Two fined over Camden blast death…

Worker killed when fuel storage tank exploded. Materials Movement Ltd and P J Labour Services Ltd have been fined after a worker was killed in an explosion at a demolition site. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 16 March 2017, 54-year-old Stephen Hampton, working at a site on Swains Lane in Camden, London, was killed…Read moreRead more

Pig ignorant..

Jail time for demolition man in asbestos rap. An employer has been sentenced for failing to reduce the exposure and spread of asbestos when demolishing a large pig shed. Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court heard that, in July and August 2018, whilst carrying out demolition and asbestos removal works at the former pig shed on Caenby Corner,…Read moreRead more

Comment – Consistently inconsistent…

Fine handed down after site fatality highlights fickle nature of legal system. It is just 48 hours since I – like so many before me – labelled the law an ass. But with uncustomary haste, the legal profession has today proved itself so be so much worse than that. With a single ruling, it has…Read moreRead more

McGee slapped with fatality fine…

Demolition firm fined almost six years after fatal accident. McGee Group has been fined half a million pounds after a father-of-two was killed when a reinforced concrete slab collapsed underneath him during a London demolition project. Southwark Crown Court heard that on 14 April 2014, 33-year-old labourer Dainius Rupsys from Lithuania was working with an…Read moreRead more

Breaking…and entering

Demolition man accused of £500k watch burglary at home of football boss. A well known Liverpool businessman has been accused of stealing £500,000 of watches from the home of a football chairman. Thomas Mee was arrested in relation to a break-in at Marsden Manor on Macclesfield Road in Prestbury. Marsden Manor is reported to be…Read moreRead more

Pub demolition prosecution…

“…work done in a haphazard way and ultimately unsafe manner…” A building development company and its director have been sentenced after unsafe demolition work took place at a former pub in Bexley. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that on 22 June 2016, the former Ye Olde Leather Bottle pub was completely demolished without appropriate action taken…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

Danish cartel laid bare…

Three companies accept penalties in ongoing cartel case. In what is yet another development in the multiple cases about cartels in the demolition industry, three demolition companies have accepted penalties totalling DKK 6.4 million (approx £760,000). Also, three senior employees of two of the companies have agreed to be fined DKK 125,000 (approx £15,000) each…Read moreRead more

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