Rapid response averts Anglian fire…

Blaze on Stowmarket site thought to be arson. Over the past 24 hours, we have received a number of copies of a photo showing a fire on a demolition site. Although the photo itself is less than clear, we have discovered that the fire involved a site operated by Anglian Demolition. DemolitionNews contacted company managing…Read moreRead more

Three fined over demolition death

“Inadequate planning and inadequate safety provision” cited in demolition death prosecution. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how David Shayler, an employee of Ryde Demolition Limited, was removing roof timbers by hand with a colleague, when a gable wall partially collapsed causing him to fall backwards striking his head against a stack of roof tiles. An investigation…Read moreRead more

Comment – Neither fish nor fowl

They are not hurt directly so their plight often goes unnoticed. But make no mistake. Accidents can have more than one victim. True story. Some years ago, someone I know was on their way to work in London. There had been torrential rain overnight, and the train station through which he was hurrying was puddled…Read moreRead more

Man killed in Tottenham collapse

A man died when a building partially collapsed during demolition, London Fire Brigade has said. Firefighters were called after the collapse of a wall and reinforced concrete roof at a two-storey building which was being demolished in Tottenham, north London, on Tuesday afternoon. A site worker was trapped under the rubble and was pronounced dead…Read moreRead more

Demolition worker fights for life

Shannon Brasier struck by digger while at work in Essex. A young demolition worker is fighting for life after she was hit in the head by a JCB while at work. The Evening Standard is reporting that Shannon Brasier, 20, from Dagenham, has a brain injury, severe damage to her facial bones, a broken back…Read moreRead more

Hard Rock recovery underway…

Demolition of New Orleans’ Hard Rock hotel commences. A little over nine months after the Hard Rock hotel construction site partially collapsed in the New Orleans French Quarter a move to remove the bodies of two of the men who perished in the collapse has finally gained steam. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said…Read moreRead more

Comment – When death is too familiar

Did you know that modern cruise ships have on board a temporary morgue? It is not advertised in the glossy brochures advertising 5-star dining on the ocean wave whilst journeying effortlessly to far-flung destinations. And it is located way below decks. But trust me, they do. It makes sense, I guess. Given the average age…Read moreRead more

Worker killed in Chattanooga collapse…

Incident claims life of demolition worker. James Lance, 51, was killed Tuesday morning, when a structure collapsed while being demolished. At approximately 11:07 a.m., Chattanooga Police along with Chattanooga Fire were dispatched to 1200 Judd Road on a report of a structure collapse. Police and fire personnel located Lance and confirmed him to be deceased…Read moreRead more

Demolition Daily #25

The latest episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream was produced to coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) and looks at the construction and demolition sector’s failure to eradicate industry accidents and fatalities.

Report reveals MEWP accident zones

Sites prove proportionally safer. Accidents while using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) are proportionally more likely when working in public areas or alongside roads than on controlled work sites such as construction sites, commercial or rental premises, according to the latest detailed safety analysis from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). IPAF’s Global MEWP Safety…Read moreRead more