Firm fined over glass injury…

Loss assessor suffers laceration to Achilles tendon. G O’Brien & Sons (Nationwide Demolition Contractors) Limited has been fined after a nearby worker was seriously injured on a demolition site in Durham. Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard that on 22 February 2018 the company was demolishing two semi-detached properties as part of a project to renovate…Read moreRead more

Breaking News – Chinese stadium collapse

News reports suggest that three people have been killed. International news media is reporting that a sports stadium in Shenzhen in South China’s Guandong Province has collapsed whilst undergoing demolition. Initial reports from state and international meda suggest that three people have been killed in the collapse. More news as we get it.

Video – Hotel demolition raises concerns…

Overnight internal collapse leads to road closures. Construction at the Marshall Hotel lead officials to close roads in downtown Sacramento Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Tuesday evening debris and floors inside the building started collapsing on their own, throwing debris and dust onto the street. Pedestrians walking in the area were concerned the entire…Read moreRead more

Firm fined over flashover burn injuries…

Man suffered electrical burns after crowbar is thrown at electrical equipment. Two companies have been fined after a worker received serious electrical burns during demolition work. Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard how on the 12th April 2017, two demolition workers employed by sub-contractor R B Haigh & Sons were removing electrical distribution equipment from a switchgear…Read moreRead more

Video – Trip down a dusty memory lane…

Can you imagine the outcry is this was replicated today. Although we like to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry today, we still enjoy a trip down memory lane from time to time; particularly when that trip includes an insight into how things used to be done. Case in point, the explosive…Read moreRead more

Of all the places…

Scaffolding collapses at site of new Merseyside Police HQ. Is it just me or do you find yourself driving differently when you spot a police car in your rear view mirror? Your hands slide slowly to the 10 to 2 position, your right foot becomes somehow lighter and the speedometer suddenly registers a speed that…Read moreRead more

Illegal method blamed for fatal collapse…

Plan not authorised but “performed surreptitiously, in disregard of city ordinances”. The owner and contractors on a Miami Beach building that collapsed during demolition were accused in a worker’s wrongful death suit of using an illegal work method when the structure crashed in a plume of dust and debris. The Marlborough House was being demolished…Read moreRead more

Three hurt in chemical leak…

Demolition workers exposed to toxic substance. Three people are suffering serious medical symptoms related to a chemical exposure in Henrietta, New York on Monday morning. While workers were doing demolition work on site, they were exposed to a dangerous chemical after hitting a pipe. The chemical to which the workers were exposed is methylenediphenyl diisocyanate…Read moreRead more

Man killed in lift shaft plunge…

Demolition man and machine fall down lift shaft in Milwaukee. A man killed when the machine he was operating plunged down an elevator shaft on Milwaukee’s west side has been identified by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office as Anthony D. Azarian, 32. In a bitter irony, Azarian’s uncle, Anthony A. Azarian, 40, was killed…Read moreRead more

Video – Double house collapse in Fishtown…

Investigation underway following collapse of two homes undergoing demolition. A pair of neighbouring houses in Fishtown, Philadelphia have collapsed as crews were preparing to demolish them. The unplanned collapse was caught on camera: