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Firms fined over PG&E blast…

Companies fined over shrapnel blast that injured bystanders.

The state has cited and issued fines to two companies that worked as subcontractors on the implosion of a central California power plant whose shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators gathered to watch the spectacle. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, fined Dubois, Wyo.-based Demtech Inc. $14,000 and Lincoln, Calif.-based Alpha Explosives $14,400 for the same “serious” violations in the Aug. 3 demolition of the long vacant Pacific Gas & Electric plant, The Bakersfield Californian and KBAK radio reported Monday.

The companies failed to properly evaluate the dangers of the semi-gelatin dynamite and charges used in the demolition, the strength of the structural columns where the charges were placed and the size of the blast area, according to Cal-OSHA’s investigation. Alpha got a slightly larger fine for lacking a permit, KBAK reported.

An agency spokesman told the Bakersfield Californian that no action will be taken against property owner PG&E or the Covina, Calif.-based primary contractor, Cleveland Wrecking Co. The agency also said that if the two subcontractors do not appeal their fines by Feb. 15, the investigation would be closed.

Read more here.

Industry claims another victim…

Police name man killed in accident at disused factory as Stuart Thompson.

A worker who died in an accident at a disused factory has been named by police.

Stuart Thompson, 43, was killed in a “work-related” incident at the site of the former Grampian Country Pork plant in Great Western Road, Buckie, at about 5pm on Monday.

The accident is understood to have happened when the building was being dismantled.

Mr Thompson, from Lancashire, died at the scene from his injuries, Police Scotland said.

A force spokeswoman said: “Inquiries into the incident are at an early stage and police are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the full circumstances.”

An HSE spokeswoman said: “We can confirm we are investigating alongside Police Scotland.”

Video – Blast pops Metrodome cables…

Stadium demolition continues with cable cutting blast.

While the eyes of the world were focused on the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for last night’s Seahawks demolition of the Broncos to claim the Vince Lombardi trophy in the 48th SuperBowl, crews were carrying out a demolition of their own at the MetroDome.

Following the deflation of the stadium’s domed roof just over a week ago, the cable stays that held the roof aloft were dropped in a controlled explosion.

Video – Up close with new Cat excavator…

Diggers and Dozers kicks off Cat Week with look around new Cat 374F.

Caterpillar’s dominance at this year’s ConExpo exhibition in Las Vegas is such that our friends over at Diggers and Dozers has actually designated this week as Cat Week in which it will share a film featuring a new Caterpillar product each day for the next five working days.

To kick things off, Diggers and Dozers is featuring an exclusive film of the new Cat 374F excavator, part of the new Caterpillar F Series that is scheduled to make its international public debut at the Vegas show in March.

You can check out this new machine below, but please be sure to visit the Diggers and Dozers YouTube channel tomorrow for another new Cat machine.

Bradford & Bingley building blighted by bats…

Hibernating bats delay demolition of former Bradford & Bingley HQ.

Dozing bats are delaying demolition of the derelict Bradford & Bingley headquarters, say owners Sainsbury’s.

Hidden hibernating pipistrelles mean the building cannot be knocked down as planned and must wait for the protected animals to awake in spring, the supermarket giant has told “bitterly disappointed” MP Philip Davies.

Last year, Sainsbury’s said it would level the towering block to create a more marketable level site which it would sell to any business – even rival supermarkets.

The demolition was scheduled to begin in January after Bingley shops had made the most of Christmas trading. But when Davies requested an update on progress, he said he was stunned to learn of the latest problem.

He said: “I have been chasing up Sainsbury’s to get on with demolishing the old B&B site as they pledged, and so I was bitterly disappointed to hear from them that the work was being delayed due to bats.

“I would not like there to be any suspicion that Sainsbury’s are dragging their feet and I will also be asking Bradford Council to work with Sainsbury’s to help ensure that the work is carried out, within the law, at the earliest opportunity”

Read more here.

Video – Germans claim European implosion record…

Media reports claim new European blast record.

The 116 metre tall former university tower AfE in Frankfurt came down in seconds yesterday in what is claimed to be the largest controlled building demolition ever in Europe.

It required 950 kilogrammes of explosives to bring down the 41-year-old tower, the German newspaper Bild reported.

A 250 metre exclusion zone was set up around the tower before the explosion, and people were banned from entering the surrounding streets from midnight.

The high-rise building was originally going to be demolished gradually, but authorities decided to blast it after residents objected to lengthy and noisy demolition work.

Two new office towers will be built on the site.

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Video – OH MY GOD!!

Building collapses onto busy street while being demolished.

We have no idea where this happened, although the voices in the background sound Far Eastern to my British ears. But regardless of location, this is one of the worst unplanned collapses I have seen for quite some time.

Not only is it wholly unplanned and unexpected, it appears that much of the block falls onto a street packed with pedestrians, cars, motorcycles.

Jobs – TDS recruiting across the board…

Multiple vacancies as TDS wins new work.

Technical Demolition Services is seeking Demolition Supervisors, Managers, Machine Operators, Burners, Asbestos Removal and General Operatives.

Due to multi national and international contract awards as part of the companies continued expansion plan Technical Demolition Services Ltd. require additional staff for contracts throughout the UK.

Suitable candidates will be fully experienced and hold the appropriate certified qualifications to undertake their work.

Applicants must have a current U.K. driving licence and above all must be hard working and enthusiastic and want to play an active part in an established, exciting and dynamic company.

For full details on how to apply, please visit the Demolition-Jobs.co.uk website NOW.

Book closes on Barnsley library…

Central library to be demolished to make way for college.

Plans to demolish a library to make way for a £17 million sixth form college have been approved by council bosses.

Barnsley Central Library will be demolished and the service relocated as part of regeneration plans for the town centre.

More than 13,000 campaigners signed petitions against Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s proposals to flatten the Shambles Street library.

But cabinet members approved the plans on Wednesday.

Barnsley College will pay for their new site with a £5.3m government grant and the scheme should be finished by the end of 2015.

Read the full BBC report here.

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