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

Excavator falls off trailer…

Hitachi EX1200 in Brown and Mason colours toppled during transportation. A local newspaper in the Midlands is reporting that a large machine has fallen from a trailer after it hit a traffic light at a roundabout in Stafford. The machine is sporting Brown and Mason stickers and appears to be the company’s Hitachi EX1200 machine….Read moreRead more

Two fined over Camden blast death…

Worker killed when fuel storage tank exploded. Materials Movement Ltd and P J Labour Services Ltd have been fined after a worker was killed in an explosion at a demolition site. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 16 March 2017, 54-year-old Stephen Hampton, working at a site on Swains Lane in Camden, London, was killed…Read moreRead more

Structural failure behind Reading collapse…

HSE issues interim findings as investigation continues. A structural failure caused scaffolding to collapse and fall into a Reading street, injuring three in August last year. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is still investigating the incident on August 1 last year, but has revealed part of the old building being demolished failed, which caused…Read moreRead more

Comment – Consistently inconsistent…

Fine handed down after site fatality highlights fickle nature of legal system. It is just 48 hours since I – like so many before me – labelled the law an ass. But with uncustomary haste, the legal profession has today proved itself so be so much worse than that. With a single ruling, it has…Read moreRead more

McGee slapped with fatality fine…

Demolition firm fined almost six years after fatal accident. McGee Group has been fined half a million pounds after a father-of-two was killed when a reinforced concrete slab collapsed underneath him during a London demolition project. Southwark Crown Court heard that on 14 April 2014, 33-year-old labourer Dainius Rupsys from Lithuania was working with an…Read moreRead more

Comment – So what IS the answer..?

The UK demolition industry has reached a crossroads. An industry friend and sparring partner has recently read my somewhat controversial article “where’s your fury” in which I lambasted the wider demolition industry for its ongoing failure to address accidents and curtail fatalities. Having read the article in question, that friend asked me – simply –…Read moreRead more

Fatal accident at Great Yarmouth…

One man kiled, another injured in “industrial accident”. Norfolk Police have confirmed that one man has died and another has been seriously injured following an industrial incident in Great Yarmouth. Emergency services, including fire and rescue and the air ambulance, were called to the outer harbour site on South Beach Parade yesterday at about 10.50am….Read moreRead more

Brayton Point blaze…

“…fires can be a common occurrence during demolitions..” Fire crews are tackling a blaze at the former Brayton Point power plant in Massachusetts which was the subject of a controlled implosion back in April of this year. According to local TV news stations, this is actually the fourth such blaze to occur at the site…Read moreRead more

Redcar victims named…

Families pay tribute to beloved grandfathers killed in demolition accident. Police have named the two men who tragically died in an explosion at the former SSI site in Redcar. John Mackay, 49, and Tommy Williams, 65, died in an incident at the South Bank site on September 19. IT is understood that Tommy Williams was…Read moreRead more