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Cleaning has been in the news a great deal more than usual this week – and particularly so yesterday with the dramatic rescue of a window cleaning team from outside the 69th floor of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan. I’m always saying that cleaning isn’t the easiest job in the world and while cleaning the windows of a tall building must have its benefits in terms of fantastic views and lots of fresh air - as well as providing the cleaners with the ‘wow factor’ when telling others about the work they do, that’s only as long as things are going well.
Well actually, that last point takes on even greater importance when things aren’t going well and I should imagine that those involved in yesterday’s drama will be dining out on their experience for months to come!
For those that missed it, the cleaners’ cradle appeared to have become dislodged and was left swinging in the wind, almost vertically on what appeared to be just one cable, with the two cleaners inside it. I can only imagine what they must have been going through while awaiting rescue, which came after about two hours when a hole was cut in a window to enable the men to climb from the cradle and into the building. You can see the action, at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30031157
Elsewhere, Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, Scotland, has come under fire following three inspections by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate which allegedly discovered trolleys splashed with blood, ‘suspicious’ brown marks on a shower floor, faecal contamination on toilet walls and panels as well as on a call bell, equipment contaminated with blood and body fluids and 'significant amounts of dust and grime'. Worryingly, some of the dirty equipment was labelled as ‘clean’. Apparently the addition of the equivalent of eight full-time staff to the cleaning team following the first inspection, has failed to perfect the cleaning regime and the HEI has raised its concerns with the Scottish Government. I wish the cleaning teams the best of luck in rectifying the problems and good health to the people of East Kilbride until they do…
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13th November 2014