Mobile Elevated Platforms
Cleaning windows using mobile elevated platforms is the alternative solution when either ladders would be dangerous and in breach of health and safety legislation or where windows cannot be accessed and cleaned using water-fed poles.
The type of access equipment used at a particular job will be determined by several factors, including the height of the windows, accessibility to the window, the surface around the building, the extent of the job and its duration, and how frequently the windows will need cleaning.
What is a mobile elevated platform?
Sometimes referred to as Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWP’s), they consist of a mechanical lifting system that is controlled by the operatives who are positioned in the platform cradle. This includes scissor lifts, vehicle mounted platforms, self propelled booms and trailer systems. They are designed for temporary access and can be used for working at heights of up to 60 metres.
The Risks, Training and Accreditations
While working at height from a mobile elevated platform is not entirely without risk, it is considerably safer than using ladders. We always carry out a pre usage check prior to work commencing, specifically protecting against the following risks;
- Falling objects
- Falling from height, where potential causes are operator error, failure of cage protection, and tipping caused by mechanical or hydraulic failure
- Overturning caused by over-reaching, sinking and use in high winds
- Power lines
- Operator fatigue caused by exposure to weather or sun
Our commercial window cleaners have been trained in the safe use of elevated platforms, are affiliated to IPAF (the International Powered Access Federation) and have the necessary insurance to carry out work at your premises.
The provision of risk assessments, method statements, our internal health and safety manual and copies of our Safe Contractor and CHAS Certificates will ensure you comply with your responsibility as the personal responsible for overseeing window cleaning services at your premises.
To discuss window cleaning at your premises call our specialist team today on 0800 118 2830.