Clearing icicles from the streets of Moscow

Growing up in Australia, icicles are something I’ve never had to deal with. But over in Russia they are deadly serious for anyone standing below when they fall.

Deadly looking icicles hang from the eaves

Getting up high to clear the ice away is a difficult job in the snow.

Some deadly looking icicles hang from the eaves

In Moscow I spotted a boom lift setup outside a six story high apartment building.

Clearing deadly icicles from the eaves of a Moscow apartment block

With a man at work in the bucket, smashing the ice away from the building eaves.

Clearing deadly icicles from the eaves of a Moscow apartment block

Footnote

Deaths from falling ice are not uncommon – in the winter of 2001 at least 74 people were struck by plummeting ice in Moscow, with at least one fatality.

During one week of 2010 in Saint Petersburg, 300 people were injured as they slipped on an icy sidewalk or were hurt by a falling icicles.

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