Window Washing

Fall Protection Systems for the Window Washing Industry

Regular window washing helps to maintain the appearance of your building, but often requires maintenance staff and outside contractors to work at heights.  Ensuring their safety and OSHA compliance requires the implementation of a comprehensive fall prevention strategy, which includes the proper mix of window washing fall protection equipment, a rescue and descent plan, personnel training, and partnering with a fall protection company that appreciates the unique nature of your facility’s access points and potential fall hazards.

Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing
Window Washing

We are a complete turnkey provider of fall protection systems designed for the window washing industry and have the years of design and installation experience in this market sector.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.

Design Considerations

Window Washing Fall Protection Design Considerations
Because window and roof configurations vary, effective access may simply require a contractor to clean and repel down the face of the building using a boatswain or bosun chair.  In other instances, window washers may need the range of movement afforded by a swing stage such as a scaffolding device which utilizes a catwalk to serve as the work platform.  Regardless of method, separate anchors points must be used to secure the descent device and the fall protection/fall arrest system.  When installing single point anchors, care must be taken to consider existing support structure, roof construction materials (rubber membrane, standing seam metal, etc.) and to match the correct anchor style accordingly.  Once installed, OSHA compliance requires annual re-certification of rooftop single point anchors.

OSHA Regulations

  • Single Point Anchors
    • 1926.502(d)
      'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
    • 1926.502(d)(15)
      Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as follows:
    • 1926.502(d)(15)(i)
      as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two; and
    • 1926.502(d)(15)(ii)
      under the supervision of a qualified person.

Did You Know?

A fall from an unprotected loading dock can cause serious injury or death?