Unions are today calling for a code of practice and licensing regime to govern the high rise window cleaning industry.

It comes after yet another worker was injured when they fell four stories from a rope harness and only months after two men luckily escaped death when they fell 10 stories in Sydney CBD.

Unions NSW Acting Secretary Mark Morey said with the urban consolidation plan for Sydney meaning more high rises are being built; there will be a growing demand for window cleaners with an increased risk of workplace accidents if it’s not regulated appropriately.

“This industry has many reputable operators but of late there has been a number who appear under prepared for the hazards of the industry.

“With new growing occupations, often little thought goes into what can go wrong.

“Workers are being held 70 meters above the ground with little more than a few millimeters of rope to protect them. We expect greater safety protections than this.

“Unions are calling on the SafeWork Authority to establish a high risk license and code of practice similar to what all other high risk occupations require to prevent any more tragic accidents from occurring.” 

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