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Video – Easter egg demolition…

Man vs Machine Easter Egg Scramble. It is that time of year when diets are cast aside like so much dirty laundry in order to celebrate the resurrection of the Son of God via the mass consumption of chocolate (no, we can’t see the connection either). So what better time to pit one brave man […]

Comment – HCL and the ruby connection…

Familiar name, familiar outcome as HCL slides into abyss. When Lee Demolition and Euro Dismantling Services (EDS) slid unceremoniously into the industry dead pool recently, their untimely demise was greeted with an industry-wide outpouring of support for the workers. There has been a similar reaction to the news that HCL Equipment Contracts has followed the […]

Dead worker named…

Man killed in Grosvenor Square collapse named as Dainius Rupsys. McGee has named the worker killed at 20 Grosvenor Square yesterday as 33-year-old father-of-two Dainius Rupsys. According to Construction News, Rupsys was a Lithuanian national. He was killed at the residential conversion site in Mayfair yesterday when a mini excavator fell through the second floor […]

UCATT reacts to Grosvenor Square fatality

Union decries “wholly avoidable accident”. Commenting on the fatal accident that occurred yesterday in Grosvenor Square, London in which a construction worker died and another worker was injured, Jerry Swain Regional Secretary for UCATT’s London and South East Region said: “This was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this […]

Video – A trip down memory lane…

Health and safety folk, look away now. This video – supposedly featuring demolition circa 1971 – just surfaced on YouTube for no apparent reason. However, it is one of a number of old time demolition videos on offer from the British Pathe new channel. Sadly, the audio is missing but that doesn’t detract from the […]

Comment – You can’t please everyone…

A final word on the decision to remove the Red Road implosion from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Watching 17,000-odd people rush to sign a petition against the inclusion of the Red Road implosion as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, I was reminded of an interview by former Oasis front man Noel […]

HCL latest to succumb…

Alfreton-based contractor appoints administrator. Derbyshire-based HCL Equipment Contracts Ltd has become the latest demolition contractor to join the dead pool. Although details are still being finalised, DemolitionNews can exclusively reveal that the company appointed administrators on Friday of last week. A statement from the as-yet-unnamed administrators is expected shortly. Interestingly, at the time of writing, […]

Breaking News – Man killed on London site…

Investigation underway as partial collapse kills man on McGee site. One man has been killed and another has been injured after a partial building collapse in Grosvenor Square this afternoon. A man believed to be in his early thirties who was working on the site at 20 Grosvenor Square and was pronounced dead at the […]

Public opinion is an ass…

Red Road implosion dropped from Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The BBC is reporting that Commonwealth Games organisers have dropped the demolition of the Red Road flats from the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony. Five of the blocks were to be brought down at the start of the Games in July. The plan proved controversial, with an […]

Rainbow demolition…

Facade removal on Ghent tower block reveals spectrum of interior colours. Diggers and Dozers reports.

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