High-rise buildings require just as much, if not more, maintenance as 2-story residential houses. Window washing, inspections, repairs, and banner replacement call for special training and equipment. Meanwhile, safety is the most important part of any work with high-rise buildings.
Working at height is risky. No matter how well you choose your gear, a small mistake can lead to unfortunate consequences. These safety tips can help you avoid accidents.
- Ask For Advice
No matter how experienced you are, there are always other people, who know better. This is especially true for equipment operators. If you are using a truck-mounted access platform or a BMU, operating takes experience. Ask the operators for advice and closely collaborate with them in order to avoid mistakes.
- Always Have A Plan
Whether you are working with one partner or a team, you have to study the emergency plan closely. Know exactly what needs to be done in case of an accident and/or equipment malfunctioning. If something seems wrong, stop. Botched deadlines aren’t worth your life.
- Bring A Friend
Working on high-rise buildings should never be done without a partner. When at least two people are working together, the risks of an accident are decreased. Even if you have impressive experience working with ladders and safety equipment, doing it alone is irresponsible. Even the most experienced workers may suffer from dizziness when working at height.
- Study The Safety Guidelines
Safety guidelines for working at height change on a regular basis. If you haven’t gone over them in more than a year, it’s time to do it.
- Select The Right Equipment
Each project requires an individual approach. The variety of equipment to work with is numerous as well. In some cases, scaffolding can be too expensive and useless compared to the rope descent system. In other cases, it can be the only suitable option.
BMUs, access platforms, aerial lifts, etc. provide extra safety but come with a higher price tag. Match the situation to the right equipment for improving results and reducing the risks.
When choosing equipment for working with heights, a small mistake can lead to delays and safety hazards. While the quality of such equipment should be top-notch, the type of the machine is just as important.
Whether you are planning repairing, cleaning or maintenance jobs, we suggest considering truck-mounted access platforms. They have numerous advantages over ladders and ropes regardless of the project’s complexity. These access platforms are suitable for both commercial and residential projects.
- Impressive Durability
Access platforms are very durable. When you are standing on a ladder or hanging from a rope, you feel a little shaky regardless of your experience with heights. Meanwhile, being a little unsure of your footing can reduce the speed of your work. Using a sturdy platform can help you get the job done faster while enjoying a peace of mind.
- Using Both Hands
Whenever you are working with ladders or rope descent systems, you need one hand to guide and steady yourself. This reduces the quality and speed of your work. You are also limited when it comes to taking the necessary tools with you. Truck mounted access platforms allow you to use both hands and take advantage of as many accessories as you can bring.
- Taking On Tough Projects
When you are working in uncomfortable conditions, such as balancing on a ladder or hanging from a rope, you tire much faster. By climbing a truck-mounted access platform, you are allowing yourself to work in a safe and comfortable environment. This improves the quality of your work and allows you to work longer. You can change the position you are working in and avoid cramps.
- Feeling Safe
Working at heights involves following a variety of strict rules. Any project you take on at a height is risky. It can result in falls, injuries, and even death. Any job you need to do at a height bigger than one story is safer with a truck mounted access platform. Besides, when you hire such a platform, you can take advantage of advice from an experienced operator.
- Closer Access
Truck-mounted access platforms allow you to get close access to hard-to-reach spaces. They work in the areas where rope descent systems just aren’t effective, and ladders are out of the question.
Taking advantage of access platforms can improve the quality of your work, reduce risks, and help you meet deadlines.
New York companies often face a problem with painting at heights. Most building owners believe that they can deal with the task without renting special equipment. The approach to working at heights should be well thought out and reviewed many times. The number of deaths and injuries associated with painting or washing skyscrapers is downright scary. Here are a few important things you need to know about painting at height.
- Working Out A Safe Approach
Most painting companies have a worked out approach to working at heights. Meanwhile, companies that don’t specialize in working with high buildings may overlook the matter. Each company or team must evaluated each object, identify the hazards, and work out a safe approach.
- Renting/Buying The Right Equipment
The right equipment is a key to staying safe and doing the job better and faster. Proper aerial equipment reduces the number of hazards people face when working at heights. While evaluating the object, consider making the equipment list.
Renting machines and lifts in NY is easy. At Alpha Platforms, we have a big choice of equipment for working at heights. Our experts can help you identify which machines you need for the job.
- Edge Protection Guidelines
Coming up with edge protection guidelines is vital for preventing people and tools from falling out of the lifting equipment. Many workers get so involved in the working process, they forget about being high up. Each employee must read the information about edge protection and learn how to use scaffolding, stools, podiums, platforms, etc. safely.
- Updated Restraint Systems
Even if the equipment you use is absolutely safe, restraint systems are compulsory for any work at heights. Even the best restraint system is useless without proper training. These systems are being perfected on a regular basis, so the company should consider investing in the latest solutions.
- Roof Work Safety Guidelines
Working on the roof is one of the most dangerous tasks for many maintenance companies. The lifting equipment can get you up there but it can’t keep you safe. Roof work safety guidelines must include edge protection and fall hazard prevention.
The winter is here and many people are wondering if window cleaners keep doing their job when it’s freezing outside. At Alpha Platforms, we are always glad to get the job done regardless of the weather. Our general rule is that we can clean a window unless the temperature is lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
If most homeowners plan seasonal window cleanings and get them done in the fall, commercial building owners have a tougher job cut out for them. Storefronts and facades often get dirty in the winter due to melting snow and hard water stains. Some of our clients require winter window cleaning before special occasions, presentations, and other events.
Special Cleaning Agents
We prepare special window cleaning solutions that contain non-freezing elements similar to windshield washers to keep the water from freezing. We try to use the minimal amount in order not to harm the environment. If for some reason we face a frozen window, we are always ready to conquer it with special razor blades and scrapers.
Warm Employee Uniform
All our employees have high-quality winter suits in order to keep them warm at the freezing temperatures. They wear comfortable gloves that make it easy to handle the equipment while keeping the hands warm.
Since the winter days in New York are rather short, we have to do some special planning for winter cleanings. The windows shouldn’t be cleaned with the sun shining directly on them. Accordingly, the cleaning sessions are moved around to accommodate each client depending on which side his or her windows are facing. Winter window washing requires a substantial amount of logistics.
During the winter, the rubber grip handles of most squeegees become useless. The rubber freezes and slips. That’s why we purchase special grips to wrap around the squeegee handle. We also invest in safer ladders that feature grip feed thread on each step.
We know the importance of keeping the windows clean all year round so we are ready to do it in any season!
Cleaning office building and shop windows is a compulsory task. Avoiding just one cleaning session can lead to the loss of curb appeal and decrease of profits. Professional commercial window cleaners have many tricks up their sleeves. If you are a beginner, we will gladly share them with you.
1. Don’t Overlook A Sea Sponge
Sea sponges are just as important for window cleaning as squeegees. You can pick up residual water from the frames and the window after squeegeeing. The wet sponge can be used to clean dirty frames and the squeegee blade.
2. Make Frequent Stops
After you swipe a squeegee against the glass, make a short stop. Waiting just 2 seconds allows the water to drip from the blade. You can also use a dry sea sponge to remove the water. If the drops stay, you may accidently shake them onto the glass during the next pass.
3. Invest In Ladder Leveler
This simple tool allows you to keep the ladder straight when working on an uneven surface. A small investment can keep you safe when you are up high.
4. Get A Small Squeegee
One large squeegee is enough for a great window cleaning session. However, if you carry the second squeegee, you can do your job faster. A small squeegee can be used to pick up residual drops left by a larger one. This way you save on using paper towels or microfiber cloths.
5. Ask For A Clear Window
When taking an order for a window cleaning session, ask the customers to clear the access to the window. If, when you come, there is still some furniture blocking your way, ask for help to move it. Don’t try to move heavy objects on your own. It’s not part of your job.
6. Don’t Use Too Much Detergent
The beauty of modern windows is that they are easy to clean. Most of them can be washed without any cleaning agents. Don’t use too much soap or other solutions. Keep them to a minimum unless the windows haven’t been washed for years. You’ll use up too much water and time trying to get rid of the soap.
New York is no stranger to stadiums, theaters, and arenas; unfortunately, many of these buildings are in far worse shape than fans would like to see. We’ve all been in a local venue that has cracking seats, busted bathrooms, and looks like a shabby shadow of a once grander time, and, alarmingly, these are just the ground-level problems; what is hiding up in the rafters and behind the walls in many NYC arenas would likely be enough to scare fans away entirely.
Developing & Executing Maintenance Plans
If you don’t have a dedicated role for heading up maintenance and facilities in your venue, then it is only a matter of time before problems pop up and people stop coming in. It is crucial that your facility have a full or part-time individual that is focused on overseeing maintenance work to the building well above whatever city statutes you have to abide by. This position should not be considered a janitorial position, but rather a customer service and public relations role; your building speaks volumes for the quality of entertainment, safety, and fan-focus that it takes to succeed as a venue in The Big Apple.
Proactive vs Reactive
It is crucial that, together with your maintenance professional, you draft and attack proactive maintenance goals that get out in front of problems. By staying ahead of the curve with the issues that are sure to plague your facility, you minimize the costs and impacts to your business. For instance, if an electrical short causes lighting crucial to a show or event to fail you when it was needed most, it’s going to cost you an untold fortune in reputation and returned ticket sales; by instead dealing with the problem when the venue is empty, you avoid emergency electrician costs, don’t disrupt the show, and encounter far less stress. Remember, when it comes to your venue, to always assume that whatever can go wrong will do so at the most inopportune moment.
Think Beyond Ground-Level
While upgrading your seats may be popular with fans and guests of your venue, it is far more important that the ceiling and equipment well above their heads is safely working. By using a boom lift to access the taller elements of your stadium, arena, or theater, your maintenance staff and contractors can perform aerial maintenance almost as if it were on the ground. Rent a boom lift to repair or upgrade stadium lighting, scoreboards, catwalks, and even the exterior of the building. While this may not seem like the flashiest use of a maintenance budget, having a safely working venue will pay off far more in the long run than ground-level upgrades.
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Get in touch with Alpha Platforms for the highest quality aerial lift rentals in New York City. Our aerial work platforms come with a skilled operator to assist with the task at hand and ensure that your heights are safely and effectively accessed. Learn more about the Alpha Platforms difference for yourself today!
WHAT IS IPAFThe International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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