Rope Access Window Cleaning - Sydney - Abseilers United

The Benefits of Hiring a Rope Access Window Cleaning Technician

Whether your building is a three-story retail outlet, multi-story corporate building, or residential high-rise, your windows cop a lot more wear and tear than you may realise. This is because your building’s windows and facades are under constant stress and pressure from the seasons and elements.

Every day, year in, year out, your windows and exterior fixtures are facing the onslaught of:

  • High-winds
  • Rain and hail
  • Harsh UV radiation exposure
  • Contaminants and pollutants
  • Dirt and grime
  • Extreme heat
  • Cold temperatures and more

If regularly scheduled cleaning, inspection and maintenance of your windows are neglected, you may be compromising the structural integrity and longevity of one of your building’s most critical components.

Window cleaning also helps to provide optimal light for the well being of occupants, pets and plants. One of the most cost-effective, efficient and safe services for comprehensive window cleaning and maintenance is professional rope access window cleaning.

Professional rope access technicians, like the ones here at Abseilers United Sydney, are highly-trained professionals who can access your windows and fixtures by utilising their abseiling skills and talents.

Read on to learn more about the many benefits of hiring a professional rope access technician and why the team here at Abseilers United Sydney are your best choice for rope access Window Cleaning.

What is rope access window cleaning?

Rope access window cleaning is performed by a rope access technician who specialises in abseiling. Abseiling, also known as rappelling, is the controlled descent down a structure, such as a sheer rock face or a building, utilising fixed ropes, anchor points and harnesses.

Traditionally the skill of climbers, mountaineers, and search and rescue professionals, this art has in recent times been adapted for use in building cleaning, inspection and maintenance services.

The rope access technicians here at Abseilers United Sydney, have experience in all aspects of commercial and industrial abseiling and rope access solutions.

The benefits of hiring a rope access technician

When people think about high rise window cleaners, they might often envision a couple of trades people working on a safety platform that raises and lowers via a pulley system.

Traditionally, this has been the most common way to clean and maintain a building’s exterior surface. So what are the benefits of booking a rope access window cleaning service over the usual methods? 

Who can benefit from rope access window cleaning?

Anyone who owns or manages a commercial, industrial or residential high-rise building can save money and be provided with a better cleaning and maintenance solution by utilising a team of rope access professionals.

Examples of structures where rope access window cleaning may be applicable include:

  • Multi-story residential apartment blocks
  • Corporate office high-rises
  • Sporting facilities and stadiums
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Industrial buildings
  • Large-scale glass atriums and greenhouses
  • Multi-use buildings and more

Rope access technicians have the added benefit of 360° of motion and complete structure access, providing you with a superior clean, inspection, and maintenance service.

Cost-effective

Old school window cleaning methods can be expensive, not just due to the dangerous nature of the work; it also takes a long time to set up, secure, safety check and deploy large, cumbersome window cleaning apparatus.

A well trained, professional rope access technician, like the ones here at Abseilers United, can set up, secure, descend and get to work in a fraction of the time it takes traditional high-risk window cleaners.

A qualified rope access technician is also free from the restrictions of a scaffold apparatus, meaning they can access, clean and inspect your building exterior effectively, providing you with cleaner windows, comprehensive inspections and quicker maintenance with things like window caulking.

Many window cleaners also only offer a cleaning service, meaning that you must seek another provider for inspection and basic maintenance, costing you more time and money.

The safer way

Rope access window cleaning requires a lot less equipment and safety points than classic window cleaning techniques. As a result, less equipment, people-power, and apparatus reduce or remove many risk factors from the job.

Some examples of how rope access window cleaning is safer than outdated window cleaning methods include:

  • No scaffolding or apparatus is required, meaning less drop or rescue hazards and less chance of apparatus failure.
  • Rope access technicians require less equipment, reducing other risk factors that often come with traditional window cleaning systems.
  • If a rescue is required, the same team can access their work colleague with minimal risk and without emergency services.
  • Rope access window cleaning is more efficient than traditional models, meaning the abseiling professional spends less time in harm’s way.

Rope access window cleaning has a proven track record for being the safest way to clean and maintain windows and building exteriors.

Want to know more? Contact one of our expert rope access technicians today for more information about our services for rope access, Sydney.

Eco-friendly

Rope access window cleaning is performed with little to no environmental impacts compared to other window cleaning and building inspection and maintenance solutions.

Rope access technicians use a fraction of the water required for more traditional methods, and need no major fittings or structures added to perform their work. Abseiling professionals also require much less equipment to complete their services and use fewer materials and fewer waste products.

This is not only good for the planet and the environment; it also reduces the cost of their cleaning and maintenance services. Abseiling equipment is also easier to maintain than classic window cleaning apparatus and lasts a long time, making it low pollution and minimal waste industry.

Abseilers United Sydney: Professional, experienced rope access services

The team here at Abseilers United are a qualified and experienced team of rope access technicians who can take care of all aspects of high-risk rope access work for commercial and industrial applications.

Other professional rope access services we provide include but are not limited to:

  • Height safety systems and maintenance
  • Comprehensive rope access licensed trade support services
  • Building inspection, maintenance and restoration solutions
  • High-risk abseiling services and more

For more information about our services for rope access, Sydney, and surrounding regions, contact one of our friendly staff today. Send your enquiry via our online contact form, and one of our consultants can contact you at a preferred time.

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Pros and Cons of being an Abseiler

Pros and Cons of being an Abseiler

Imagine jumping off of a building hanging on a rope. When you look down, people seem to be ants and the cars are like little toys. That’s the scenario you get as an Abseiler. Six, ten, twenty, thirty level building and more, that’s our workplace.

“I’m afraid of heights”. We hear that a lot. But, of course we overcome this feeling and actually we enjoy being at heights.  It can be scary if you think about it, but safety is the basics of our job. It is indeed a risky job, but we manage it with safety techniques and also skill. 

Pros of being an Abseiler

One of the best things about being an Abseiler, for me, and I guess many of my colleagues will agree, is the view. Each building has its own beautiful landscape to appreciate when you are up there. Plus, you can get awesome pictures!

Cons of being an Abseiler

It may look like Abseilers are having a good time hanging here and there, but it’s not as easy as it seems. This job requires a lot of body strength and a full day of work can make you very tired after a couple drops. Carrying heavy equipment, getting dirty (you don’t realise just how dirty the buildings are until you do this job), having calluses on your hands and dealing with hot weather or strong winds are all part of the job that only those who do it, knows. 

Overall

Overall, it’s a very rewarding job, especially when you are descending (best and funniest moment, haha). So, no matter the height or the task, we are up to it. Getting it done with safety and quality.

This post was written by Raphael Schuller, Abseilers United team member.

Career as an Abseiler

So if you think you have got what it takes to become and Abseiler, you have no fear of heights, are physically strong and are prepared to get your hands dirty, then the first step is to get some training.  To be eligible to work as an Abseiler you will need either an IRATA level 1 qualification or SPRAT level 1 qualification, then its time to get your white card and some experience.  Ask a company for a trial or work experience if you are finding it difficult to find work initially.  

CONTACT US If you are an Abseiler and looking for a job with Abseilers United please email or give us a call on (02) 9976 6768

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Are your Anchor Points Certified

Are your Anchor Points Certified?

To comply with AS/NZ 1891 – Industrial Fall Arrest Systems or with AS/NZ 4488 – Industrial Rope
Access systems, it is necessary to inspect and service anchor points and static line systems a minimum
of once per year. Also, after prolonged periods during which the system has been out of use, or in the
event of a fall taking place on the system.

It is also a requirement that (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment (harnesses, lanyards, etc.) are inspected at intervals of no more than six months.

A log of all inspections and certifications should be maintained by the system owner.  Abseilers United provide anchor certificates, reminders of your next inspection, compliance plates with the dates of inspection and we also tag each individual anchor after inspection.

Abseilers United Sydney are trained height safety installers and can certify your anchors, in fact it is our preference to install the anchors that we might use again in the future for other rope access works.

Discounts are available should we certify your anchors whilst conducting other rope access building maintenance we might perform such as window cleaning, caulking, sealing window leaks, high pressure facade wash etc.

Please contact us to certify your anchor points today!  Or if you would like a site inspection we can best advise you on a roof layout and provide you with a quote to install new anchors.

We wish you every success with your access system.

What is an anchor point?

An anchor point is an essential element in height safety. Used for rope access, anchor points are a vital part of fall arrest systems on the roofs and facades of buildings and other high structures. Anchor points are used to firmly connect to things like lanyards, lifelines, and other forms of tie-off, which make sure a person does not fall when working at heights. Anchors on a roof vary from a simple D-ring connection to more complex roof anchor systems.

Why are anchor points required?

Under the Work Health and Safety Act, anywhere that work is done within 2 meters of an unprotected edge that could result in a fall of 2 meters or more, fall protection is required. Anchor points are a crucial part of fall protection. Does your building comply with the new regulations?

Contact Us today, Abseilers United can complete a comprehensive height safety audit for your Sydney-based organisation.

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Infection Control Training for COVID-19 Completed

Infection Control Training for COVID-19 Completed

Abseilers United extends our very best wishes to you and your families as Australia adjusts to what now seems a new normal life as a result of the COVID-19 situation. We hope you are all safe and well and staying indoors as best as you can.

ur team are still busy working outdoors and we are pleased to continue to offer our abseiling team full time work.

We wanted to update you that all team members have completed the Australian Government’s Department of Health ‘Infection Control Training – COVID-19’ online training course. This ensures that our team are trained in and are practicing safe procedures of infection control at our client properties.

Our team are available to continue to assist you with any of the following services.   We are only too happy to help. If you live in Sydney, Australia contact us today for an obligation free quote.

Abseilers United  – Sydney’s Trusted Rope Access Technicians, specialising in:

Height Safety installations
– anchor installation
– safety line installation
– ladder bracket installation
– height safety assessment and design
– anchor certification

Building maintenance including:
– Window cleaning
– Gutter cleaning
– Caulking
– Painting
– Water pressure cleaning
– Facade repairs

Banner installations
Bush regeneration

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Dear valued client,

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe during this uncertain time.

My staff and I are taking the recent developments very seriously and we are operating under the guidance of the Australian Government and their recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

The team are fully operational and will continue to be available to help you with any rope access requirements.

Our work is outdoors, and our relatively low contact with people is a low health risk and we will continue to maintain best practices in relation to the COVID-19, which we review daily.

By continuing to do our work, we also help maintain a critical base flow of economic activity and continue to provide our staff with ongoing work opportunities.

If you and your organisation have projects that you want completing whether it be rope access: window cleaning, window sealing and caulking, painting, banner installations or if you need height safety installations or anchor certifications we can still help you make that happen.

Please do not hesitate to contact us and arrange for a free quote.

Stay well.

Stan Cortes
General Manager and the team at Abseilers United

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5 Reasons to Hang Signs & Banners at Heights

5 Reasons to Hang Signs & Banners at Heights

At Abseilers United, we perform dozens of services for industrial and commercial clients across the Sydney region. Whether we’re performing standby rescue or handling industrial rope access in confined spaces, our focus is always 100% on safety. As professional rope access technicians, we’re trained to manage a vast range of tasks at heights. One task that we particularly enjoy is the installation of signs and banners. Need one of these elements displayed at a high point on your building’s exterior? We can help! Check out these 5 reasons hanging banners and signs at heights could be a great idea for your company.

Your Message Won’t Go Unnoticed

There are many ways to advertise a grand opening, big event, or other significant occasion. “Traditional” methods have their advantages, but when you’re looking to really get the word out, a banner situated metres above the ground can get the job done. Hanging a banner several storeys up can be seen at a great distance. A bright, attractive banner is easily noticed even from the ground. If it is installed at eye level with other high rise buildings, you are reaching another audience, as well. If you’ve got something to announce, make sure your words are heard loud and clear.

Banners at Heights Make a Statement

Not only does signage at heights attract attention, it also brings with it a certain kind of attention. Large banners flown high in the air are naturally more unique and intriguing, and this means their messages are usually seen as more important. They also don’t get lose in the chaos of advertisements at street level.

Banners at heights carry more weight; they make people take notice. If a business spends the time having a banner or sign installed at heights, it usually makes the statement that this company is serious about what they’re sharing. This is good for a commercial reputation and also yields an unforgettable experience for the viewer.

Establish Your Presence

A commercial building in a major city like Sydney needs to stand out. In most of the world’s major urban areas, high rise buildings are emblazoned with the logos of the businesses housed within. This has become a way to gain recognition within a city, and to fully establish your presence. Large businesses comprising an entire high rise won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to hang their namesake sign at heights.

Signs Can Share a Great Deal

What kind of signs can you hang? The possibilities are endless, but common options include logos and business names/permanent signage, banners advertising sales, grand openings, and other big events, and notices for commercial or residential spaces for rent. Be as creative as you’d like. If you have a sign, banner, or other display to be installed at heights, our Sydney rope access team can handle it.

They Can Be Temporary or Permanent

Thinking about the permanency of these elements? Both signs and banners situated at heights can be removed at any time in the future. In fact, we offer sign and banner removal amongst our services, as well as maintenance. If you want to keep making a statement and getting attention, you can replace your banners regularly. Abseilers United is ready to take care of this for you.

Let’s talk about your needs! When you’re ready to have a sign or banner safely, professionally installed, give our team a call.

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Rigging & Lifting - Abseilers United

Rigging & Lifting: Abseiling Services for Moving & Transport

When you’re moving home or office, it’s not uncommon to have items that seem to be impossible to transport. When moving into a high rise building, or even a more modest structure, there is often no way to move certain items “traditionally.” Entryways may be too narrow, or the item may be excessively heavy. In such circumstances, you can call on an abseiling team for help.

At Abseilers United, we’re not just experts in height safety and licensed trades at heights, we’re also skilled at transport via rigging, lifting, and lowering. Could you benefit from our services for your next move? We don’t just assist movers, either, but often work with contractors, builders, and more. Read on to find out about this unique service.

Building Works in Progress

One of the most common uses for our rope access rigging and lifting is for works in progress. Contractors and builders know that there are often situations in which there is great difficulty delivering materials and parts to a high point on a structure. Yet, such equipment may be essential to continued progress on a building. On occasions when cranes cannot access an area, or cannot safely convey an item, rope access can be the solution. With our enormous focus on safe work at heights, our team of expert abseilers can securely rig and lift materials and equipment of all sizes, weights, and dimensions, delivering it to its destination in the sky. During the building process, don’t forget to consider Abseilers United.

The Heavy Lifting

We don’t just move equipment and materials to high points; we frequently transport everyday items. From the tallest skyscrapers to “regular” homes, our rigging and lifting can be utilised for furniture, works of art, unwieldy items such as pianos, and much more. This service is a godsend in situations when a doorway does not allow room to carry in an item or when there is virtually no other way to deliver it several storeys above the ground. Plus, you can always depend on our team to keep items in prime condition during their journey. Abseiling services will save the day for businesses and property owners. Got an unusual item that needs moving? Ask us about it, and we’ll do our best to find the solution.

Rigging for Demolition

Sometimes, we don’t just move items to a new location, we help to take them away. In the event of a controlled demolition, our team of rope access technicians can be on hand to safely remove heavy or hazardous items prior to the main event. This service allows for a more secure demolition and allows the preservation of specific items or building features, if necessary.

Leading Sydney Abseilers – Always an Eye on Safety

There are countless situations in which businesses and individuals can benefit from the skills of rope access. In our industrial rigging and lifting services, you can rely on Abseilers United to offer the strictest standards of safety, quality, and customer service. Our main priority, without question, is always safe work for our team and for others. Whatever work you need completed at heights or in hard-to-access areas, we’re the Sydney height safety experts to call.

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Commercial Window Cleaning : 5 Things to Know

How are your windows looking these days? Unless you can reply with “spotlessly clean,” it is likely time to schedule a commercial window cleaning. Having your windows professionally maintained is a must for any business. Whether you work in a 40 storey skyscraper or a small building with only a few floors, your windows say a lot about what customers will find inside. We hope you’ll choose us for your expert window cleaning services in Sydney. Known for outstanding service and a dedication to the toughest standards, we’re a team who will get your windows looking their absolute best. Considering booking with us? Here are 5 things to know about commercial window cleaning.

Clean windows are an essential part of your success with customers

Clean windows are important. Not just for the basic hygienic reasons, but for the impression that clean windows deliver. If your business is housed in a tall, gleaming skyscraper, customers expect to be impressed. Such a structure says a lot about your company. Your customers and potential customers have high expectations of the quality and reputation of your business. But what if those windows are dirty, dingy, and flat? Gone is the gleam and sparkle. Unkempt windows on buildings of any size can have a major negative impact. These give an impression of a lacklustre organisation—-one that doesn’t take pride in its work or in its appearance. Even the best business needs to worry about its initial “look.” For all companies, commercial window cleaning is a must.

The best window cleaners can reach virtually anywhere

If you have a tall or uniquely-shaped building, scrubbing your windows can be a challenge. That’s why the top commercial window cleaning teams are comprised of professional abseilers who can access virtually any point on the structure. Using safety lines, harnesses, and anchor points, such window cleaners are experts in working safely at heights, as well as trained window maintenance professionals. This means that every inch of your building can be perfectly polished. Not only is improved access a bonus, but cleaners who work in this way require less equipment. This means fewer interruptions to your business and a more unobtrusive process.

High rise window cleaning can be dangerous. Choose a contractor who prioritises safety

Cleaning the exterior windows on a high rise building is undoubtedly a task which involves an element of risk. This is why it is vital to select window cleaners who put safety as their top priority. Abseilers United has a superlative track record of safety, with a commitment to consistently pursue the most advanced and trusted methods of safe work at heights. In fact, we’re not only Sydney’s leading commercial window cleaners, we also offer a vast range of other services. This speaks to our extensive experience of height safety with regards to building maintenance, licensed trades, and much more. And, of course, we are fully insured for your peace of mind.

Commercial window cleaning is not a quick job

When you schedule window cleaning for your business, it’s important to realise that this can be a somewhat exhaustive job, depending upon your property’s needs. High rise buildings will be cleaned with precision and care, but the process takes a bit of time. It might surprise you to learn that cleaning the windows of some of New York City’s most dramatic skyscrapers can take more than a month! However, it’s good to remember that using abseilers tends to be a more efficient process overall than traditional window maintenance methods.

Clean windows boost employee morale

Lastly, keeping your business windows shining and clear is beneficial to your employees themselves. Spotless windows give your employees a better outlook on their day and on the task at hand. Scientific studies also show that exposure to natural light can have tremendous effects on wellbeing and productivity. In short, clean windows can lead to a more efficient, happy staff—-something which every business strives for.

If you think it is time for clean business windows, please contact us, we will be happy to help.

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Rope Access Building Inspections

Height Safety Installation for Your Business

How safe is your business or job site? If you have staff members working at Heights or in places where a fall greater than 5 meters is possible, the law requires that you have proper height safety systems place to guard against these concerns. A comprehensive safety program will include elements such as a fall arrest system (with safety lines, track systems, and anchor points), handrails and guardrails, and appropriately safe ladders and other equipment/spaces.  Businesses and organisations across a wide range of Industries will need to invest time and resources in applying the right height safety systems for their particular business. Is it a big job? Yes, but we can help by completing a compliant height safety installation for your business.

Step 1: Site Safety Audit

Abseilers United can handle your entire safety at heights network. Step 1 in working towards providing your business with a completed height safety installation involves a thorough, detailed height safety audit. During this session, we will examine the entirety of your workspace and associated equipment/procedures. We do this for existing building spaces as well as in-progress work sites. The safety audit assesses your risks and present management of said risks and looks at how well you’re currently adhering to height safety standards and regulations. This includes such things as current inspection and documentation for equipment, compliance with industry best practices and WorkCover, and technical issues (ie. will a structure be able to support a proposed load?). Following this audit, we will write up our observations and findings and create a report with our suggested plan for a compliant height safety installation.

Step 2: Height Safety Installation

 Next, we can handle the total height safety installation. Whatever your purposes are for height safety, we can supply and install the highest quality tools and equipment to get the job done—and keep your workers safe. At Abseilers United, our team knows height safety inside and out, and we’ve developed the precise knowledge to find the exact solutions for your business. From construction to maintenance, you can depend on us to deliver a long-term height safety plan that doesn’t just solve your current demands, but assists your business for years to come, if necessary. Expertly installing track systems, anchor points, guardrails and more, we develop systems that truly fit your goals.

Step 3: Maintenance and Upgrades

Finally, a solid height safety plan and system is dependent upon regular, professional maintenance. Everyday wear and tear takes its toll on safety lines and anchor points, as human body weight is reigned in repeatedly over time. Exposure to the elements will also weaken these tools. Such equipment will need to be replaced on a regular schedule and inspected frequently to determine the current condition. Not only do items need upgrading, but improved functionality and enhanced design methods continue to push the height safety gear industry ever forward. Your business deserves the best and we’ll keep you outfitted in exactly that. Abseilers United can perform expert maintenance for your fall arrest systems and other height safety equipment. This ensures you’re keeping in step with all current regulations and are consistently promoting a safe, secure work environment for all.

Ready to get a premier height safety system in place? Call our team today for more details.

 

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Rope Access Building Inspections

To run a safe, effective, and stable business, you need to be sure that the place in which you do business is up to standard. Regular building inspections ensure this very thing, assessing your property on a variety of factors. If you’re in the construction or property development industry, you’ll also need such inspections on your new builds. Trustworthy safety and structural inspections should always be left to a trained professional. Taking your inspections to the next level, however, can save you time and money. Have you considered industrial rope access for your building inspections? Read on to discover why rope access building inspections are an excellent option for today’s modern business.

Why Use Rope Access Technicians for Building Inspections?

Performing building facade inspections and the like is a complex process that involves a meticulous study of a building or structure. When faced with inspecting a high rise building or other sizeable property, the clear answer is industrial rope access.

Using rope access technicians supplies swift and accurate inspections of your building, dam,  bridge, antenna, or other structure, including even the most tough-to-reach places. This provides exceptional detail on every aspect of your structure that needs attention, enabling you to more quickly attend to issues which need a fast response. This is augmented through our use of photographic and video equipment to generate the most accurate possible records.

Our staff is comprised of skilled tradesman who, when necessary, can be on site to assist with specific tasks. This includes electricians, plumbers, stonemasons, pest control professionals, painters, and experts in other licensed trades. It can provide excellent peace of mind to know that not only can our team perform the required building inspections, but we’re at hand to supply expert solutions as well.

Rope Access for the “Hidden” Concerns

A building facade inspection can reveal issues which need repair or alteration, but it can be those “unseen concerns” which present a greater threat to a building. During a structural inspection, our abseiling team comes at your building from every angle. This means top to bottom, inside and out. It’s our access to these challenging areas (like the uppermost reaches of a building or the tight interior spaces) that provides us with insight that could make a massive difference to your business.

While inspecting the roofing and interior portions of your building (through safe, expert rope access techniques) we are able to see major structural issues that could spell bad news in the future. This includes problems with ventilation shafts, structural defaults that compromise a building’s durability, or cracks and sealing issues which render the building no longer waterproof.

After all completed rope access building inspections, Abseilers United provide a detailed report outlining every item which needs attention.

Rope Access for Building Defects Rectification

If your business handles construction, you will be mindful of your rectification period—that contractual period during which you are able to make adjustments to fix any defects or omissions from the construction process. Rope access building inspections can be a huge help to you here. In much the same way as a traditional building inspection, we can painstakingly go over your structure to identify the defects or concerns. As it is most often the contractor’s responsibility to rectify defects, you will want to be certain you’re approaching this period with care and precision. Our licensed tradesmen are equipped and ready to complete the necessary repairs and work, whether at heights, in confined spaces or on any other area of your building that requires it.

Is it time for your building or other structure to be inspected? Give the reliable rope access technicians at Abseilers United a call today.

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