News Sponsored by Kia Oval bowled over by roof clean

Stadium Support Services (SSS) was recently awarded a competitive contract at the Kia Oval.

The contract saw the company carry out critical cleaning and painting works on the supporting steel structure of the stadium’s main grandstand roof, utilising the expertise of its Rope Access Division.

Due to the team being prohibited to drive plant onto the outfield, SSS deployed a number of IRATA-trained Rope Access technicians to ensure they could reach all the necessary structural steels. Over the course of four weeks, the treatment included the removal of bird spikes, surface preparation and a deep clean of all steelwork and roofing sheets.

Scott Hudson, Operations Director at SSS, commented: “Stadium Support Services was proud to work with such an iconic British sporting venue and was pleased to contribute

to the improved fan experience at the grounds on our way to winning the World Cup for the first time.”

The project saw over 300 hours of cleaning, 450 hours of maintenance and 350 hours of rust treatment and painting to help get the venue ready in time for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Dermot Reid, Facilities Manager for Kia Oval, remarked: “The team at Stadium Support Services have done a fantastic job and I have received numerous compliments about how flexible and considerate they were in their work and approach from all the team here at the Oval.”

When they’re not working in the sporting arena, SSS carry out maintenance and cleaning services for large buildings such as office blocks and heritage sites throughout the UK. Their Rope Access Division allows them to provide a full ‘top-to-bottom’ approach to cleaning, something that most other competitors are unable to offer.

Stadium Support Services’ commitment to growing this wing of the business is evidently paying off, as a growing number of companies realise the benefits of using rope access for a plethora of jobs. These include working at height consultation, construction services, rescue and safety, maintenance, event rigging, pest control, cleaning, painting and surveys.

Rope access is a proven method of safely and cost effectively accessing those hard to reach areas for all types of large and unique buildings, a method that SSS are proud to include in its broad portfolio of services. Dealing with drunken wasps

During the school summer holiday, children and the elderly are at risk from wasps on the hunt for a serious sugar hit.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is urging businesses and families alike to take action now to prevent sting incidents by publishing an online ‘Worried About Wasps’ guide – complete with video.

Natalie Bungay, Technical Officer at BPCA, said: “Homes and businesses can be affected by a wasp outbreak, particularly as people head outside for the summer season. Towards late August and going into September is the time when we can start to see drunken wasps, desperate for a sugar fix.

“This happens when the queen stops producing eggs and the workforce has nothing to do other than look for fermented fruits and sugars. Wasps quickly get inebriated and this is typically when you can expect them to be more aggressive and likely to sting.”

The guide and video offer advice on tackling problems with wasps, including what to do if a nearby nest – which could house up to 5,000 wasps – is causing a nuisance.

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Natalie continued: “Our advice is to encourage homes and businesses to dispose of rubbish properly, especially food with a high sugar content. It should be securely contained in a bag and disposed of in a clean container.”

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