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Steeplejacks Traditional Craftsmen
Thriving in the 21st Century
When you think of a steeplejack, what do you picture?
If you envision black and white photographs of men in
flat caps scaling chimneys or church steeples without
safety harnesses, then the reality of the 21st century
steeplejack may quite surprise you. The Association of
Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS) is
currently celebrating its 75th anniversary year, and this
provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how traditional access methods have evolved into the present day.
Modern steeplejacks do not operate within the confines
of one access method – the ladder – they use every trick
in the book to offer the best solution to their clients. Be
that rope access, industrial drones, designed modular scaffolding, mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) or a
bosun’s seat, you can be assured that the steeplejack has
consulted the hierarchy of control to offer the access
method which is the safest, and most appropriate and
cost-effective for the work involved.
Not only do modern steeplejacks employ a diverse range
of access methods, but they also offer a variety of services,
making them a “one-stop-shop” for all your specialist
work at height needs. From cladding to pointing, and
roofing to lightning protection, the 21st century steeplejack is the ultimate steeplejack of all trades. Simplify your
maintenance works now and consult a steeplejack for an
unbiased, end-to-end, hassle-free process. The benefits
of using a comprehensive service include limiting the
number of contractors on site, minimising the potential
for logistical issues, minimising the potential for safety
issues and saving both time and money.
Image courtesy of Proteq (Northern)
ATLAS was established in 1946 and is the trade
association for steeplejacks and lightning conductor
engineers in the UK. ATLAS steeplejacks take the multidisciplined skill set of a steeplejack to the next level, by
assuring clients of both quality service and workmanship.
Contractor members undergo a stringent application
process in order to enter into ATLAS membership, and
are then audited annually to ensure continuing compliance with a strict set of criteria. Choosing an ATLAS
member assures you of:
• High standards of competence and workmanship
• Financial stability
• Compliance with the relevant legislation and standards
• A commitment to health, safety and training.
When you choose an ATLAS steeplejack, you are not
dealing with an independent contractor alone. You are
welcome to liaise with ATLAS in the unlikely event of
needing to get any issues resolved - giving you added
peace of mind. ATLAS also loves to hear from satisfied
clients on the work its steeplejacks have undertaken.
ATLAS steeplejacks work on ecclesiastical buildings and
heritage structures across the UK and abroad. A poster
has been created to demonstrate a sample of access
methods and services available at these sites, which can
be ordered from the ATLAS website. Next time you are
choosing a specialist contractor for all your work at height
needs, don’t just choose a steeplejack, choose an ATLAS
Find an ATLAS member:
atlas.org.uk - email@example.com - 0844 249 0026