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Battling Baltimore’s blight…

Governor pledges $75 million to demolish vacant homes.

Governor Larry Hogan stood on a blighted street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, a demolition crew ready to get to work. He had heard residents’ calls for action on the vacant rowhouses that pockmark the city, he said. Now he was pledging $75 million to tear thousands of them down.

“I’m a guy on a mission who wants to get things done and wants to get them done now,” Hogan said that day in January 2016.

The Republican governor laid out Project CORE: a plan to demolish entire blocks of abandoned houses at a time. He would put the Maryland Stadium Authority in charge of the work. The authority, experienced in contracting, sought a firm to oversee the demolition of 4,000 units over four years.

Eighteen months later, the stadium authority had spent just $5 million on the effort, the state says. Only 131 houses had been demolished. Baltimore has more than 16,000 vacant houses, the city says.

With plans to tear down more buildings mired in the city’s system for approving properties for demolition, the state is turning money over to community organisations to jump-start redevelopment projects instead. And the way officials describe their goals has changed: Now they speak not of demolitions, but of “units of blight removed.”

Read more here.

Video – Ahead of our time…

To be played when the industry once again discusses the future of the Construction Industry Training Board.

If you have been around the UK construction industry, you would know that the Construction Industry Training Board has – seemingly forever – lived in the shadow cast my the Sword of Damocles that swings portentously above its collective head.

Despite clear and vocal objections to the CITB’s lack of transparency and its apparent inability to stave off an impending skills shortage across the sector, the organisation managed to survive the axe yet again just a week or two ago.

But with its fate forever in question and the next census just three years away, we have produced the following video that we hope will be brought out, dusted off, and played before we once again make a decision on the future of the CITB.

Director sentenced over site crush incident…

Company fined over incident in which man had arms crushed by girders.

A demolition company and its director have been sentenced after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arms were trapped between two 10 tonne steel girders.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how an employee of S. Evans and Sons Limited was injured when the managing director, who was operating machinery to stack the girders, dropped one of the girders onto the employee’s arms, resulting in amputation to the employee’s left arm and right hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on the 19 October 2015, found the company failed to apply appropriate control measures including ensuring the right equipment for the task was used. The managing director, Samuel Evans, was directly involved in the incident and found personally responsible for both the choice in equipment and the manner in which the task was performed.

National Federation of Demolition Contractors’ member S. Evans and Sons Limited of Ditton Road, Widnes pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,523.04

Company director, Samuel Evans, pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, in relation to the company’s failing of Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Samuel Evans was sentenced to ten months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Read more here.


Breaking News – Breaking into Demolition…

Our new book to encourage young people into the industry is finally here.

It’s been a long time coming but our brand-new book “Breaking into Demolition” is finally here and is available to buy on Amazon NOW.

The new book has been researched and written to encourage young people to consider a career in the demolition industry and – although it will be available worldwide – is aimed squarely at young people in the UK.

“Of all the books we have produced in recent years, this one is by far the most exciting and important,” says author Mark Anthony. “The UK demolition industry is staring down the barrel of a skills shortage that would be best addressed with an influx of young and dynamic people that would be capable of driving the industry forward.”

Anthony reports that the book has been produced with considerable outside help. “I worked with several of the best-known and most-respected individuals in the industry during the research and writing of this book,” he explains. “In addition, we received a great deal of support from a number of companies and individuals that pre-ordered copies to ensure that their names were included in the acknowledgements page. The book was also made possible by our patrons at The Demolition Club who also made a great and welcome contribution.”

The book is for sale at £4.99 exclusively through Amazon. But Anthony is keen to highlight a discount that is available to any individuals, companies or organisations ordering 10 or more copies. “This book was written primarily for young people. So, if any schools or colleges want to make a bulk order, or if any demolition companies are hosing careers evenings or working close to an educational facility, we are offering a 20% discount off the purchase price on all orders of 10 or more copies. To place bulk orders, you can call Tel: 07973 465166 or email”

To order your copy, please visit


Silverdome faces explosive end…sort of

Upper ring of Detroit stadium may be imploded ahead of demolition works.

A portion of the Pontiac Silverdome may be imploded as part of the process to bring down the dilapidated and long-vacant former home of the Detroit Lions.

The empty stadium’s long-awaited demolition could start before year’s end and kick off with a celebration featuring a minor implosion, Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman said Friday.

“There is going to be an implosion — a small implosion,” Waterman said. “The implosion won’t take down the entire structure, the mayor said, and the bulk of the demolition would be done with hydraulic excavators over several months. The demolition crews will take down the structure “from the inside out.”

Detroit-based contractor Adamo Group has been under private contract for the demolition work with the Silverdome’s owner, Triple Investment Group. A company representative could not be reached Friday.

Demolition of the Detroit Lions’ former home was mandated earlier this year by a judgment in 50th District Court in a nuisance-abatement case brought by the city against Triple Investment.

Waterman said the implosion will have to wait until Adamo finishes blowing up the Georgia Dome, former home of the Atlanta Falcons, in an implosion set for Nov. 20. The mayor is hopeful the Silverdome explosion can happen before year’s end.

“We need to wait for them to do that,” she said.

Read more here.


Video – The disconnection debate…

Scottish gas blast throws spotlight onto subject of service disconnections.

It is now more than a week since an explosion ripped through a building in Scotland that was scheduled for demolition.

At the time of the blast, an asbestos removal crew was working inside. Two men were severely injured, and one of them has subsequently died from his injuries. His colleague remains on a life support machine.

It is too early to speculate as to the precise cause of the deadly blast, and investigations are ongoing on site. However, all the signs are pointing towards a gas explosion.

Only the findings of a Health and Safety Executive investigation can state categorically why the gas service to the building remained live so close to the point of demolition.

But this tragedy once again throws the issue of service disconnections into stark focus.

And this is a subject that we addressed in this episode of Demolition News Radio:

Video – Demolition TV, Episode 11 is HERE!

All-new, all high-def edition of Demolition TV is available to watch NOW!

We’re 11 episodes in and Demolition TV requires no introduction. Suffice to say that this awesome new episode features contributions from Downwell Demolition, One Stop Recycling and Sandhurst Ltd.

So switch off your phone, sit back and enjoy Demolition TV.

Competition – Big Boot Giveaway…

If you’re in the UK, take a size 8 shoe, and would like a FREE pair of site boots, then read on!

In conjunction with our friends at workwear specialist V12, we are offering one lucky UK reader a chance to win an awesome pair on size 8 site boots.
There are no fancy questions; no challenging tasks; and no sign-ups.

For your chance to win this pair of box-fresh V12 site boots, all we need you to do is send us an email containing your name and postal address including the postcode. Send you entry to

We will put all the entries into a hat (or possibly a boot) and the boots will go to the first name selected at random.

The competition will close on 17 November 2017.

Please note: This competition is open ONLY to UK residents; and the boots we are offering are a UK size 8. There are no alternative sizes available.


Video – Better late than never…

Our belated coverage of the latest successful Dykon blast.

This spectacular implosion took place a week ago yesterday. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, it managed to slide undetected beneath our news radar until one of our readers – thanks Russ – alerted us to our oversight.

The film below features the controlled implosion of the Jones Building in Centennial, Colorado.

Built in 1984 as the headquarters of Jones International Ltd, the property will be turned into The Jones District, a 42-acre, mixed-use project that Opus Development Company boasts will make the site Centennial’s largest commercial development.

Packed with purple prose…

The all-new and truly enormous Demolition magazine is HERE!

I will readily admit that, to an editor or journalist, magazines are like our babies. We nurture them and care for them and, all things being equal, we watch them grow and blossom. And oh boy has our baby blossomed.

The Demolition magazine – which, let us not forget, was started purely out of a frustration with the incumbent industry magazines and their narrow and biased focus – has evolved to become a true shining light.

And the latest issue – all 110 purple-hued pages of it – shines brighter than all that have gone before it.

This issue is RAMMED with industry content, and really is a must-read for anyone within the global demolition industry.

The paper copy will be dropping like a safe onto the doormats of subscribers very soon. But why wait when there is an electronic edition just waiting to caress your retinas and stimulate your brain.

You can check it out below:

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