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Video – DDS cuts down car park…

Top-down demolition fells Maidstone car park.

Our friends over at DDS Demolition have just released a new video etailing their work on behalf of client Maidstone Borough Council in the demolition of a multi-storey car park.

The multi-storey car park in King Street was built in the 1970′s using the “lift-slab” method. The lift slab technique later proved to be prone to failure and despite efforts to reinforce the King Street car park it was declared unsafe and scheduled for demolition.

The film contains some great demolition footage as well as some spectacular shots of Hitachi mini excavator being craned onto the roof.

Video – Kansas road bridge popped…

Bridge blast and clean-up captured by local TV news crew.

An overnight implosion took down the Roe Avenue bridge over I-435 on Saturday night, part of a project to replace the brittle span with a new diverging diamond interchange by fall.

The blast, which has been planned for weeks, rained down concrete, metal and other debris onto the highway. Workers had built a bed of dirt under the bridge to avoid damaging the highway.

A crew of about 40 people spent the rest of the night hauling off the debris.

Read more here or view the video below:

Video – From the gene pool’s shallow end…

Power tool silo demolition almost ends in disaster.

Take one large concrete silo; stir in two men with a power tool; season with lunacy and you have a tasty dish that would make Charles Darwin seriously question his “survival of the fittest” theory.

Video – Winkler Hall imploded…

15 seconds to fell ASU residence hall.

Residents of downtown Boone heard a series of explosions on Sunday morning as Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC imploded Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University.

Built in 1974, the 11-story residence hall housed 132 students. Because the cost to renovate Winkler Hall proved to be impractical, the building is being razed, the school said.

Lindamood cited over Kyle Field death…

Penalties for contractor involved in skid steer operator fatality.

Lindamood Demolition Inc. and Texas Cutting & Coring were both cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a total of five violations, including two willful, following the death of a skid-steer loader operator during the redevelopment of Kyle Field Stadium at Texas A&M University.

OSHA’s December 2013 investigation found that the Lindamood employee was operating a skid-steer loader to support a 3,340-pound concrete stub while a Texas Cutting & Coring employee used a circular saw to cut the stub from its support column. The stub caused the skid-steer to be overloaded, and it tipped over a ramp wall, falling more than 70 feet to the ground. The loader operator was ejected from the skid-steer when the machine struck a horizontal beam during its fall. The employee died when he fell four stories to the ground.

“These experienced contractors failed to provide employees with safe demolition procedures despite concerns from workers,” said Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin. “Employees had to work under the load and directly beside the skid-steer where they could be struck by the equipment or heavy, concrete debris. This disregard for worker safety is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

A willful citation, with a penalty of $56,000, was issued to Lindamood for exceeding the operating capacity of the skid-steer loader where the equipment was routinely loaded with concrete until obvious signs of tipping were seen. Texas Cutting & Coring was also cited for a willful violation, with a penalty of $63,000, for exposing workers to the hazard of being struck-by the skid-steer loader and concrete. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Lindamood also received a serious citation, with a penalty of $7,200, for two violations concerning a failure to provide effective fall prevention measures and ensure that stop-logs were used to prevent equipment from falling into open holes. Texas Cutting & Coring was also issued one serious citation, with a penalty of $4,500, for failing to provide fall protection. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Due to the willful violation related to this fatality, Lindamood has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program*, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.

Lindamood, based in Irving, employs about 80 workers, with 20 at this site. Texas Cutting & Coring, based in Round Rock, employs about 118 workers, with 12 on this demolition project. The proposed penalties total $130,700.

Read more here.

Jobs – Recruitment breeze hits Windmill Group…

Multiple vacancies as Manchester-based contractor goes on the attack.

Windmill Group LogoThe recovery of the UK construction industry might still be London-centric, but an upswing in workload has clearly found its way to Manchester as Windmill Group has become the latest to hit the recruitment trail.

The fast-expanding company is on the lookout for workers across the full spectrum of its business including:

Demolition Site Managers
Demolition Supervisors
Demolition Operatives
Excavator Operators

For full details on these vacancies, please hit the relevant link above. For other job opportunities, please visit our sister website, Demolition-Jobs.co.uk.

Video – Hillhead Highlights Episode 2

Diggers and Dozers takes another look ahead to the big UK show of the year.

As the Hillhead 2014 exhibition draws inexorably closer, Diggers and Dozers has taken another exclusive look ahead at the machines that will be making the headlines at the year’s biggest equipment show.

The second edition includes demolition equipment from Rammer and Bobcat, together with an intriguing teaser at another piece of equipment that is demolition-bound from Miller Groundbreaking.

Grimsby skyline set to change…

Six tower blocks face axe.

The Grimsby skyline could be changed forever under proposals to demolish six iconic high-rise blocks and two blocks of maisonettes in the East Marsh.

Residents and staff were informed of Shoreline Housing Partnership’s plans yesterday, as a consultation period got underway, allowing all interested parties to have their say before a decision is made in September.

If approved, a total of 638 homes – and an estimated 700 people – would be affected.

Tony Bramley, the chief executive of the housing charity, said: “Put simply, the cost of keeping the blocks is significantly more than the cost of removing them – we can’t justify spending millions on aging and unpopular stock that could be better spent improving our accommodation, providing future services and investing in new developments – and we therefore propose it is in the long-term interest of Shoreline and our tenants to demolish them.”

Read more here.

Winkler Hall set to fall…

Appalachian State University landmark faces explosive end.

The team at Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC will be making final preparations at Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University before the structure is imploded at 8 am (local time) this Sunday (weather permitting).

A 1,000-foot perimeter has been identified by the contractors, D.H. Griffin Company, beyond which only authorized personnel will be admitted. Because a clear line of sight outside the safety perimeter is limited, the implosion can best be viewed by webcast .

Built in 1974, the 11-story residence hall housed 132 students. Because the cost to renovate Winkler Hall proved to be impractical, the building is being razed. The site will be analyzed as a potential location for a new residence hall.

Read more here.

Who says Americans don’t get high reach…

Demolition man meets immovable object.

Dennis Rodman 1For as long as DemolitionNews has been in existence, we have bemoaned the ongoing failure of the American demolition sector to embrace the high reach excavator so beloved on this side of the pond.

Turns out, those Yankees already know a thing or two about high reach, as this photo so clearly demonstrates.

That seemingly tiny person on the right is demolition man and our long-time buddy Rick Wilson who – under normal circumstances – is actually considered human-sized.

That human high reach in the middle who is dwarfing everything around him, however, is none other than basketball legend, tattoo and piercing collector, wedding dress aficionado and former Mr Carmen Electra, Dennis Rodman.

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