Team leaps into ac­tion on Big Ben

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

It is ar­guably one of the most fa­mous clocks in the world and a team of ex­perts tasked with ab­seil­ing down the Big Ben clock tower to give it a good scrub are from Ash­ford-based com­pany, Taskmas­ters.

The trained spe­cial­ists all live in the area and work for the UK’s lead­ing height safety and res­cue spe­cial­ist com­pany, based in Dover Place.

Wear­ing ear de­fend­ers to pro­tect against the chimes, the team spent four days, a day on each of the four clock­faces, on the 95.7 me­tre tower at the Palace of West­min­ster.

The clock was last cleaned in 2010 so as well as clean­ing the clock­faces, the tech­ni­cians car­ried out a pho­to­graphic sur­vey to check the di­als for dam­age.

Taskmas­ters have a train­ing cen­tre, one of the largest and well-equipped in the UK, teach­ing peo­ple to work at height, in res­cue sit­u­a­tions and con­fined spa­ces.

Each clock face is made up of 312 pieces of pot opal glass, held to­gether by a cast iron frame­work.

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