Industrial rope techniques, or rope access, is a form of work positioning. Using ropes and other climbing and fall protection materials, it is possible to work safely and efficiently at great heights. But also hard-to-reach areas can be entered using industrial rope techniques. The De Hoogwerker team is specializes in industrial rope techniques. Our experienced climbing specialists carry out work at height employing these innovative industrial rope techniques, such as cleaning, assembly, inspections, and repairs.
Advantages of industrial rope techniques
Industrial rope techniques offer many possibilities when working at heights:
-No administrative permits are required
-There is minimal disruption to business processes, pedestrians, local residents and traffic
-Safe and practical solution at any height and depth
-Can be used on open and flat terrain, but also above water
-Quick installation and removal of the access system
-No safety problems, such as vandalism, burglary, accident with third parties, because the access system is removed immediately after the work
-Efficient, cost- and time-saving because one company solves the access problem and carries out the work
Grab a mop to clean your Windows
A standard mop can make exterior washing windows a breeze.
Try this recipe to get glass sparkling clean:
Mix one part water with one part vinegar in a small bucket.
Dip a clean microfiber cloth or mop head in the solution and attach it to the mop handle.
Scrub your outside windows with the mop.
Once most of the crud is gone, move on to the next step.
Spray a streak-free window cleaner on the glass or clean microfiber cloth and wipe clean.
Apartment-friendly window cleaning kit
You can scrub exterior windows from the inside with a U-shaped telescoping pole. The set shown contains two cleaning attachments: a squeegee and a round sponge with two cleaning cloths.
The handle extends and works best with sliding windows. It removes most dirt from double-hung windows.
You may want to place a plastic drop cloth near the windowsill and floor below the window. Don’t forget to vacuum the window tracks. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe off dust, dirt, and icky dead bugs. Follow these other cleaning tips:
Brush the windows dry with a dry cloth covering the round sponge.
Apartment-friendly window cleaning kit
Easy way to clean window screens
Dirty window screens can also reduce the amount of natural light in your home. One of the best ways to clean them is to take them out, take them outside and rinse them with water. Don’t have outdoor space? You can leave the screen in place and do this instead:
Wipe off dust with a microfiber cloth or a disposable duster.
Vacuum any screen with a brush head.
What are the risks for window cleaners?
Health and safety risks for window cleaners include falls from a ladder or external sill, falls through fragile roofs and falls/accidents due to inadequate access equipment.
travel ladders and portals
Traveling ladders and portals usually span large areas of glass roofs. While useful, users of this type of equipment should ensure it is properly installed, inspected, and maintained – otherwise, it may not be safe to use. When working with this type of equipment, personal protective equipment such as a full-body harness should also be worn, while all tools and equipment should be properly secured with an appropriate lanyard.
Typical risks: broken glass; fall; overload of the equipment; injuries from fast work
2.Suspended / Facade Access Equipment (SAE)
For specialized window cleaning tasks, SAE, such as holders, should be used. Of course, like any access equipment, a user must be properly trained in the use of SAE before taking on the job. Some of the most important things to consider are that the safe working load is never exceeded and the equipment is only used in safe weather conditions.
Typical risks: not using PPE; fall; bad weather conditions; overload of the equipment; injuries from hasty jobs.
In some situations, rope access is the best method of getting the job done. Rope access methods allow an employee to complete the task quickly and access locations that would otherwise be difficult to access but not for rope access companies.
Perhaps the most commonly used method – and the easiest – is the ladder. Although ladders are more familiar to work with, they still carry several risks. Employees must ensure that proper footwear is worn and that the recommended workload is not exceeded. The ladder’s height must also be suitable for the work – to reach too far and avoid leaning.
Typical risks: falling; slipping and tripping; tribes reaching too far.
Safety advice from the experts
If you are cleaning the windows by trade, why not put your health and safety to the test by booking one of our safety training courses? We offer a wide range of courses, the following of which will be useful to your profession:
- work at height training
2.Day first aid course at work
We can also check your access equipment for you to make sure it is doing its part to protect your security. Our ladder inspection service includes repairs to damaged items and can be performed at 3, 4 or 6 month intervals – depending on frequency of use.
Typical risks: not using PPE; fall; injuries from hasty jobs.