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

Comment – An industry tarnished

Millions of man hours without incident. But the public will know us for this. All the meetings, seminars and conferences. All the training courses, CPD points, toolbox talks and site inductions. All the advances in equipment and technology. All the supposed benefits of site audits and Health & Safety Executive policing. All the strides made…Read moreRead more

Breaking News – Scaffold collapse in Reading

Members of the public feared trapped as scaffold collapses on demolition site in Reading. Two people have been injured and more are feared trapped after a major scaffold collapse at Greyfriars House in Reading, Berkshire. Witnesses reported hearing “lots of shouting and running away after a sudden crash” as scaffolding at around 11.15 am local…Read moreRead more

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