Abseiling! We always thought this specialism was better suited to sub-contractors as it is so skilled and difficult / expensive to bring in-house.
But with the number of abseiling jobs increasing year on year, we made the decision to train our own team of abseilers. So led by Rafal Brymer (Head of the Bird Division) our brave bird technicians, Marcin Stolarek and James Craig started their training. The intensive training took 5 full days and a 120 hours on the ropes.
We spoke to Marcin about his new skill:
How long was the training for?
I spent 5 full days on the training, both theory and practical. I spent round 120 hours on the ropes.
Do you get scared?
Sometimes and I am not scared of heights. If you are afraid of heights then it is a very scary job.
What do you find most difficult?
The job requires a lot of physical strength as you can see by the pictures. I don’t have to go to the gym anymore though.
What do you like the most about abseiling?
Hanging on the ropes 30 m above the ground and looking from the down.
So far our team have carried out a number of abseiling jobs. Our largest, most complicated abseiling job was for a hospital in Surrey. The hospital was undergoing re- cladding which meant that the old bird wire needed to be replaced in order to manage the local pigeon population. In total the team spent 240 hours on the work.