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Video – Poetry in motion…

Poem dedicated to Thompsons of Prudhoe.

It is not every demolition contractor that can claim to have a poem dedicated to it. But UK contractor Thompsons of Prudhoe has achieved this notable honour as this artistic video demonstrates.

Poet Garry Franks, who wrote the poem and performs it in the film, is a former resident of the Chandless Estate tower block recently demolished by Thompsons of Prudhoe.

Thompsons of Prudhoe from Stevie Ronnie on Vimeo.

Carroll leaves Kocurek…

General manager to seek new challenges.

In a surprise statement, Kocurek Excavators has announced the departure of general manager Brian Carroll.

The statement reads:

It is with regret that we have to announce that Brian Carroll (General Manager) is leaving the company on 29th May 2015, to embark on a new chapter of his career and a change of direction.

Brian, who joined Kocurek Excavators in 2007, is leaving to pursue the new challenge and the board of directors of Kocurek Excavators wishes him well in the next stage of his career.

It goes without saying that we value his contribution to the growth of the business over the last 8 years which has seen us become World leaders in specialist demolition specification machines.

The company will continue to prosper and we will be announcing new appointments as and when they are made.

There will be no further statements forthcoming.

Demolition magazine is BACK…!

The 2015 Comeback Special is live NOW and ready to read.

After a brief hiatus, the world’s biggest and most widely-read demolition publication is back with a new design, new format and more independent content than others would dare dream about.

So, without further ado, please start reading below:

Supervisor found guilty over Keysham fatality…

Former EDS man awaits sentencing.

Site supervisor Paul Priestley has been found guilty of a failure of care after a worker plunged to his death whilst gutting the former Cadbury’s Somerdale factory in Keynsham.

Priestley, 54, of Halifax, denied failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others at work, contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

James Stacey was using a mini-digger to push a large piece of fibreglass tank from the fourth floor of the building, Bristol Crown Court heard. But the machine’s toothed bucket snagged on the tank, causing him and the machine to plummet with it to the ground. The 31-year-old, from Barry, died instantly, the court heard.

Priestley’s firm Euro Dismantling Services Ltd admitted wrongdoing and he will be sentenced with them later.

After the verdict was returned Stacey’s mother Gillian, 66, from Barry, said: “James never stopped smiling. He was a wonderful son and brother and, most of all, a wonderful dad to Molly and a loving partner to Hannah.”

Read more here.

Video – DemolitionNews Video Review – Episode #4…

No time for monkeying around; it’s weekly video time.

It’s that time of the week again; that time when we break out the video camera and remind myself (a) that I really can’t shake off my south London accent, (b) just how crooked my once broken nose is, and (c) just how fair my hair has receded.

But it’s also time to look back at our round-up of the latest and greatest new demolition films uncovered, begged, borrowed and stolen by our video department.

So grab the popcorn and follow the little green hand to demolition film heaven:

Erith on the Grid…

Kent-based contractor adds to trophy collection.

Erith has achieved another notable success – this time at the ‘2015 National Grid Property Awards’ – scooping the ‘Outstanding SHE Performance Award’.

Erith’s success was as a result of demonstrating an outstanding SHE performance across the past 12 months for works carried out for National Grid Property Holdings.

Internal HSE campaigns, investment in training and innovative methodologies, were all key ingredients in ensuring Erith’s HSE performance remained at the forefront of delivery.

James Hiom, Erith’s HSE Director commented “This award is a testament to the strong ethos we have as a business and we will continue to strive to leave a safety legacy”.

Video – Costello stays behind after school…

Architectural significance of school fails to halt demolition.

Despite opposition from preservationists (yep, them again), Costello Dismantling is busily consigning the Martin Luther King Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the history books.

The Martin Luther King Elementary School (1968-1971) was designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert (Sert, Jackson and Associate). The school compliments the many other buildings in Cambridge that Sert worked on while also teaching at Harvard University, including the Peabody Terrace Graduate Housing complex just across the street.

Sert's MLK Elementary School Demolition from Ana María León on Vimeo.

Jobs – Downwell maintains recruitment drive…

Kent-based contractor on expansion trail.

Downwell Demolition has been one of the success stories of the past few years, emerging through the recession as a significant force in London and the south east.

And it appears that the company has no intention of letting that momentum slide.

It is currently seeking demolition plant operators and supervisors (CCDO/SSSTS/SMSTS) for work throughout the South for major clients.

Demolition experience is essential. Continuous Training will be given throughout the term of employment.

The successful candidates will work within an expanding and forward thinking company. A good package is available to the right candidates.

Either call head office on 01342 893608 or E mail CV to

Video – Cavalier attitude…

Virginia Beach hotel demolition watched from on high.

With the weather here in the UK the usual May mix of sunshine and hailstones, this video is likely to make you long for the long, hot days of summer; the feeling of sand between your toes; the waves lapping gently on the shore.

This is the demolition of the “new” Cavalier Hotel on Virginia Beach shot from on high by another pesky drone.

Demolishing the Cavalier from A Story in the Sky on Vimeo.

Bridge implosion eyed for late June…

Donora-Webster Bridge to be removed from landscape by summer.

Pennsylvania state expects the historic Donora-Webster Bridge to be removed from the landscape by late June, the demolition project manager said.

The contractor will use heavy equipment and cranes to remove smaller sections of the span over Norfolk Southern rail lines in Donora in preparation for the implosion that will send most of the bridge into the Monongahela River, said Dominec Caruso, the project manager for the state Department of Transportation.

“It really is going to look different down there,” Caruso said Monday, when workers were removing the concrete deck in Donora.

PennDOT closed the 107-year-old bridge to traffic six years ago because of its deteriorating condition. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its design, a distinction that wasn’t enough to save it from demolition. PennDOT will save small pieces of the steel and stone for Donora and Rostraver Township.

Beech Construction Inc. of Carnegie has a $2.6 million contract to eliminate the bridge before the end of August.

PennDOT was still reviewing Beech’s demolition plans, and could stall the implosion until July, Caruso said.

Read more here.

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