High rise buildings are beautiful works of architecture that defy the natural laws of gravity by towering into the sky and reaching toward the heavens. The sheer amount of work that is put into such a project building these gargantuan works of art is magnificent. From the ground up, piece by piece mankind has constructed great sturdy blocks of steel, stone and glass that weather even the harshest of conditions.
Maintaining a high-rise building safely and effectively
Of course, they do not maintain themselves. In fact, there is also an incredible amount of work that is put into the general maintenance and upkeep of these structures and as you can imagine it is no simple task. When you look at a particularly high rise building that is several hundred stories high with wall to wall windows you’re going to want to be looking at the clean glass. It is amazing how quickly dust and dirt can begin to build up and before long an entire building can go from looking stunning to rough and dirty.
As I am sure you can imagine; maintaining such large structures is not exactly the safest of procedures and so the authorities in charge of carrying out these regular maintenance methods must ensure that they have only the highest standard of safety measures in place at all times. While the workers are very well paid for carrying out such risky work that is my no means any reason to skimp on safety and put their lives at risk.
Important safety measures for high rise building maintenance
Safety at heights is a basic requirement and thorough training with all equipment is the number one factor that needs to be enforced at all times. It is all very well having quality equipment that is regularly checked and maintained but if the people using it are incompetent then it will eventually lead to an accident or fatality. High rise building maintenance is a very dangerous line of work that should be carried out by only the most suitable and qualified candidates.
Additionally, in relation to the use of powered access like boom lifts, scissor platforms or cranes there is an association called the International Powered Access Federation that is in charge of training and certification. Unfortunately, such procedures are not carried out in some of the lesser developed countries for example India. This industry is the second largest employer of manpower and yet, unfortunately, has the highest number of deaths and accidents. This is a staggering figure that could be significantly reduced by implementing such a simple and effective requirement such as training and certification.
There are other important guidelines that should be met, especially with people working at heights. All people that work at great heights including repairmen and window cleaners must be thoroughly checked for any health ailments that can affect them. These medical checks should check for the following issues: Heart disease, impaired limb function, vertigo and difficulty with balance and alcohol or drug dependence to name a few.
Also, quality equipment checks should be carried out, especially when working with ropes. These workers should also be thoroughly trained to use this equipment so as to ensure that any accidents are kept to an absolute minimum.