Opinion – The Mark Noble way

You will have to bear with me. The story I am about to lay before you really IS rooted in demolition, even if at first it might feel like an excuse for me to talk about my beloved (and beleaguered) West Ham United. Mark Noble has just been appointed as Sporting Director at West Ham…Read moreRead more

Opinion – The farce of industry awards

The latest outing of the Construction News Specialist Awards saw AR Demolition deservedly emerge victorious in THREE categories. Meanwhile, the awards served to highlight the farce of awards sponsorship by interested parties, and the industry’s willingness to award those identified in a £150 million bid rigging scandal that has brought the entire industry into disrepute.

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

Comment – Saying goodbye to the Queen of our nation and to the King of my family

On the afternoon of 8 September 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was 96 years old and, as the only monarch most of us have ever known, had been ever present in our lives. Six days before, a working man passed away peacefully in a Sussex hospital. He…Read moreRead more

Demolition by the book

In a speech in 1948, Winston Churchill famously said: “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. Quite how he found the time to run a country and win a world war between coining iconic phrases remains a mystery. But that’s a discussion for another day. The fact is that, in…Read moreRead more

Death of the Bootstrap Entrepreneur

Across the span of more than three decades, I have had the pleasure and the honour of interviewing countless demolition company founders. Whether they came directly to demolition or jumped across from an allied business, all those founders have shared a common theme. Each of them started with precious little in the way of money…Read moreRead more

Comment – I do declare!

It is that time of the year when many of us will be heading to the Hellhole that is the modern airport ahead of our summer vacation. Assuming you can navigate the mountains of unclaimed and misplaced baggage, the queues of disgruntled and frustrated holidaymakers and the TV news crews there to capture the chaos…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

Compliant? Well, sort of…

In the field of demolition, the term “compliant” can apparently cover (or cover up) a multitude of sins.

Not all construction deaths are created equal

The Health and Safety Executive last week released its fatal accident statistics for the year to March 2022. Those stats made for interesting , troubling and perplexing reading. The headline figure was that worker deaths in the combined demolition and construction sector were down 25 percent on the previous year. But the latest HSE figures…Read moreRead more