First and foremost we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
The year 2018 will see the Company achieve its 69th year in business. Whilst predominantly being a leading name in the industrial chimney and steeplejack industry since 1949, the Company is now looking to diversify in to other sectors of the service industry which are closely linked to the services we have provided throughout our history.
Since its formation the Company has consistently carried out lightning protection work but in 2017 Rafferty’s recruited key employees to bolster this sector of our business, most notably, employing Steve Jacques who has 22 years’ experience in the industry. Steve gained his experience working for arguably the biggest Lightning Protection company in the UK and he has been tasked to head up our lightning protection services department. With the addition of Steve and several others, Rafferty’s can offer our clients a full comprehensive service whatever their requirements are in relation to lightning protection. For further information about our lightning protection services please feel free to contact us or have a browse the lightning protection services section on our website.
Specialist Access Services
Our vast experience and specialised methods of working at height on industrial chimneys can be adapted to almost any type of high level structure. We are now offering a multitude of services in high level inspection, maintenance and installation for industrial or commercial structures. To view our full range of services in this respect, please feel free to browse the specialist access services section on our website and contract us for any enquiries.
The key to the success of our Company during its 69 year history is repeat business and we have achieved this by providing our clients with a personal and quality service which is second to none. The Company has always been (and still is) a family run business and this ethos is engrained throughout the Company and will continue to apply to all services we are now proud to offer.
ATLAS, the UK’s governing body for the steeplejack & lightning protection industry, have launched an Inspect & Protect campaign to raise quality standards for the testing and inspection of lightning protection systems. This campaign has been implemented due to the increasing number of companies who are not qualified or competent to undertake this specialist work. You can read the full article here http://www.atlas.org.uk/inspect-protect.asp
As longstanding members of ATLAS, a client can have complete confidence when employing Rafferty’s for this specialist work.
Rafferty’s have recently carried out a major site lightning protection upgrade and refurbishment for a valued client in West Yorkshire.
Following a site specific lightning protection risk assessment, the lightning protection system was upgraded to Level 1 of BS EN 62305 ‘Protection Against Lightning’, providing the highest form of protection available. The work consisted of installing an additional 85 No. earth points to the sites existing system to deliver the required level of protection.
This is just one of many retrofit projects that we are currently working on as clients become more aware of the benefits an up to date lightning protection system provides to their premises.
For more information about our lightning protection services please contact Steve Jacques
Rafferty’s have recently completed the installation of new aircraft warning lights on a 89m high steel chimney located directly opposite London City Airport.
Our team of steeplejacks are due to complete the installation of new aircraft warning lights on the sites other chimney over the upcoming weeks.
Rafferty’s have recently completed the demolition of a brick chimney for a valued client in the North West, UK.
The brick chimney stood 57m high above ground level and measured 7.4m in diameter at the base and 5m in diameter at the termination point, a colossal structure.
The bulk of the demolition was carried out by our hardworking team of steeplejacks in a piecemeal fashion, depositing all rubble down the inside of the chimney. Access was in the form of specialised modular frame scaffolding which was installed at the termination point of the chimney and is designed to be lowered in conjunction with the demolition. The bottom approximate 20m of the chimney was demolished using a high reach machine.
The contract was successfully completed without any safety incidents and ahead of schedule.
Our clients lead engineer for the project had this to say;
As always, I am very happy with the work that you and your guys have carried out, and a pleasure to have them on site.
Thanks once again to your senior team who work hard behind the scenes to make sure that all aspects of the job come together when they should, your company has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic on a job that has been very much in the spotlight.
Rafferty’s have recently completed a bespoke engineering project for a valued client in Devon, UK.
The scope consisted of the design, manufacture and installation of 2 No. stainless steel liners & associated ducting to suit their new operating conditions. The new liners were to be housed within the clients existing 35m high brick chimney, which is somewhat of a local landmark.
Before the new liners could be designed and manufactured, our engineering team carried out precise site measurements within the brick chimney and flue to ensure that the new liners and ducting would achieve the required height and connect perfectly with the new boiler & CHP ducting within the boiler house. Once this was completed the design and manufacture of the new liners and ducting was undertaken.
The site installation work of the new liners and associated ducting was carried out by a team of Rafferty’s specialised steeplejack operatives from mid-May to the early part of June during the clients planned shutdown period. The project was completed on time, on budget and to the complete satisfaction of our client.
Our client, Alison Kitchener – Business Project Manager, had this to say;
As part of our new CHP installation project we had to think carefully about how best to manage the resultant emissions from this and the new combination boiler. Our brick chimney stack is 35m tall and it was calculated that the new more efficient equipment would only produce emissions which would reach about 20m before condensing. We therefore had to consider whether to install new stacks, take 15m off the top of the chimney (which would have looked odd) or install new flues which would be narrower but would allow us to continue to utilise this important town landmark. As Rafferty’s have maintained the stack for so many years, they were the obvious choice to assist us with our decision making – the result of which was the installation of 2 new flues.
We were really pleased with how Rafferty’s worked alongside ourselves and our CHP contractors as space was limited and we had to accommodate various cranes as well as the flues etc. whilst continuing to operate and move fabric around this area. Some of our meeting rooms look onto the works and I know a few meetings were paused as the spectacle of the flues being lifted above and down into the chimney were observed. We were fortunate with the weather overall so the work was completed by the required date allowing the rest of the CHP installation project to progress as planned. Thanks to Matt Rafferty, Carl Woodroffe, Steve Moulton and his team for all of their efforts with this project which ensures the continued use of the chimney for many more years to come.