HSE targets demolition dust

The Health and Safety Executive is set to launch a summer campaign targeting construction sites across Great Britain, with inspections focusing on preventing life-threatening diseases caused by dust at work. The campaign, supported by HSE’s Dust Kills initiative, will provide free advice to businesses and workers on the control measures needed to prevent exposure to…Read moreRead more

HSE cancellations up 200-fold

The prospect union says there has been a 200-fold increase in cancellations of HSE investigations due to resourcing shortfalls. The number of HSE investigations cancelled because of insufficient resources in 2016-2017 was two. In the period of 2021-2022, that figure had risen to 389.

CMA – Word is spreading

Any hopes that news of the near £60 million fines handed down to 10 UK demolition companies entangled in a bid-rigging cartel might just “blow over” have been dashed as word has spread across the media here in the UK and much further afield. DemolitionNews has compiled a list of more than 30 publications that…Read moreRead more

The £60 million scandal

CMA hands down fines of almost £60 million after three-year collusion probe. Ten firms have been handed fines totalling almost £60 million for their part in a bid-rigging scandal that has stained the reputation of the UK demolition industry. The fines are the culmination of a more than three-year probe by the Competition and Markets…Read moreRead more

City to make demolition “last resort”

In a scheme aimed at reducing the Square Mile’s carbon footprint, developers in the City of London will be asked to consider alternatives to demolition at the earliest stage of the planning process. The City of London Corporation is the first planning authority in the country to issue planning guidance in which developers will be…Read moreRead more

Demolition dealt double blow

The UK demolition industry faces the prospect of being caught in a legislative pincer movement as the embodied carbon lobby continues to gather both pace and momentum. And those within the demolition fraternity that dismissed embodied carbon concerns as a flash in the pan may yet rue the day they failed to heed the warnings…Read moreRead more

Calling upon the Home Secretary

DemolitionNews has written to Home Secretary Suella Braverman to press her to consider a public inquiry over the failure of an investigation into the Didcot Disaster to deliver any meaningful results over an agonising seven year period. The letter to Suella Braverman reads: On 23 February 2016, the boiler house at the Didcot A Power…Read moreRead more

Comley Demolition to cease trading

Comley Demolition has announced that it is to cease trading. The Hampshire-based company has issued a statement in which it cites the reasons behind the announcement. It is with great sadness and regret that the directors of C.G. Comley and Sons Limited (t/a Comley Demolition) have decided to cease trading and have instructed Begbies Traynor…Read moreRead more

C&D up for the cup in Qatar

C&D Demolition Consultants have been appointed to act as the lead demolition consultant on the Nikilat Superyacht Building in Doha, Qatar. The demolition follows a fire in 2019 that partially destroyed the Superyacht shed including, three super yachts that were in the building. The shipyard fire damaged the 80 metre OCEANCO Constellation, the 52 metre…Read moreRead more

Demolition man jailed for sex offences

A man who molested and raped an underage teenage girl after her school friend had been in contact with him through a website was jailed on 1 September. James McAllister, who is employed by NFDC member company Daltons Demolitions, left his victim in pain after an initial encounter when she said he knew she was…Read moreRead more