Client: Borough of Poole
Description of Work: Electrical Rewire
Duration: 14th-18th April 2014
The clock was built back in 1939 in memorial of King George the 5th. This was a particularly challenging project due to the health and safety issues involved with the general maintenance of the clock’s electrics.
Wessex Electricals Ltd. was asked to renew the electrics inside the memorial clock tower, outside Poole’s Civic Centre.Ian Struijs, Wessex’s Health and Safety Advisor visited the site with our Contracts Manager Tony Holloway to assess the health and safety of the site. To enter the clock itself, you have to go through a small, confined space through the plaque at the base of the clock. Inside there is wooden staging for support with a 6ft drop to the floor. As well as the rewiring it was discovered that the wooden stage was rotting and needed replacing, which Wessex offered to replace.
The heat inside the clock also caused a problem as there was no air flow, so they had to work in 10 minute intervals to ensure they didn’t collapse from the heat! Our engineer was supported by two other Electricians to ensure help was on hand in should there have been an emergency, and radio communication was used as an extra safety measure. Toxic gas monitors were also used whilst working inside the clock to ensure extra safety.