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Jobs – Multiple vacancies at TDS…

Technical Demolition Services hits the recruitment trail HARD!

004As part of Technical Demolition Services Ltd continued expansion in the North West and wider UK demolition market, the company is looking to recruit key personnel in order to strengthen its office and site based activities.

Vacancies exist for the following:

• Contracts Director
• Estimator/Bid Manager
• Junior Marketing Assistant
• Contracts Managers
• Site Supervisors
• Machine Operators
• Asbestos Manager
• Asbestos Supervisor
• Asbestos Operatives (CAT 1)
• Demolition Operatives

Applicants must be experienced within the demolition industry and must hold all relevant training certification/cards.

Please email your CV to or post you details to Julie Hitchen, Technical Demolition Services Ltd, 17 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirral. CH41 6AX

Residents raise dust concerns…

GBM allays asbestos fears but dust concerns remain.

Concerns about asbestos at a demolition site in Hounslow have been allayed by a public watchdog.

Householders living beside Hounslow House, in London Road, were concerned the highly toxic material was present in dust covering their balconies and windowsills.

But the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told getwestlondon: “Asbestos present was removed under license prior to demolition commencing and was completed last year.”

The HSE had halted destruction at the site in July after the partial collapse of an office block sent rubble crashing into Hounslow bus garage next door.

But the watchdog allowed work to resume at the site a fortnight ago after more stringent safety measures were put in place by GBM UK, which is carrying out the work. The HSE is still investigating the cause of the collapse.

Despite the new safety measures, residents say there is still too little being done to prevent their properties being blanketed with dust from the site.

Bernard Zieja, who lives in Aces Court, overlooking the work, said there was so much dust people were reluctant to open their windows or use their balconies.

“I think that the dust protection measures undertaken by GBM UK are inadequate and we are not protected enough from the dust,” said the photographer.

“I think we should be separated from the demolition site by a tall scaffolding covered by protective curtains. I have seen this done in central London and I wonder why this is not being bone here in Hounslow.”

A spokeswoman for the HSE said complaints about dust were a matter for Hounslow Council, which has already warned GBM UK about carrying out noisy work outside permitted hours.

Read more here.

Video – Downwell brings out the big guns…

New excavators spearhead Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children works.

zaxisReaders of the last edition of the Demolition magazine – the thinking man’s industry publication – might recall that we visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children where Kent-based Downwell Demolition was in the initial stages of demolition works.

Well the job has moved on and, with the arrival of the company’s Volvo EC700B high reach excavator and new Hitachi Zaxis 470 unit (left), the works are really picking up pace.

To check out the progress, see the exclusive video below. And if you’d like to know more about the job, just click here and turn to Page 38.

Demolition go slow…

Works delayed by presence of tortoises.

The city of Davenport’s landmark water tower will be demolished by 12 December to make way for a 190-foot monopole, but first, a couple of cold-blooded residents must be relocated.

In accordance with the National Environmental Protection Act of 1996, the city was required to do an environmental assessment of the land that will be affected by the demolition of the water tower.

City Manager Amy Arrington said two burrows were found that appear to be gopher tortoise habitats, but it is unclear whether the burrows are active. One environmentalist said at least one of the burrows looked active.

At the City Commission meeting Monday night, commissioners decided to go with Cardno Entrix, an environmental consulting company, provided that the city attorney can get more information about liability coverage.

Fees for the capture and relocation of the tortoises are $6,825.

Because the mitigation of the tortoises was not written into the contract with the construction company demolishing the tower, the city will have to cover all costs.

Gopher tortoises are considered threatened and are protected by state law.

Read more here.

Video – Dive, dive dive!

Time-lapse captures demolition of submarine yard.

Buildings in the central yard of BAE Systems site in Barrow in Furness have begun to be demolished as part of the £300 million-plus redevelopment programme that will transform the way the company builds submarines.

The video is a result of over 100,000 images that were taken over 4 weeks by photographer, Mike Vallance.

Crews battle fire at GBM facility…

Early morning blaze at waste recycling plant.

Fire crews remain at the scene of a recycling waste unit in Louth where a blaze started in the early hours of this morning.

The fire was to a building containing cardboard at GBM Waste Demolition on Bolingbroke Road on Louth’s Fairfield Industrial Estate.

The building also contained a baler and various plant machinery.

Six fire engines from Louth, Binbrook, North Somercotes, and Grimsby Peakes Lane attended at 4.30 am this morning.

The blaze comes just over a month since GBM experienced an uncontrolled collapse at a site in Houslow, West London.

Video – Toledo stack falls short…

Reports suggest blast took just a bit too much off top 298 foot stack.

The first thought from several spectators after a demolition team took down most of the last smokestack at East Toledo’s old Acme power plant site Friday morning was that what remained was too short.

“I think they messed up, and took out way more than they wanted to,” said Bill Reece, an East Toledoan who watched the implosion from a field along Front Street, south of where the plant once stood.

Not exactly — nobody messed up, at least that’s what both officials from the city and the Oklahoma-based subcontractor that rigged and detonated the stack now say.

The implosion was within the tolerances established beforehand.

But the result, a city official conceded afterward, was not quite what had been hoped for.

“Unfortunately, we lost some of the height we wanted to maintain,” economic development director Bill Burkett said.

But the 75 feet or so that remains, he said, “will be stabilized at that height and we go from there.”

At 75 feet, it will be less than half the height that Lisa Ward, spokesman for Mayor D. Michael Collins’ administration, said it would become when initial plans were publicized in mid-June to demolish two other Acme stacks and shorten the biggest one.

Video – Inside Downtown Plaza demolition…

Soft demolition in action in Sacramento.

Our daily trawl through the endless channels of demolition video on YouTube has thrown up this intriguing look behind the scenes of the Downtown Plaza demolition in sunny Sacramento.

Check it out:

Video – All set for Toledo stack blast…

Dykon makes final checks ahead of Friday stack implosion.

Tomorrow morning (local time), an implosion of a remaining smokestack at Toledo’s marina district will bring it down to 100 feet.

It’s the final part of a project that brought two other smokestacks completely down in July.

The three smokestacks were part of the former Toledo Edison steam plant.

The journey to bring down the columns down started in 1997 when Toledo Edison offered the property to the city of Toledo.

Read more here, or view the video below:

Jobs – Ron Hull seeking machine operator…

Yorkshire contractor on the lookout for machine operator.

Ron Hull Demolition is once again on the recruitment trail; and this time the company is seeking an experienced and qualified demolition machine operator.

The ideal candidate will have a wealth of experience in the demolition industry and in particular operating excavators and will hold a CPCS or equivalent and a driving licence.

They will be able to work on their own initiative and conform to the current health and safety regulations. In return you will receive an excellent rate of pay as well as additional company benefits.

For full details of this exciting job opportunity, please click here.

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