Cagilevu hangs off buildings for a living

Ledua Cagilevu’s job is not for the faint-of-heart. It is a job that requires nerves of steel as it involves dangling from the side of high-rise buildings. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Dangling over the side of a multi-storey building is not a job for the faint-of-heart.

But for Ledua Cagilevu, it is just another day at the “office.”

The Fiji Times caught up with the Fulaga, Lau native as he expertly rappelled the lofty exterior walls of the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva washing windows.

He said work at his façade-cleaning business – Interior, Exterior Cleaning and Maintenance – was a job that required nerves of steel.

“I have been in this line of work for two years while my nephew has been involved in this business for almost 10 years and each time we rappel down a building or work on the roof of a building, there is always that fear,” Mr Cagilevu said.

“But with time, we have come to accept that we need to overcome that fear in order to carry out our work because no one else will do it for us.”

He said he had three staff members but rappelling the sides of buildings was left to him and his nephew.

“It’s a very risky job and one mistake can lead to either severe injury or death, but I prefer ropes and rappelling ahead of scaffolding.”

Tanoa Plaza Hotel general manager Mere Rakoroi said they had sought Mr Cagilevu’s services in anticipation of borders reopening and travel restrictions being lifted soon.

“We have already started with cleaning all our hotel rooms, conference rooms, restaurant and dining areas,” she said.

“This is in line with what is to come and one of the things that we have done is making sure that the hotel appearances, both interior and exterior, are well maintained and ready to welcome everyone back.”

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