The Break Fast Show #55

In today’s show: The Sirius Group invests in a Kobelco excavator fleet; electric Volvo excavators take to the Californian desert; there is a new demolition opportunity in the West Midlands; and there is a stark reminder of the scale of the mental health problem facing the UK construction sector.

All that and more in The Break Fast Show.

You can find a full set of extended show notes here:

Display stands as stark reminder

454 hard hats have been laid out at a building college to represent the number of construction workers who die from suicide each year.

The exhibition was organised by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, for National Mental Health Awareness Week that is taking place as we speak.

The vast collection of hard hats was displayed at the Leeds College of Building to visualise the scale of the suicide problem within the construction industry.

Shockingly, male construction workers are three times more likely to take their own lives than the average UK man, with almost nine tragedies a week.

As part of its campaign, IronmongeryDirect has partnered with the mental health charity, Mind, and donated £5,000 to support its crucial services.

Furthermore, 100 of the hard hats from the display have been donated to the Leeds College of Building to hand out to its students.

New star of the big screen

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE – MB Crusher goes large with latest Shafts Screener.

Italian attachment specialist MB Crusher has extended its range of Shafts Screeners to include its biggest, strongest and toughest model to date: The MB-HDS523.

Suitable for excavators from 30 to 45 tonnes, the new attachment is aimed specifically at applications requiring optimum durability and productivity, such as quarries.

You can read more about this exciting new product here. Better still, check out the exclusive new video below:

The Break Fast Show #54

In today’s show: Kobelco takes the wraps off a pair of next-generation giants; MB Crusher storms back with its biggest Shafts Screener to date; there is a new demolition project up for grabs in Smethwick; and we take the first steps with a new Hyundai HX520Al 50 tonne excavator. All that, PLUS some special deals on rugged mobile devices, in The Break Fast Show.

You can find a full set of extended show notes for today’s show here.

The Break Fast Show #53

In today’s show: Dykon fells Texan flyover in spectacular style; a small portion of Slough is facing demolition ahead of a near £4.0 million mixed-use development scheme; and the prosecution of a Blackpool company provides yet another reminder of the dangers of working at height.

And working at height safety breaches is also the subject of this bonus article from today’s This Week in Demolition email newsletter:

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Flyover felled

A controlled explosive demolition has brought down part of a flyover above the I-35 Northbound in Austin, Texas.

The controlled blast was carried out under the direction of TXDOT. DemolitionNews understands that the demolition was carried out by the team at Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp. The company is expected to follow up with a further blast on Saturday.

The Weekend Wrap #4

Work at height safety breaches are on the rise. A British company makes a big bang Down Under. And Bobcat, Kubota and Mecalac unveil new products. All that and more in our roundup of the demolition and construction industry’s hottest from the past week – The Weekend Wrap

The Break Fast Show #52

In today’s show: Mammoet carries out a big lift at Hong Kong airport; Kubota unveils its new micro machines; and Cumbria City Council is seeking a team of bridge busters. All this and more in The Break Fast Show.

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The Break Fast Show #51

In today’s show: COVID-19 impacts upon Keltbray’s profitability; there’s another demolition opportunity in Walton on Thames; Kings Heath Demolition commits to Doosan excavators; and we get up close and personal with some truly original equipment from Mecalac.

Kings Heath doubles down on Doosan

Redditch-based Kings Heath Demolition Ltd has purchased a number of new Doosan mini and crawler excavators.

The company has taken delivery of its first three mini-excavators as part of the order. That order – placed with local Dosan dealer Murley Construction – also includes three of the larger Doosan DX225LC-5 22 tonners, adding to Kings Heath Demolition’s existing DX140LC-5 and DX225LC-5 units.

Tony Nicholls, Senior Contracts Manager at Kings Heath Demolition, said: “With the new Doosan DX17Z, DX27Z and DX63-3, we are adding mini-excavators to our fleet for the first time. These machines meet the increasing demand in the market for indoor demolition and refurbishment work, involving work in confined spaces and basements.

We are beginning to see an uptick in this type of project, including the conversion of existing multi-storey office buildings into new apartments in urban locations and the new Doosan mini-excavators are perfect for this type of work.”