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The importance of health and safety when carrying out gutter cleaning

Carrying out gutter maintenance and cleaning is a hazardous job for a number of reasons, but that’s where we come in! It is essential that health and safety measures are put in place to ensure that the team carrying out the maintenance is safe, the building is not damaged in any way during the inspection, and those working in and around the commercial property are not put at risk. For this reason, we have listed the top 5 health and safety implications associated with gutter cleanings, and the steps we have put in place to guarantee we meet health and safety legislation.

No.1 Working at height

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries and typically when working on commercial properties, working at height is all the more common when carrying out gutter cleaning. To ensure the safety of those carrying out the job and those working in and around the property, it is recommended that as much work as possible is carried out at ground level. Our team is equipped with a power pole, a high-pressure hose that quickly and efficiently flushes out loose debris and blockages, that allows them to carry out much of their work from below. If a closer inspection is required our team is equipped with the tools to do so efficiently and safely, this include specially designed ladders, liveried vans, harnesses and gutter inspection tools.

No.2 Weather conditions

One of the main risks to health and safety when carrying out gutter maintenance is the working conditions. Autumn and winter are particularly dangerous seasons due to the excess of foliage, and the wet and cold weather. Combined, these factors are extremely detrimental to gutter health, and lead to blockages, damage and potentially the property itself. To ensure our team is working in safe conditions, our health and safety manager inspects the conditions on-site on the day of the operations. We also provide our team with the appropriate equipment and clothing for the job.

No.3 Gutter damage

If gutters have been neglected for a long period of time, it is very likely that they will be suffering from damage, such as cracks, rust, and loose fixtures and fittings, which can lead to gutter failure. Gutter damage can result in leakages, which can cause damage to the building itself and any contents inside,

Our team are trained in identifying a broken gutter and providing effective repairs in order to remedy the issue to prevent further damage. We ensure that out teams are provided with appropriate equipment and clothing to carry out inspections, so as to complete their activities effectively, whilst protecting themselves from harm.

No.4 Dangerous substances

Gutters that have been neglected long-term are likely to be harnessing stagnant water, rotten foliage and mould, all of which can make an individual very ill if they are not trained in how to remove the substances effectively. All of our employees undergo training to understand how to manage scenarios which involves remove hazardous substances from an area, ensuring their own safety and the safety of those around the area. Furthermore, they are equipped with the necessary gear to ensure that the substances do not spread or cause any further issues.

No.5 Qualifications

Working in gutter care can be physically demanding as well as dangerous, therefore it is necessary that those employed to complete the work are experienced and hold the appropriate qualifications. This way, we can assure that gutter cleaning will be carried out effectively, efficiently, and most importantly, safely. All of our employees have been trained and gained certificates in health and safety. For additional protection, our health and safety manager carries out risk assessments and ensure that we are always up to date with health and safety legislation.

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