Opinion – No way to treat our greatest asset

Join the demolition or construction industry, they said. It will be great, they said. We’re hip and groovy, welcoming to all genders, sexual preferences and ethnicities and we “totally get the whole mental health thing”, they said. That might be what it says on the industry recruitment posters or what is implied during industry interviews….Read moreRead more

Fuel theft – The gift that keeps on taking

If criminal gangs really are as organised as investigating authorities would have us believe, then they must have recruited some of the best and most eminently employable business development heads in the country. There is, it appears, no money-spinning opportunity that can escape their steely gaze. When the imposition of a Landfill Tax made it…Read moreRead more

Don’t shoot the messenger…

There was one and there may be more poison pen letters circulating through the hallowed halls of the NFDC. But it/they didn’t originate here. You can read the original letter here: https://tinyurl.com/3yyzme3b

Farewell to an old and trusted friend…

Today marks the day that the UK demolition and construction sectors bid farewell to their fuel of choice for the past 60 years. And, despite the sectors’ environmental ambitions, it is a day of mixed emotions.

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

Comment – Open in the event of a downturn

During the After Show Party on Friday’s episode of The Break Fast Show, the question of the day was this: “Is the UK construction sector heading for a recession?” The simple answer to this question is, of course, yes. It always is. Any time the sector enjoys a peak, it pays to scan the horizon…Read moreRead more

Comment – Divided. Conquered.

For decades, the demolition and construction industry has carved itself into little fiefdoms; exclusive members clubs that were open to a few but closed to the many. The scaffolders are over there in their scaffolding silo; the piling contractors are over there in theirs; the groundworkers in theirs and – of course – at least…Read moreRead more

Opinion – Red Dawn, Red Dusk

So the Russian bear has awoken with a sore head from its hibernation and is once again threatening those around it. For those of us that lived through the 1980s – a period in which every movie villain spoke with a thick Russian accent – this surely comes as no surprise even though it appears…Read moreRead more

Opinion – Six is the new Four

On Wednesday last week, I was invited onto a BBC South news show that marked the sixth anniversary of the Didcot Disaster. The show was recorded remotely: a TV researcher in Oxfordshire; and me at home in Surrey. While sound engineers were checking recording levels, the researcher asked why I had pursued this disaster with…Read moreRead more

Comment – Demolition’s opportunity to reset…

Just over a year ago, before The Break Fast Show was delivered unto the world, I had spent about 10 months producing the Demolition Daily LiveStream show. It was on that show where I knocked off at least some of the rough edges and learned the livestreaming process. That show was born out of necessity…Read moreRead more