Exclusive – UN gets its man…

US demolition engineer lands vital UN role in Haiti

First we brought you news that industry veteran David Sinclair had been named United Nations Demolition Engineer charged with drawing up a demolition master-plan for earthquake torn Haiti. Then we exclusively revealed that Sinclair and his team were seeking a junior demolition engineer to be “in country” for a three-month period while that master-plan was implemented. And now we can exclusively reveal that a letter of intent has been sent, signed and returned between the UN and US-based demolition engineer Rick Wilson.

We are particularly pleased with this appointment here at Demolition News Towers. Not only is Rick a regular reader of (and correspondent with) DemolitionNews, he says that he first became aware of this potentially life-changing vacancy in these very pages.

It is also a feather in the cap of the Institute of Demolition Engineers: David Sinclair is a Fellow of the IDE; and Rick Wilson recently became one of the first Stateside members attracted by President John Woodward’s internationally-inclusive approach.

Wilson is scheduled to report for duty at Port au Prince on or about 12 September to take up what is likely to be an extremely challenging role and is currently packing his bags and booking his flights. But we managed to catch a very quick word with him:

“There is no question that this is an extremely challenging role. But it is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use all my experience to help the people of Haiti at this time,” he says. “I am extremely grateful to the UN, David Sinclair and the IDE for the confidence they have shown in me. And I am indebted to DemolitionNews for alerting me to this incredible opportunity. I hope to make them all proud.”