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When I'm cleaning windows

When I'm cleaning windows

2 November 2012 Email this article

It’s not often that the importance of safety when working from height makes the pages of the nationals but it made the news last week, for all the wrong reasons.

A passerby captured a video of a window cleaner working 40ft above ground level at the Loch Fyne restaurant in Bath, Somerset, without a harness, scaffold or MEWP in sight. Worse still, he was seen merrily hopping out of windows, and from one ledge to another, seemingly oblivious of the dangers he was facing.

The hair-raising video caught the attention of the world’s media, and has been covered as far afield as Russia. It has also received over 23,000 views on YouTube, where it is accompanied by the chirpy George Formby hit ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’.

The business which employed the un-named contractor to carry out the work was less than impressed. Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper, a spokesman for the Loch Fyne Seafood Restaurant said:"We take health and safety extremely seriously and fully expect the same from external contractors. Therefore we were shocked by the footage.

"When the video was brought to our attention we immediately moved to prevent this from happening again and have launched a full investigation into how this could have happened at all."