Safety Tips

West Midlands Window Cleaning Services recognises the importance of Health and Safety at work. We have a first aid provider for every one of our vans.

Our greatest asset is our staff and our priority is to protect their welbeing as well as that of our customers and the general public.

We are enrolled with the Health and Safety Executive receiving regular advice and guidance on safety issues which include:

  • Latest work at height news
  • Initiatives and events run by HSE and our partners
  • Future HSE plans involving work at height
  • Supporting guidance and tips

Your Safety Drill before any work

Remember each job must be risk assessed prior to its commencement. Accidents happen when complacency steps in.

Precautions

  • Properly assess the job to determine what equipment should be used. Ladders are often used for tasks which could be done more safely and more quickly with equipment such as a cherry picker or a scaffold. Only use ladders for low risk, generic short duration tasks or where the existing features of the site cannot be altered.
  • If a ladder is to be used make sure that it is secure and cannot slip. Tie it at the top, have someone hold it at the base, or use a suitable stability device to prevent it from slipping. If the ladder is more than 5 m long, a person at the base is unlikely to be able to stop it from slipping.
  • Place the ladder on a firm, stable surface which is of suitable strength to keep the rungs horizontal.
  • Consider using attachments such as an adjustable ladder leveller, or a 'stand' spreader bar.
  • Set the ladder at the correct angle. It should be angled out one measure for every four up (75 degrees).
  • Use a ladder that is, or can be, extended to the correct length - don't work from the top three rungs of the ladder. Make sure the ladder protrudes sufficiently above the place of landing to which it provides access - three rungs or 1 m should be enough.
  • Check the ladder for defects, and make sure that it is only used by people who know how to use it correctly.