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    Video – Awesome bridge blast…

    Take six minutes out of your day and admire this stunning video.

    Every time I fire up the DemolitionNews video camera and point it at something here in the UK, I am reminded of just how much better the sky often looks in films from elsewhere in the world. Seriously, check out the sunset in the fantastic film below.

    At just over six minutes in length, this film from Dykon Blasting Corp in Oklahoma (where, as we all know, the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye) does take a while to get to the money shot but trust me, it’s worth sticking with it, particularly if you’re enamoured with the blaster’s art.

    dykon blasting corp

    Video – Hitachi’s brothel basher…

    Hitachi high reach demolishes “house of ill repute”.

    In a Utopian world, certain buildings would be exempt from demolition: pubs; decent restaurants; anything prominently flying a West Ham flag. In that demolition Nirvana, there would be lots of tax offices, double-glazing sales offices and call centres to keep demolition contractors busy and well fed.

    Although I am too old and far too married to frequent such establishments myself, I would like to think that so-called houses of ill repute would fall into the former category.

    So it is sad to report the demise of one such establishment in Auckland, New Zealand. Thankfully, that demolition – by Yakka Demolition – does provide us with another great video:

    Video – Too close for comfort…?

    Time-lapse captures demolition that seems remarkably close to open road.

    The problem with doing this job day in and day out is that, eventually, you begin to look at everything through a jaundiced eye; constantly seeking the negative when someone else (someone younger, perhaps) might see only positives.

    Here’s an example. A lovely looking time-lapse video (originating in Canada, we believe) that shows a pair of excavators in full flight. And maybe, just maybe, some fencing placed a few metres from the perimeter of the site might well constitute good and legal practice in Vancouver. But, having watched so many videos where concrete and steel has ended up spread across the road, I just can’t help think that there might have been a batter way:

    Austeville Demolition Cut from Austeville Properties on Vimeo.

    Video – Not what it says on the tin…

    The video is labelled Skanska, but it’s Armac machines to the fore.

    Our daily trawl through the dank and lonely depths of the Internet’s seemingly bottomless and inexhaustible reservoir of demolition videos has today thrown up this silent movie.

    According to the video’s title, this is a Skanska contract, and who are we to disagree. But there’s also no question that it is Armac Group excavators doing the work (aided and abetted by skips from Mick George).

    WCCTV Time Lapse: Skanska Demolition First 2 weeks from Wireless CCTV on Vimeo.

    Feds investigating spike in Detroit demolition costs…

    Subpoena calls for details of $100 million spend.

    At least two investigations into what caused Detroit demolition prices to skyrocket last year are still underway.

    Detroit Auditor General Mark Lockridge said the Special Inspector for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) submitted a subpoena Thursday requesting documentation from January 2014 to present related to the Detroit blight program.

    The subpoena calls for records of more than $100 million received from the Department of Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund.

    The Detroit Free Press first reported on the federal subpoena Sunday.

    The city has so far used the Hardest Hit money to demolish more than 7,700 abandoned homes deemed unsalvageable.

    Erica Ward Gerson, the chair of the Board for the Detroit Land Bank Authority, said she welcomes any investigation into the demolition process.

    Read more here.

    Prosecution not all that it appears…

    Prodem left carrying the can for third-party contractor.

    If you read the contents of the Health and Safety Executive bulletin relating to the “successful” prosecution of Prodem Demolition & Asbestos Ltd, it seems clear that the contractor was in breach of working at height regulations.

    But scratch the surface and the picture beneath is somewhat different. The HSE statement reads:

    The prosecution related to an investigation on 16 July 2015. Workers were found on a steep roof removing tiles from a domestic property without any form of equipment or protection to prevent them falling off the roof. The risks from such work are well known and should be controlled using simple but effective measures. They had planned to work from a basket of a mobile elevated work platform or cherry picker. However, the company did not follow their plan, putting the workers at significant risk of falling and risk of serious injury.

    What that fails to mention is that (a) there was a cherry picker on the site; (b) it was broken down, awaiting repair; (c) the workers that made their way onto the roof were not Prodem employees but were employed by a third party contractor; and (d) they refused to get down from the roof when challenged by the Prodem staff on site.

    That third-arty contractor has now vanished, leaving Prodem Demolition and Asbestos Limited with no choice but to plead guilty to Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, receive a fine of £6,000 and have an unbroken 18-year health and safety clean sheet irrevocably tarnished.

    You can read the full HSE statement here.

    Video – Nostaligia Corner; the return…

    I wonder why this process didn’t survive.

    A man in the back of a truck wearing nothing more than protective than a pair of wellies and a cloth cap. What could possibly go wrong>

    This video harks back to the 1960 when men were men and feet were regularly crushed under piles of concrete.

    Video – Hungarian soccer stadium falls…

    Stunning drone footage captures demolition of Ferenc Puskas Stadium.

    A soccer stadium named after one of the game’s greatest ever players is being demolished to make way for a new 68,000-seat capacity stadium of the same name.

    The original Puskas Ferenc Stadium in Budapest, Hungary is currently undergoing demolition. Its replacement is expected to open in 2019.

    Video – Montgomery surrenders to allied forces…

    Stubborn tower finally succumbs to high reach power.

    Montgomery House, the second of the two Seaforth tower blocks that withstood an explosive blast more than a week ago, is down.

    Having seen off the explosive crew and the team that tried to pull it own using cables, the tower finally fell to a joint venture between original contractor J. Bryan (Victoria), the high reach might of Technical Demolition Services, and the engineering know-how of C&D Consultancy.

    Although the tower came down a week later than planned, the demolition was injury-free:

    Video – Boiler goes bang…

    Second of three implosions marks another stage in Duke Energy plant renewal.

    On Sunday morning, Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp imploded another boiler unit at the retired coal-fired Duke Energy Sutton Plant in New Hanover County.

    The implosion is part of the company’s efforts to generate energy “using cleaner, more efficient sources in North Carolina,” according to a news release.

    The boiler was used for nearly 50 years to burn coal to produce steam, which was pushed toward the turbine and generator to produce electricity.

    The coal units were retired in 2013 after a more efficient natural gas-fired plant took over..

    Sunday’s implosion was the second in a series of three implosion events planned at the Sutton Plant. The final demolition event will be completed in the fall of 2016.

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