Last month the New York Times collected reader questions for Andrew Horton, a window washer who has been in the business for more than 20 years:
Mr. Horton now runs New York City’s main safety training program for window washers at the building service workers union 32BJ, teaching future window washers how to reduce risks and promoting safety while working a thousand feet up in the sky.
“What’s more important up there?” he asks. “Prevention, prevention, prevention!”
Q: Who trained you, and what was the most valuable lesson/advice they shared before you began work?
A: I learned from an old window cleaner who’s still alive today, Dimitrius Ganadakis. He still calls me student, and he will consider me his student for the rest of his life. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have continued window cleaning. He showed me to be proud of my trade.