Climbing on roofs

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by adamangler, Jul 22, 2016.

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  1. adamangler

    adamangler Wakefield Window Warrior
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    When u first started cleanin windows I took this job on and used a ladder to get on the roofs and walk about (for all the top windows you can just about make out) well I got asked to do it again today and I had forgotten about the access issues. So I simply didn't do them claiming health and safety.

    Just wondered if anyone would climb up here?

    Wanted the money before but now seems too much hassle it's underpriced anyway 20160722_100153.jpg 20160722_100012.jpg 20160722_095951.jpg
     
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  2. Derbyshirecleaning

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    I personally don't as my insurance won't cover me for it, plus if I fall through the roof I damage myself and the roof. I just tell people that and that I could damage the roof walking on it and most people understand. It's not worth it risking it.
     
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  3. HALTON

    HALTON Well-Known Member
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    That's a good point about insurance any one know if gleaming covers walking on flat roofs for access?

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  4. tobyswindowcleaning

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    I was a roofing labourer so I know if a roof is in good shape or not. I still go on them if they're in a bad way anyway


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  5. Chris Dall

    Chris Dall Active Member
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    I don't think the working at height regs include access, seeing as you're not working from the ladder but using it for access to a flat roof.
     
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    Marko067 Well-Known Member
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    #6 Marko067, Jul 22, 2016
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    I've had a number of flat roofs go under me in my forty years in this trade. On the last one there was absolutely no warning. Roof felt solid as a rock when I walked to the far end of the job and on the way back I just went straight through it. Left a hole the size of a bucket. Fortunately I wasn't injured, just a little shook up. The boards under it were left exposed and were completely rotted. After that I always asked any new customers with flat roofs to put scaffold boards on the roof to spread the weight, otherwise I wouldn't get up there. At the moment I can reach over all my flat roof jobs with my 25ft Carbon pole
     
  7. HALTON

    HALTON Well-Known Member
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    Did insurance pay out ?

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  8. Marko067

    Marko067 Well-Known Member
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    #8 Marko067, Jul 22, 2016
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    On that last one I was fortunate in that the roof was quite old and the customer had planned to redo it anyway so although he did talk about making a claim from my insurance, he never did. The earlier ones I felt going soft and warned the customers that I wouldn't be climbing on them again till they got them sorted. They chose not to so I never cleaned those windows again. One of them I still work for twenty years later. They eventually got their's repaired but never asked me to do those windows again which I was more than happy to comply with for my own peace of mind.
     
  9. peter rogers

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    Wouldn't be a problem .. Do it all day long Simple task using fold up ladder outta back of van
     
  10. boarcity

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    one things for sure ,if you walk the roofs often youre going to be in sh/tstreet sooner or later .my lads and i now rarely walk any
     
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