Clifton Cathedral

Client: William Anelay Ltd

Location: Clifton, Bristol

Project Manager: Alex Laughlan

Site Supervisor: Andy Tilbury

Project Overview – Smiths Asbestos Removal were sub-contracted by William Anelay Ltd to carry out the works on the roof of Clifton Cathedral. The Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) that needed to be removed was located in 500mm strips to the roof ridges under the layer of roofing lead.

Scope of Work – The client provided full fixed scaffolding to access the sloped roof pitch. Access up to the roof level was via a Haki staircase onto an access platform across the roof to the work area fully contained within safety hand rails and deck boards. An electric hoist was fitted for transporting goods to the work area and waste from the roof area.

An asbestos enclosure was constructed under fully controlled conditions inside the scaffold tunnel following the route along the roof where the AIB was situated. It was a fully licenced asbestos removal operation under the current CAR 2012 Asbestos Regulations. The enclosure comprised three 1500 NPU Air Mover machines, two 3-Stafe Air Locks and two 3-Stafe Bag-locks.

The operatives worked in harnesses with fixed lanyards attached to the scaffold line for safety precautions as you could not see the natural horizon/ skyline when in the pitch slope causing the possible risk of vertigo, disorientation or loss of balance.

The client and HSE inspector were both satisfied that Smiths Asbestos Removal team carried out the works to a safe and competent standard.


26th October 2015


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