The first thing on our minds when we hear “Extreme Jobs” or “The Most Dangerous Job” is probably something we have heard on TV – Alaskan crab fishers or miners. While these professions do carry tremendous risk to life and health, there are other professions with extreme working conditions even within the city line. But even among window cleaners there are gradations of how dangerous these jobs are. Probably, two most extreme jobs in window cleaning industry are cradle and rope access window cleaning.
Both of these professions involve special equipment, heights and various factors that define level of risk. Commercial window cleaners are among the ones in the highest risk zone. The closest they get to an office desk is when they fly around the glass of your window in one of those huge office blocks. But think about it for a second, while some are sitting 8 hours a day in front of a piece of glowing technology, these guys are literally in non-stop workout. Apart from the fact that they work on the outside of the buildings, they have to be dealing with the nature itself. Cleaners are not allowed to work in winds that exceeds 20 miles per hour, but how comfy would you feel swinging around in even 18 mph wind 70 floors above the grounds?
However, when comparing the two, one could argue that cradle window cleaning is much safer than a rope access cleaning – obviously, being in a cradle is much more comforting than dangling in mid-air with only a glass to rely on. On the other hand, less equipment – smaller chances of something failing.
Let’s our own independent Shiny internet research. By simply looking at number of videos with window cleaning accidents, one can make a simple conclusion: it is much safer to jump out there with just a rope to hold you, rather than with a huge and heavy metal boxes that will take you down with them, if something goes wrong. Just remember the worry a swinging cradle made on top of the Shard 3 years ago:
And how about this? There is probably no person, who would prefer to be in that thing even if they are into extreme. It seems to be a film scene, but it is not.
These guys risked their lives while cleaning a relatively tall buildings and some of them probably won’t ever come back to the same job. Now compare them to the rope access window cleaners on the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa:
Even a BBC showman could made it down safely. So the conclusion for us would be: if you are into extreme jobs and love to risk your life, go with Cradle window cleaning, but if you want to tell everyone that your job is extreme but feel safe enough to come back to your work every morning, choose rope access window cleaning.