It would also be unacceptable for them to be asked to wear ear defenders for that length of time.' Asked why the work would take four years, Mr Jaggs said: 'You have to get everything right. It's very complex conservation work.'The tower's cracked masonry needs repairing and work needs to be done to prevent condensation which has led to rust in the belfry.
The clock's mechanical mechanism has never been properly serviced and will be taken apart for the first time, he said.
“Big Ben falling silent is a significant milestone in this crucial conservation project,” said Jaggs in a statement.
For more than 150 years, Big Ben has rung out reassuringly during times of war and peace.
Labour MP Steve Pound said: 'They kept the bells tolling through the Blitz.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #London #Europe #thisislondon #street #londonlife #londoncity #gb #londoner #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #lovelondon #lovegreatbritain #uk #unitedkingdom #britain #bigben #westminster #visitlondon #toplondonphoto #towerbridge #vsco #vscolondon #igerslondon #lovegreatbritain #britain A post shared by London | Travel community (@londoncityworld) on It’s been 30 years since the tower’s previous renovation, so the time has come to make the extensive repairs to the structure.But weighing in at 13.7 tons and measuring 7 feet 2 inches, Big Ben (the bell, not the tower) bongs at over 100 decibels, placing workers in danger of permanently damaging their hearing. Big Ben bongs near you, you’ll know it,” said the Trades Union Congress, which represents 5.6 million workers across the U. “At nearly 120 decibels, it’s like putting your ear next to a police siren.” Following this week’s announcement, a handful of high-ranking British officials — including Prime Minister Theresa May and Conservative cabinet minister David Davis — objected publicly to stopping the clock’s chimes.In order to protect the ears of the construction workers dispatched to carry out the four-year-long repairs from Big Ben’s deafening toll, the bell will chime one last time Monday, August 21st, falling silent until 2021. Upwards of 29 million British pounds (or million stateside).✨🇬🇧 Sunset 🇬🇧✨ 📷Stunning shot by @skude 😍 Mark your photo with tag #londoncityworld and we'll post it!
'Steve Jaggs, 53, who holds the title of Keeper of the Great Clock and leads a team of three mechanics who visit the tower three times a week to wind and oil it, told the Mail the reason for silencing the bongs was 'health and safety and duty of care'.