Access sector sets safety standard

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has placed accident reporting at the very heart of its activities; and that information is now used to hep develop training. The global demolition industry would do well to follow the access industry’s lead.

Fatal accident on Esher demolition site

A 50-year old demolition worker has been killed in an incident on a site in Esher, Surrey. It is believed that the man was working for NFDC-member company, Rye Group. The incident took place on Thursday 29 September near the headquarters of Elmbridge Borough Council and roads in the area were initially closed in both…Read moreRead more

Fines of $1.2 million over demolition death

The demolition company involved in the fatal collapse at the Government Center in Boston faces almost $1.2 million in fines for “wilfully exposing workers to hazards”. A heavy equipment operator – 51-year old Peter Monsini – doing demolition on the eighth floor of the Government Center garage in downtown Boston died on March 26, 2022,…Read moreRead more

Opinion – The forgotten fatalities

Later this week, I am due to speak to the BBC yet again about the Didcot Power Station disaster that happened in February 2016. Unlike many of their colleagues in the wider media, the BBC thankfully hasn’t forgotten the incident that claimed the lives of four men on that fateful day. We are fast approaching…Read moreRead more

Massive compensation for injured worker

News portal Construction Enquirer is reporting that a worker who lost his leg during a demolition site accident has won a multimillion-pound compensation claim. Damien Bundock, 29, was crushed by machinery that weighed three tonnes when he was working on a demolition project in June 2017 for construction firm S Walsh & Sons at a…Read moreRead more

Comment – The scales of justice are imbalanced

The life of a roofer is worth 27 times that of a demolition worker. That is surely the implication of a pair of recent fatal accident prosecutions: in the case of a roofer, the fine levied against the company involved was £135,000. In the case of the demolition worker, the fine was just £5,000. I…Read moreRead more

Paltry fine for power station fatality

A £5,000 fine has been levied against a demolition contractor after an employee – Gary Robertson – fell to his death when a rusty pipe bridge platform collapsed. The incident happened on 6th February 2019 at Longannet Power Station, Fife. By September 2020 the contractor concerned – Brown & Mason Ltd – was in administration…Read moreRead more

The Break Fast Show #328

In today’s show: As McGee Group sets aside £2.4 million to cover fines arising from the price-fixing probe, you have your say on the CMA fallout. As one of the eight NFDC companies that have admitted involvement in price fixing is fined over the death of a worker back in 2019, we ask: What price…Read moreRead more

Comment – Time to grow a pair…

I have been a vocal advocate for the sharing the details of near-misses, incidents and accidents. I fully endorse the initiative started by incumbent Institute of Demolition Engineers’ president Richard Dolman to share those details as widely as we currently share best practice. And I am firmly of the belief that each incident, accident or…Read moreRead more

Swingate House collapse – Reaction…

24 hours after the catastrophic collapse of Swingate House in Stevenage, Demolition News looks at the collapse and the wider implications for the industry.