Andy Whiting – GOING TO THE POLES

April 2 2019

Andy Whiting, Managing Director at Spinaclean, forecasts a future of safe high level cleaning for Facilities Managers.

According to the latest British Cleaning Council report there have been 13 fatal injuries in the cleaning industry over
the last four years. Falls from height are in the top three workplace accidents associated with cleaning activities,
accounting for 10% of all reported injuries. The financial costs from fall related injuries are substantial. Not only
to the individual, but also to the companies concerned. If someone is injured falling from height, on average they will
be off work for 9.4 days. Avoiding working at height is easier said than done. Employers are under a duty to do all that is reasonably
practical to prevent someone from falling. In fulfilling this duty, the employer must adopt a risk control hierarchy
from managing work at height, including the selection of equipment. This hierarchy means that employers must first
consider if work at height can be avoided altogether. One recent innovation that meets this criteria, addresses an
age old problem and one of the major high level cleaning industry challenges is the SkyVac gutter cleaning system.

“Falls from height are in the top three workplace accidents associated with cleaning activities.”

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