Simple tasks are made difficult when height is added. At over a hundred feet in the air, nearly any task can go from simple to complicated. For the skyscrapers of New York City, lift rentals are often necessary to simply change out a window. Setting up a lift rental to work both inside and outside of the building simultaneously may seem complicated, but is often far easier than the alternative.
The Basics of High Rise Window Changing
Working At Heights in NYC
In NYC, working at heights is a way of life. Entire industries exist simply to support the vertical nature of our homes and businesses and the problems that come with height. High-rise window washers work throughout the city in scaffolding and harnesses each and every day; imagine the effort it takes to not only clean, but replace a window at height. For most, the thought of working at heights is terrifying beyond belief, but the process is actually much safer than you might imagine.
The first step toward changing a high-rise window is to be coordinated. When you’re multiple stories of the ground, any mistake can be a costly one. Something as simple as a screw falling from that kind of height can really hurt someone, and those small mistakes have to be avoided at all costs. The way this happens is through clear, concise communication and coordination. Often, individuals on the window installation and repair team will be both inside the building behind the now-missing window and others will be outside, either in a lift rental or scaffolding from the roof, and together they must fit the window snugly and securely into the track.
Not surprisingly, the manufacturers and installers of skyrise windows build them with a few basic principles in mind: 1) They should never, ever fall out and 2) They have to be able to be easily replaced. Unlike with windows at a typical ground-level building, those working at heights don’t have the luxury of being able to make adjustments and movements on the fly. The replacement window has to fit snugly into the track that holds the window in place or there is a huge risk for injury and liability going forward. The people of NYC trust that the windows and fixtures installed above them are made to be secure components of the building, whether they’re replacements or not. For those that know how to change out a skyrise window, getting the fit is surprisingly simple.
It is important that operator of the lift rental is able to safely and effectively navigate the basket to the appropriate position, often with window and crew included. At Alpha Platforms, we include an experienced lift operator with every rental to assist with whatever your task at hand may be. Our team knows and understands the intricacies of working at heights and is happy to offer our expertise in any way that is beneficial to the safety and success of the job.