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Firm fined over fall hazard…

Staff worked on 19ft high roof with no scaffolding or harness.

A demolition company has been fined £25,000 after his employees were found working on a roof without scaffolding.

Stephen Malton, who ran as a sole trader under his company Prodem Demolition, admitted the breach in health and safety procedures by preventing his employees from falling while working at height at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told how Malton’s workers had been spotted working on a roof at Foxholes Road in Southbourne, between September 15-16 last year, by a neighbour and reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

Inspector Allison Fraser told Wednesday’s hearing there was no scaffolding and some employees even made false claims to the visiting inspector they had been wearing harnesses.

Ms Fraser said there could have been “a significant risk of death” as a result of Malton’s actions.

“Clearly no measures had been put in place by Mr Malton,” she said, adding that he displayed “a wilful blindness” to working at height.

Ms Fraser told the court Malton had previously been presented with prohibition orders to prevent him from working on sites by inspectors in the past.

In 2007 workers were found to be handing tiles to each other while one stood on a roof and the other in the bucket of an excavator being operated by Malton.

In 2012 workers had been walking on open joists two floors up without safety equipment; and in 2014 employees were seen accessing the roof of a building by climbing up and down the raised arm of a digger.

Ms Fraser said: “He has been given numerous opportunities [to improve his work] but continues to apply some poor standards putting his workers at risk of death.”

Mitigating was Scott Stemp who told the court that Malton’s business had seen a poor turnover in recent years with the influx of competitors.

“He faces nine competitors many of whom have economies of scale which he, as a sole trader, does not,” Mr Stemp said, adding that Malton’s financial circumstances are “precarious at best”.

Video – Rammer runs riot…

Rammer’s biggest breaker goes to town on turbine deck.

On the day that the breaker brand’s new magazine went live comes this great new video documenting the demolition of the turbine deck at the SRP- Coronado Generating facility in St. Johns, Arizona.

The Ground Level Co. carried out the demolition, utilising a Cat 385 excavator equipped with a Rammer G130 hammer.

Video – Going with the grain…

Drone captures fall of grain elevator in cinema-quality.

Late last week, a grain elevator was brought down in East Peoria, Illinois. Appropriately, given that Peoria is the spiritual home of construction equipment giant Caterpillar, it was a Cat excavator that brought the structure down.

Thankfully for us, a drone pilot by the name of Neil Larimore was on hand to capture the fall of the building in glorious cinema-quality 4K.

Video – Ron Hull insures completion…

Demolition of former insurance offices near completion.

Sheffield-based Ron Hull Group is nearing completion on its demolition of a former insurance company offices in Gloucester. The space has been purchased as part of the expansion of a neighbouring Asda store.

This video captures the action:

Video – Coal plant imploded…

Major blast fells French coal plant.

Our friends at Ginger CEBTP Démolition have been at it again; this time bringing their explosive demolition expertise to bear on a former coal plant near the city of Nevers in the company’s native France.

The work was carried out in conjunction with the demolition team at 4D-DSD:

Video – Moulivakkam tower toppled…

Implosion fells Indian tower block damaged in 2014.

An 11-storey building that was declared unsafe after an adjacent block collapsed in 2014 was on Wednesday demolished using implosion technique in less than ten seconds, amid tight security.

A posse of police cordoned off the area and residents living about 100 meters near the building were requested to keep off and fire tenders and ambulances stationed in the vicinity.
The residents were housed in a nearby hall till the completion of the building’s demolition.

Read more here or view the video below (action starts at 0.32 mark):

Video – Taking its toll…

Excavator eats toll plaza as Massachusetts goes electronic.

Demolition of toll plazas along the Massachusetts Pike has moved along on schedule this week as the state continues the transition to all-electronic tolling.

MassDOT reports that crews have entirely or partially demolished the overhead canopies at the toll plazas in West Stockbridge, Lee, Westfield, West Springfield, Ludlow, Sturbridge, Natick, Framingham and the Ted Williams Tunnel. The toll plaza canopy in Chicopee was also completely demolished by Wednesday morning.

Read more here, or view the video below:

Video – Telegraph torn down…

Rochdale Town Centre overhaul begins with demolition.

Work is finally underway on the demolition of Telegraph House in the heart of Rochdale. The building was originally intended to be demolished when the bus station and Black Box were levelled last year but that proved impossible as one tenant’s lease had not expired.

The demolition, which is being undertaken by Connell Brothers Ltd, will make way for the new Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure scheme.

“This marks the end of an era and the beginning of an exciting new one. It’s great to know that by 2019, where Telegraph House once stood, we will have new shops and restaurants,” says Rochdale Borough Council Leader Cllr Richard Farnell. “It’s a great time to be in Rochdale. We’re undertaking a £250m transformation of our town centre and this is the final piece of the jigsaw.”

Read more here.

Video – Hornsby footbridge felled…

Film captures removal and replacement of pedestrian bridge in New South Wales.

Fresh from the land of kangaroos, wallabies and – erm – vegemite – comes this new film following the demolition and replacement of a footbridge linking the two halves of Hornsby.

Wrapped Wring machine to the rescue…

High reach checks in to tackle fire-damaged hotel.

A 85 tonne Wring Group high reach excavator is now on station at the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter which was damaged in a fire last week.

Featuring a special “wrapped” livery to commemorate Wring Group’s 90th anniversary, the machine will be used to remove the frontage to allow fire fighters access to the interior of the hotel.

Contracts manager Pete Williams said the aim was to carefully dismantle the facade and salvage any heritage assets.

But he could not offer any “guarantees” that original aspects of the structure would be recovered intact.

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