Comment – Trespass by another name…

DemolitionNews looks at the growing problem and inherent dangers of the so-called urban exploration craze.

Contractor pleads guilty on explosives charges…

Man who narrowly escaped during stack collapse now facing explosives prosecution. A Pell City contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal explosives storage and record-keeping charges filed after his failed implosion of a 100-year-old smokestack that ended with the structure collapsing on top of the trackhoe he was operating to complete the job (we brought you…Read moreRead more

Waste boss jailed for illegal dumping…

Former KDC Contractors director illegally dumped 75,000 tonnes of waste. The director of a waste management company has been jailed for 15 months after illegally dumping 75,000 tonnes of waste – leaving the landowner with a £10m bill. Barry Kilroe’s stored an estimated 75,000 tonnes of waste at a site close to the Manchester Ship…Read moreRead more

Bosses jailed over fatality cover-up…

Employee “sent to collect harnesses to make it look like accident was dead man’s fault”. Three company bosses have been jailed following the death of 25-year-old father of one, Benjamin Edge, who fell from a roof he was working on, without safety equipment and in windy conditions. Following the incident safety failings were covered up,…Read moreRead more

Scudder fined over lift shaft fatality…

Prosecution over fatal fall more than six years ago. TE Scudder, together with a self employed contractor, have been fined for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured falling six storeys through a lift shaft. Southwark Crown Court heard on 17 January 2011 work was being carried out to decommission…Read moreRead more

In the Briggs…

Contractor jailed over asbestos breach. A demolition contractor has been sentenced after admitting illegally removing asbestos from a building he was working on. David William Briggs, trading as Briggs Demolition was found to have ignored an asbestos survey while demolishing the former Oakbank Training Centre in Chadderton, Oldham. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard also failed to…Read moreRead more

Shadow director disqualified indefinitely…

HGVs were operated in a “shocking condition” despite previous ban. The Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands, Nick Jones, has disqualified the “shadow director” of a Wolverhampton business who deceived enforcement officers because he had already been banned by the Environment Agency. The industry regulator ruled that Shane Fletcher was the controlling mind of Fletcher…Read moreRead more

Complete fined over worker crush injury…

Worker injured when he was hit and then run over by an excavator. Complete Demolition Ltd had been contracted to demolish a school on the site at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port to make way for a new leisure centre when the incident occurred. The firm was prosecuted by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after…Read moreRead more

Costello in dust-up…

Demolition firm slapped with fine over clean-up of Chicopee Uniroyal site. A demolition company in eastern Massachusetts has been fined $10,000 by state environmental watchdogs for flouting asbestos clean-up standards at the former Uniroyal site. According to a statement released by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), it fined Costello Dismantling Company, Inc., of…Read moreRead more

Custodial sentence for illegal dumping…

Licence bans for Thornley skip operators involved in “industrial scale” illegal dumping. Two of the owners of a Thornley skip firm have been banned from operating vehicles after failing to declare serious convictions to the industry regulator. Stuart Frederick McCarroll and Stuart Christopher McCarroll have been disqualified until 20 May 2019 and 20 May 2021…Read moreRead more