking, even if it doesn't feel slippy underfoot, it may be a good idea to use a Rojak ladder stopper, or better yet, have somebody foot the ladder for you.

 

Leaving A Ladder

It's a bad idea to leave a ladder standing up against a wall while you're not using it. The wind may suddenly pick up and blow it over onto a little kids head. A more likely scenario is that the little kid while engaged in rambunctious play accidentally knocks it over onto his Dad's brand new Porsche.

It's a better idea when you're not using the ladder to lay it down somewhere on the ground out of the way.

 

Working on Snow

Working with a ladder on snow is dangerous because the foot of the ladder will most likely slip out on the snow. I have no idea what they do in countries where there is snow on the ground most of the year round? Maybe because the snow is so deep in other countries the ladder is actually held in place by the snow?? If there is just a dusting like we get here in England then I think you're better off waiting for it to melt.

 

Ladder Safety Products

Two good ladder safety products that are definitely worth investing in are: 1. Rojak Ladder Stopper and 2. Ladder Mitts.

 

And Lastly

Obviously in certain siutations you have to bend the rules slightly, for example, when you're cleaning out gutters, you will need to hold a bucket in one hand and scoop out the mud in the gutter with your other hand. In this instance you will be breaking the three points of contact rule. Basically what it comes down to is common sense and making sure you invest in good equipment. Avoid at all costs the taking of unneccessary risks.

 

 

 
     
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