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Video – The Queens Park rangers…

Time-lapse captures final phase of Queens Park demolition.

The flats at Queens Park in Blackpool went out in spectacular style. Now, just a few weeks after the successful implosion, Forshaw Demolition is entering the final phase of the demolition.

Queens Park demolition last bit from Chris Hives on Vimeo.

Video – Water tower downed…

Aerial footage as water tower falls.

This video manages to combine two of our favourite things: a water tower falling; and aerial videography.

Our thanks to Eslich Wrecking for sharing this video with us:

Canadian company fined…

Prosecution after worker struck by excavator bucket.

Sean Teperman Consulting Corp., a family-owned construction company that specializes in demolition services in the construction industry, pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker suffered a critical injury.

On April 10, 2014 the company was engaged in the demolition of a building located at 282 St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto. A worker who had begun employment with the company the day before was assigned the task of assisting in loading dump trucks with debris. An excavator was used to lift debris and place it in the open-box bed of a dump truck. The worker was instructed to act as a spotter for the operator of the excavator and to be positioned inside the bed of the truck; the worker was to remain within the box while debris was being loaded.

The worker was struck by the moving bucket attached to the excavator. The worker was taken to hospital.

The Ministry of Labour investigation found that, based on the positioning of the excavator bucket and the worker in the bed of the dump truck, the worker was not visible to the operator of the excavator. The Construction Projects Regulation states that “no worker shall remain on or in a vehicle, machine or equipment while it is being loaded or unloaded if the worker might be endangered by remaining there.” In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that an employer ensure that a worker works in the manner and with the protective measures and procedures required by the Construction Projects Regulation.

Sean Teperman Consulting Corp. pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Sunny Ng in Toronto court on August 11, 2016.

Read more here.

Video – Watch the mall fall…

Aerial video captures demolition of Oak Ridge Mall.

Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Mall is being redeveloped; and the demolition process is well underway.

This drone video captures the demolition action while showing the sheer scale of the 23 hectare site:

Video – Aussie hospital pulled…

Old Northam Hospital downed to make way for supermarket development.

The old Northam Hospital in Western Australia was demolished yesterday.

Northam Shire approved of the demolition in February this year, after the building was disused for the past two decades.

Aldi and Coles Supermarkets and a petrol station vendor plan to develop on the site.

Keltbray bags first HS2 contract…

Demolition giant to carry out demolition works at Euston Station.

The £55 billion HS2 rail project, which will provide faster links from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, has awarded its first demolition contract. And Keltbray has won the prestigious project.

According to Construction News, Keltbray will carry out the £2 million contract to demolish the Vezey Wing of the National Temperance Hospital which currently sits on the site of the proposed new Euston station.

The job will be the first phase of demolition work at the site and will begin in the autumn.

Collard keeps it in the family…

Robert Collard acquires father’s business.

Robert Collard with M Collard lorry_lowresR Collard Ltd, the Hampshire based demolition, waste management and haulage company, today announced the acquisition of Reading-based M Collard Waste Management Ltd. The company will assimilate the business, assets and goodwill into its existing operations. The long-established family-run business will inevitably make a good fit with existing business at R Collard sharing the ethos that has underpinned the success of both companies.

M Collard Waste Management Ltd has been trading for 40 years in Berkshire and Surrey. Owned by Mick Collard, father of R Collard Ltd’s Managing Director, Robert Collard, the company is well known in the area and has a significant customer loyalty base. Coming under the R Collard Ltd umbrella will not only ensure continuity of service but also a greater range of products. The strategic acquisition expands R Collard’s business and increases its geographical scope to include Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey while at the same time protecting and creating jobs through investment in the local economy.

R Collard Ltd will now operate 5 licenced Waste Transfer Stations in Eversley, Aldershot, Bramshill, Farnham and Reading. It increases its number of skips to 2,000 and HGV fleet to 98, all of which will be co-ordinated from R Collard’s Customer Contact Centre in Eversley. The development of a new office block in Eversley, which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016, will accommodate staff relocating from M Collard.

R Collard has long held the philosophy that investment into skips and lorries must be maintained in order to be able to service its core business of managing demolition waste. This current acquisition not only increases the geographical footprint of the business and continues the strategy of sustained investment in equipment and workforce.

“This step is of enormous significance to me”, says Robert Collard, “I started my career working for my father and at the age of 23 set up on my own. We have always been hugely respectful of each other’s businesses and being based so near to each other has complimented and built on the Collard name to create a significant brand that customers can trust to give an efficient and reliable service. This move allows me to expand into my father’s territory with his blessing. The expansion suits my company’s long term strategy to be the major regional waste management company for the M3/M4 corridor and this addition to our business gives us the expanded trading base we were looking for.”

R Collard Limited began trading in 1995 so this year is celebrating its 21st anniversary. In 2015 the company managed over half a million tonnes of waste material and is driven by a ‘zero to landfill’ commitment. It has evolved to become one of the UK’s best-known and most respected demolition, waste management and remediation companies.

Video – Piece of cake at Pontefract…

Aerial footage of hospital demolition.

Yorkshire’s Pontefract General Infirmary is coming down; so what better time to get a drone to go up and check out the demolition works:

Top Detroit demolition official quits abruptly…

Departure comes amidst federal probe into demolition drive.

Jim Wright, a high-ranking Detroit demolition official, resigned on Wednesday. His departure comes amid a federal probe into the city’s program to tear down thousands of blighted properties.

As deputy director of the Detroit Building Authority, Wright helped select demolition contractors for the program, which has been allocated more than $250 million in federal funds.

A news release from the city announcing Wright’s resignation did not give a reason why he quit. Wright was paid no severance, according to the city’s announcement today.

Timothy Palazzolo, another Detroit demolition program manager, will take over Wright’s responsibilities. Palazzolo has worked for the Detroit Building Authority since April 2015. Before that, he spent 12 years with the city’s planning and development department.

“Tim has done a tremendous job managing our city-funded demolitions, so he is a natural fit to take on this added responsibility,” Detroit Building Authority Director Tyrone Clifton said in a statement.

Read more here.

Video – Our survey said…

Double-tendering, and how client penny-pinching is putting demolition lives at risk.

Well, it seems that double-tendering – the process of having to renegotiate a contract price having already won it – is not just rife in the UK demolition industry; it is now considered part and parcel of the sector.

Our recent survey on the subject (and which is now closed) revealed that more than 97 percent of all respondents have been the victim of double-tendering. The findings also suggest that clients are regularly seeking post-tender discounts of 20 and 30 percent to “sweeten the deal”.

But it is the comments from respondents that are the most telling.

To save you the bother of having to read swathes of charts and diagrams, we have encapsulated the findings of the survey into this short video.

Take a look and be sure to share it around the industry – Double-tendering is costing the industry a fortune; and it could so easily cost lives.

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