Firm fined over glass injury…

Loss assessor suffers laceration to Achilles tendon. G O’Brien & Sons (Nationwide Demolition Contractors) Limited has been fined after a nearby worker was seriously injured on a demolition site in Durham. Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard that on 22 February 2018 the company was demolishing two semi-detached properties as part of a project to renovate…Read moreRead more

Firm fined over flashover burn injuries…

Man suffered electrical burns after crowbar is thrown at electrical equipment. Two companies have been fined after a worker received serious electrical burns during demolition work. Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard how on the 12th April 2017, two demolition workers employed by sub-contractor R B Haigh & Sons were removing electrical distribution equipment from a switchgear…Read moreRead more

Illegal method blamed for fatal collapse…

Plan not authorised but “performed surreptitiously, in disregard of city ordinances”. The owner and contractors on a Miami Beach building that collapsed during demolition were accused in a worker’s wrongful death suit of using an illegal work method when the structure crashed in a plume of dust and debris. The Marlborough House was being demolished…Read moreRead more

Detroit cleared…for now

Investigator clears city demolition programme of wrongdoing. Controversial meetings between city officials and specific contractors to discuss federally-funded demolition work before public bidding didn’t violate written rules, but they weren’t transparent and gave the impression of “preferential treatment,” an independent investigation has ruled. The findings from an investigation of Detroit’s Office of the Inspector General,…Read moreRead more

Anger over Didcot defence…

Demolition man escapes jail after assault, claiming “misplaced guilt” over Didcot disaster. A demolition man has avoided a custodial sentence following an assault that left another man with a fractured skull after claiming that his life had spiralled downwards following the Didcot disaster. In the early hours of 5 May 2017 at The County pub…Read moreRead more

Contractor indicted over bribery claims…

Man stands accused of bribing Cleveland officials for preferential treatment. An Ohio demolition contractor was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday on charges that he bribed the former chief of the city of Cleveland’s demolition bureau to get a leg up on city work. Eric Witherspoon, the head of Arick’s Environmental Services and…Read moreRead more

Firm fined over asbestos clean-up…

Contractor fined after using vacuum cleaner on asbestos A Norwich-based contractor has been fined £90,000 for carrying out unlicensed asbestos cleaning work. Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard how the company began a project to refurbish parts of Rose Lane Business Centre in Norwich, including a former kitchen and canteen. Works started in late April 2015 and…Read moreRead more

Demolition chief pleads guilty…

Former Cleveland demolition bureau chief pleads guilty to extorting, accepting bribes. The city of Cleveland’s former demolition bureau chief has admitted to soliciting and accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from contractors in exchange for a leg up in obtaining city jobs. Rufus Taylor pleaded guilty to extortion and bribery in a federally funded program….Read moreRead more

Director jailed over unplanned collapse…

Developer employed unskilled workers with no demolition experience. A property developer has been jailed for eight months after the roof and part of the rear wall collapsed at one of his buildings during demolition work. Manchester Crown Court was told that Riaz Ahmad had hired a group of workers, who had no experience in construction,…Read moreRead more

Another accident, another massive fine…

Two companies fined half a million pounds after worker left paralysed Fines of more than half a million pounds have been handed down to two companies involved in an accident in which a worker was left permanently paralysed, losing the use of his legs. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 5 November 2015, Mr Marcel…Read moreRead more