The Break Fast Show #720

In today’s show: Volvo has unveiled its latest generation wheel loaders. But do you judge them to be Hot or Not? Liebherr raises the bar for oil rig demolition; why Hyundai is crushing it; and we take a look around the monster Cat 988 wheel loader.

PLUS we will be heading back to Intermat 2024 to find out all about the Open-S Alliance.

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Rising to the challenge

Anyone that has followed DemolitionNews for any length of time will know that we have been calling for a new approach to demolishing and dismantling offshore oil and gas rigs.

It has long been our contention that, while traditional excavators and high reach machines are fine for traditional buildings, the very specific demands of these industrial giants demands a rethink.

Well, it appears that rethink has taken place. Excavator giant and industry innovator Liebherr has just released a new video showing the solution it created for Norwegian company Bertelsen & Garpestad.

The company is using a Liebherr LH 110 C High Rise Industry material handling machine to dismantle a wide variety of steel beams and pipes from the Gyda platform safely, efficiently and sustainably.

The Break Fast Show #719

In today’s show: There’s a new tilty in town. But is it Hot or Not? Could this excavator be the star of Hillhead 2024? We’re heading back to Intermat 2024 to check out the show’s biggest excavator; and we are gazing into our crystal ball for a glimpse at the future of mining.

PLUS we are walking and talking about buildings that are built to last; and those that aren’t.

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The Break Fast Show #718

In today’s show: We’re making the CASE for electric machines; preparing a Miami race track for the arrival of Formula 1; the benefits of Caterpillar rebuilds; and we’re getting salty in Romania.

PLUS we are popping back to Intermat 2024 to check out the biggest truck at the show.

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3,000 days

On 23 February 2016, the boiler house at the Didcot A Power Station collapsed prematurely during a delicate demolition process. The unplanned collapse cost the lives of four men.

That incident happened in an instant. Those four lives were cut tragically short in the blink of an eye. In a matter of seconds, the potential dangers of working within the demolition industry became very, very real.

But if those few seconds were tragic, the hours, days, weeks, months and years that have followed have been beyond cruel.

Tomorrow marks the 3,000th day since that terrible incident.

3,000 days in which four families have mourned the unnecessary loss of a loved one.

3,000 days in which the industry has waited for an explanation.

3,000 days in which the Thames Valley Police has supposedly been investigating while producing not a single finding.

3,000 days in which the Health and Safety Executive has moved not one inch closer to a prosecution or a conclusion.

3,000 days in which the Criminal Prosecution Service has been asleep at the wheel.

3,000 days in which consecutive governments have failed the deceased and the bereaved families.

What the investigating authorities have been doing these past 3,000 days I cannot explain. How the industry has retained any faith in or connection with those investigating authorities I cannot begin to understand. How the families of those four men have endured those 3,000 days I cannot even imagine.

But, 3,000 days have elapsed since the worst demolition accident in living memory. And we are still watching and waiting.

Each of those 3,000 days has inflicted a fresh wound upon the bereaved families. Every subsequent day only deepens those wounds.

3,000 cruel and painful days. 3,000 awful, awful days.   

The Break Fast Show #717

In today’s show: Meet the mighty Skogger; Rango Unchained with Volvo Construction Equipment; a rainy footbridge removal; and what goes into the making of a massive Komatsu mining truck?

PLUS is this Bobcat telescopic handler a glimpse of the future?

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The Break Fast Show #716

In today’s show: Taking control of X Power wheel loaders with Liebherr; JCB’s flexes its military muscle; Epiroc is picking up good vibrations; and THIS is how you inspire the next generation.

PLUS you can join us for a stroll around Kobelco’s stand at Intermat 2024.

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Komatsu takes Paris by storm

It takes a lot to stand out among 1,000+ exhibitors. But Komatsu Europe did precisely that at the Intermat 2024 exhibition with a display that included the large, the small and all points in between.

The Break Fast Show #715

In today’s show: Is this the world’s toughest backhoe loader? Bridges blasted our of existence; Hillhead gets its game face on; and Hitachi wheels into Norfolk.

PLUS we will walk you through the highlights of Komatsu’s phenomenal Intermat stand.

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The Break Fast Show #714

In today’s show: Kubota’s new line of compact wheel loaders – Are they Hot or Not? How Wacker Neuson is tackling an environmentally-sensitive project in the heart of Munich; John Deere is never idle; and Takeuchi and the importance of Genuine Parts.

PLUS we have an exclusive interview with the man behind a hugely successful Intermat 2024.

Yes, it is Bank Holiday Monday. But the demolition industry does not stand still and neither do we.

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