Window Washers Brave High-Rise Risk

Friday, February 8th 2008, 12:29 pm
By: News On 6

Things are looking up for Amos Landers, though it wasn't always so.

"I used to work at the packing house in Kansas, and in '82 they shut it down. And I asked God, I go; ‘What do you want me to do? And he said ‘Wash Windows,'" explained Landers.

So Amos founded Landers Window and Exterior Cleaning. Now he washes high-rise windows across Tulsa. Amos isn't afraid of heights, but he is safety conscious.

‘The number one skill is thinking," says Landers. "Always pay attention to what goes on around you. Accidents do happen, you forget to tie-off, you forget to put your safety-line on."

Amos teaches high-rise window cleaning to new employees.

"Sometimes it's very difficult. I show you how to do it then it's up to you to use your knowledge, your brain-because it's all a brain job," remarked Landers.

Daniel Ray Smith has only been on the job a month.

"Not much to me, it's real easy. I jump out of airplanes during the weekend," said window washer Daniel Ray Smith.

"When we're in the air people just go, Ohhh! It freaks them out. Oh I can't do that," laughs Landers. "And I'm kind of glad they can't because the prices are already cheap enough."

So I decided to give it a try.

"If nothing else, your safety line will catch you, you'll never go to the ground," explained Landers.

‘This is Chris Howell, and I am sitting on top of one of these things, and I am scared right now, I am hanging hundreds of feet above the ground, this is not a good feeling!'

But you get used to it!

"I love it. No matter what the circumstance, no matter how hard it is I wake up the next morning ready to do it again," Amos says, smiling.

From a window ledge in Tulsa, this is Chris Howell,