Wednesday 30 November 2016

Health and safety board says window washer's death could have been avoided

One worker is dead and another injured after a window cleaning crane overturned.

In a recent article here,  the Quebec Health and safety board reported that a window cleaner's death could have been avoided. In this instance, they ruled that the window washing company is fully responsible for the unfortunate incident that resulted in the death of a 53-year-old employee back in April.

The employee, Rafael Marchante died on April 10th when a mobile crane overturned and crushed him. He and his 19-year-old son were cleaning windows on UQAM’s Paul Gerin Lajoie Pavilion the morning of the incident. The company overseeing the job, Lavage de Vitres Haute Performance, made several mistakes.

The crane, parked by another employee, was deployed at an extreme angle to reach some of the windows at the building. The crane was also not levelled. A plank of wood was placed over uneven terrain and under the support.

With the added weight of the employees in the support basket, the left support leg sank, causing the crane to tip backwards. Marchante was struck in the head by part of the crane . He died instantly. His son survived but was badly injured.

Officials said, “When the crane tilted, the chip fatally hit the worker aboard the window cleaning platform. And secondly, the operation of the crane beyond the lifting limit allowed by the manufacturer contributed in the sliding of the left rear stabilizer cylinder out of its support and destabilized the crane."
The company is now barred from using cranes to wash windows. All companies that use cranes should carefully review all safety measures and operational instructions for their equipment. Quebec's Federation of Labour (FTQ-Construction) is calling for mandatory training of all crane operators to reduce future injuries and accidents.

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Joint Membership Deal

Get a joint WCRA - PWRA membership for only $99.
Over 750 Individual items and benefits are now available. 

The WCRA & PWRA organizations have merged.
WCRA members can now access all the PWRA related content.
PWRA members can now access all the WCRA related content.

What exactly does a membership get you? 
1) Supply discounts & Free Shipping

Year 1 Members - 5% Off every item in the store all the time.
Free shipping on all orders over $299

Year 2 Members - 10% Off every item in the store all the time.
Free shipping on all orders over $99

PS - Pressure Washers: we have added over 3,000 new pressure washing products to our store this year. Check it out here.

What exactly does a membership get you? 

Everything in the business service section is 100% free of charge for members. Download over 750 items business building items free of charge.

  •Gift Cards
  •Yard Signs

We are working hard behind the scenes to put together even more great member benefits. Expect total number of materials available to you to jump from 750 to 1,000 items before spring.

Act fast, the $99 Membership drive ends today!

Monday 21 November 2016

Automated Water Fed Suggestion System

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Friday 11 November 2016

Live Q&A!

Exciting news! A new live stream Q&A show airs this Sunday at 3pm central time on Luke the Window Cleaners youtube channel. We will be covering all things Excelerator. Hope to see you guys there! You can read more updated information here.

Friday 4 November 2016

New Unger nLite Video Series

Watch our brand new video series on the Unger nLite Water Fed Poles!  This video series covers a comprehensive overview, unboxing and set up, and a closer look at the Unger nLite water fed poles. We also cover Unger water fed brushes, indoor cleaning and more! Check out all the videos at the link below!

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