A Damning Indictment

How far has the demolition industry really come if the HSE considers it necessary to issue a reminder that buildings can become unstable during demolition? And just how professional is an industry in which accidents and fatalities are greeted not with a scream of outrage but with a shrug of resignation and familiarity?

Wrexham flats collapse during demolition…

Investigations are underway after a section of flats at Llys y Mynydd in Rhos collapsed yesterday. Remodelling work was taking place on the sheltered housing units with no residents or workers inside at the time. Wrexham.com reports that no-one was injured during the incident. Local councillor Paul Pemberton says: “Apparently all trades had left when…Read moreRead more

Comment – No end in sight

At noon today, a pre-inquest review of the Didcot disaster is scheduled to be heard at the Coroner’s Court in Oxfordshire. That review comes 1,974 days after a part of the boiler house at the Didcot A Power Station collapsed while undergoing demolition. Four demolition men lost their lives that day. And it is to…Read moreRead more

Man injured in Kent collapse…

A man was taken to hospital after a building collapsed yesterday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the site in Welling just after lunchtime yesterday. London Fire Brigade says the building had been undergoing demolition before partially collapsing into the highway, leaving scaffolding in a precarious position. Crews made the scene safe and a safety cordon…Read moreRead more

Gwangju accident boss flees country…

The man whose company was in charge of the botched demolition of a five-story building in Gwangju, which suddenly collapsed on June 9 and killed nine and seriously injured eight, has fled the country just as he was about to face questioning, police have confirmed. According to the Gwangju Metropolitan Police Agency on June 16,…Read moreRead more

Investigation underway in Gwangju…

Rumours suggest demolition workers had evacuated before fatal collapse. Police have launched an investigation into the building collapse in Gwangju that left nine people dead. They have also conducted a forensic examination of the scene in a bid to uncover the exact cause of the collapse. The five-story building collapsed during demolition yesterday, leaving nine…Read moreRead more

Korean collapse kills nine

At least nine people have been killed and eight injured when a five-storey building collapsed suddenly today while undergoing demolition in South Korea. The building collapsed as it was being demolished in Gwangju, some 270 kilometers of southwest of capital Seoul, officials at the Gwangju Fire and Safety Headquarters said. Gwangju Fire and Safety Headquarters…Read moreRead more

Comment – Two nations divided by a single aim

How can the American authorities investigate, prosecute and close a fatal industrial accident in 17 months while, 63 months later, a UK investigation into a similar incident remains ongoing with no end in sight? Take two power plant collapses. In one, two men are tragically killed. It would take a month – including Christmas and the…Read moreRead more

OSHA cites two over Killen collapse

Fines handed down over power plant collapse that killed two. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has handed down fines to two demolition companies involved in a power plant collapse that killed two workers back in December 2020. The workers were killed when a 14-storey structure fell at the Killen Power Plant. The bodies of…Read moreRead more

Nominal fine for fractured ankle…

A contractor has been fined £600 after an employee was hit by falling debris from a wall that was being demolished in an unsafe manner. Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard that on 10th January 2020, Barrowbridge Construction Limited had been contracted to demolish a garage in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Three operatives pushed over the remaining part of…Read moreRead more