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Safety in window cleaning using portable ladders

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Portable ladders have traditionally been used by window cleaners mainly for cleaning windows on ground, first and second floors.

Most falls to window cleaners involve the use of portable ladders. In recent years figures for accidents reported to HSE and local authorities show that between two and seven window cleaners have been killed each year in Great Britain and about 20-30 suffer major injuries as a result of falls involving ladders. Many more suffer less serious injuries that result in several days off work.

It includes sections on:

  • Avoiding the risk
  • Risk Assessment
  • Choice of equipment
  • Choosing ladders

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