Giving for Redcar…

Buy a book. Better still, make a donation. It is the morning of Sunday 22 September. The news of the tragic accident at SSI Redcar is still raw, and the ensuing investigation has barely begun. But, in typically generous fashion, there are already moves within the industry to help raise funds for the families of…Read moreRead more

Comment – Where is your fury…?

Two more demolition workers killed. Now what? Profanity, it is said, is the last refuge of the truly ignorant. Well get ready because I am about to be as truly ignorant as it is possible to be. If you have an issue with bad language, stop now. So I find myself, yet again, reporting upon…Read moreRead more

Breaking News – Two killed at Redcar steelworks…

John F. Hunt “devastated” over double fatality. Two men have died after being injured in a fire on a former steelworks site in Redcar in the North East of England. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and all work on the site has been suspended. The victims are understood to have been working…Read moreRead more

Car park raises police fears

Police station evacuated amidst demolition of multi-storey car park. Local newspapers in Lancashire are reporting that an emergency evacuation has taken place of an East Lancashire police station – amid safety concerns for a four-storey car park. Contractors are said to have sounded the alarm over the condition of Pendle Rise in Nelson. And police…Read moreRead more

At least we’re not this bad…

India sees the UK’s three scaffold collapses and raises them. Amidst all the hand-wringing that followed a week in which three separate UK demolition contractors dropped three separate piles of scaffold onto three separate UK streets, good ol’ Blighty can at least take some solace from the fact that we’re not quite as bad as…Read moreRead more

Reading Collapse – Preliminary Report

This is NOT our usual content. Please take the time to read it. Regular readers will know that one of our greatest sources of frustration and annoyance is the time it takes to investigate an accident and to then publish the findings of that investigation. So, wWhile the dust was still settling at the Reading…Read moreRead more

NFDC reacts to scaffold scandal…

Federation issues “Statement of Awareness” following triple scaffold collapse. The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has issued a Statement of Awareness via its website regarding an incident on a demolition site in Reading on Thursday 1st August in which three people were injured. The main demolition contractor (NFDC member McGee) released a comment confirming…Read moreRead more

Third scaffold collapse…

Industry must surely act after third scaffold collapse in under a week. First Reading, then Nuneaton. And now we are receiving reports of a third demolition scaffold collapse in under a week; this time in Liverpool. Works on an inner city demolition project appeared to have halted after a large section of scaffolding buckled in…Read moreRead more

Cawarden’s Co-op collapse…

UK demolition industry rocked by second unplanned collapse in a week. The dust has barely settled in Reading after the major scaffold collapse last week; and already there has been another high profile incident, this time involving Cawarden Demolition and a former Co-op retail outlet in Nuneaton. Emergency services were sent to Nuneaton town centre…Read moreRead more

Reading repercussions begin…

Unite union calls for full investigation into accident that injured three. In the immediate aftermath of last week’s major scaffold collapse in Reading, the demolition industry rumour mill switched ito hyperdrive. The names of various demolition contractors were bandied about as the main contractor on the site, and even more reasons for the collapse were…Read moreRead more