Caught in the NVQ Poverty Trap

The human cost of high-cost training, qualification and competence verification. Last night, just after normal office hours, I took one of the most difficult phone calls of my professional career. Given that I have previously received calls from the bereaved families of men killed in the line of demolition duty and from those that have…Read moreRead more

Magazine gets video…

The world’s largest demolition magazine just got a whole lot better! Even though our Demolition magazine is far and away the largest and most widely-read demolition publication in the world, we are constantly seeking new ways to enhance the reader experience. And oh boy have we ever enhanced things this time. We have been working…Read moreRead more

Right to be concerned…

Massive concrete fines will send shockwaves thorugh demolition sector. News that three companies in the concrete products sector have been fined a total of £36 million for their part in a price-fixing ring will send shockwaves through the UK demolition sector. The fines have been imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority which is thought…Read moreRead more

A grisly find…

Human bones found as demoition begins. Police have been forced to cordon off a building site in Leicestershire after builders discovered human bones. Workmen found the bones at Catherine Dalley House in Melton Mowbray, Leics, a former care home, while clearing the site for demolition. A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “Officers received a report…Read moreRead more

Collard strengthens waste position…

Acquisition coincides with anniversary celebrations. Hampshire-based entrepreneur, Rob Collard, is celebrating 25 years in the waste business with the acquisition of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions (RBWS). The purchase, which was announced on Friday (18th Oct 2019), further elevates Collard Group Ltd into the top-tier of waste management companies with a 1 million+ tonne annual capacity…Read moreRead more

Comment – So what IS the answer..?

The UK demolition industry has reached a crossroads. An industry friend and sparring partner has recently read my somewhat controversial article “where’s your fury” in which I lambasted the wider demolition industry for its ongoing failure to address accidents and curtail fatalities. Having read the article in question, that friend asked me – simply –…Read moreRead more

AR Demolition takes flight…

Company tackles extreme concrete at former General Electricity test facility. The test cells at General Electric Caerphilly were used to test refurbished and repaired engines from around the world. Every single Concorde engine was, at one point, bolted onto these huge structures and then fired up and run at top speed. AR Demolition was told…Read moreRead more

Button’s CMA fears…

NFDC CEO “very worried” about potential impact of collusion investigation. National Federation of Demolition Contractors CEO Howard Button has admitted that he is “very worried” about the possible impact of the ongoing Competition & Markets Authority investigation into possible collusion within the UK demolition industry. Speaking exclusively to DemolitionNews, Button says the investigation could “jeopardise…Read moreRead more

Thought for the day…

Mates in Mind calls on industry to improve workplace mental health. A recent survey conducted by UK Construction Week, with support from Mates in Mind charity, has found that six out of 10 workers in construction have suffered mental ill-health because of their work. Mates in Mind is now calling on industry leaders and government…Read moreRead more

RAIDED!

Demolition company HQ raided as anti-collusion net tightens. Officers from the Competition & Markets Authority are understood to have intensified their probe into the demolition industry with another contractor raid this week. Industry news portal The Construction Enquirer is reporting that CMA officials raided the offices of a leading demolition specialist. An industry source said:…Read moreRead more