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Brace for Winter…

As the UK awakes to a blanket of snow, some timely advice on staying safe this winter.

Swathes of the UK awoke this morning to a blanket of snow. And while British snow flurries would be taken in the stride of our Scandinavian and North American counterparts, the official arrival of winter brings with it a very specific set of potential hazards.

To help you combat the cold and stay safe this winter, occupational health professional and founder of Building Health Nichola Elvy has prapared her top tips for staying safe and healthy this winter:

Serious risks:
• Hypothermia
• Trench foot, from having cold and wet feet
• Frostbite

Proper clothing and suitable PPE will reduce the risk of workers suffering these conditions. However special consideration should be given to staff with pre-existing medical conditions that are exacerbated by cold weather, such as asthma and hand arm vibration syndrome.

Less serious risks:
• Dry skin
• Chapped lips
• Sunburn when there are clear skies despite the cold
• Ultra-violet damage to eyes from sun exposure

Workers such as security and traffic marshals can be the worst affected because they aren’t able to keep warm by moving.

Tips to keep warm on site:
• A healthy breakfast, such as porridge, when you wake up will make your body work to keep you warm.
• Hot drinks and meals during the day will keep you warm.
• A fried breakfast mid-morning will not kick-start your body’s metabolism.

It is even worth giving staff free instant porridge when they arrived at site or at the yard to help them cope with the cold.
Final tip:

Don’t let your toilets and hand-washing facilities freeze over – because this could stop work.

The subject of winter working safety is also addresed in the latest episode of Demolition News Radio. You can listen to this episode below:

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Video – The all-new Demolition TV is here!

Closing out Season 2 of Demolition TV with a bang.

Yes, you could watch The Sound of Music for the umpteenth time. Sure, you could settle down on your sofa and catch the Queen’s Speech. And you could probably question why TV channels no longer bring the family together in quite the same way as the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Specials.

Alternatively, you could sit back and watch close on 20 minutes of 100 percent exclusive new demolition footage from the final episode of Demolition TV for 2017.

The show will be back – refreshed – in the New Year. But, until then, sit back and enjoy:

Video – Maltese chimneys fall at the double…

High reach topples pair of power station chimneys.

The last two of the Marsa Power Station’s five chimneys were demolished this morning, Enemalta said in a statement.

The chimneys were among the few remaining structures of the 1953 Marsa Power Station, which was put on cold standby in 2015 and fully disconnected from the national electricity network to be demolished earlier this year. The site is expected to be completely cleared in the beginning of 2018.

The first structure demolished, a 42-metre concrete chimney, was built in 1970. It formed part of the first extension of the Marsa B Power Station, which included two HFO-fired boilers and two 30-megawatt turbines.

The second chimney that was pulled down on Thursday was part of the 1986 Unit 8, the largest electricity generator of the Marsa Power Station, which was switched off for the last time in February 2015. This Unit included a dual-fuel (HFO/coal) boiler and a 60-megawatt steam turbine, which was brought to Malta from a power station in Little Barford, Bedfordshire, England.

Read more here, or view the video below:

Downwell bags BCLive award…

Company wins sub contractor of the year at glittering event.

The great and the good of the UK construction industry gathered yesterday at the world-famous Savoy Hotel for The Builders’ Conference Christmas Luncheon and the BCLive Awards.

And Downwell Demolition represented the demolition sector to great effect, picking up the sub contractor of the year award against stiff competition.

According to The Builders Conference CEO Neil Edwards, Downwell Demolition demonstrated “strong client, consultant and supply chain relationships and/or collaboration leading to improved project outcome; excellent project delivery including value for money and reliability; and an exemplary attitude towards their people and workforce including training and development whilst prioritising health and safety.”

The award was collected by Downwell Demolition’s Steve Padmore and Alan Knight.

Other winners ont eh day included equipment manufacturer JCB whose Hydradig wheeled excavator piked up the Innovation Award; and Kier Group which – with £2.2 billion in new contract awards during 2017 – walked away with the coveted Contractor of the Year Award.

Maltese monster versus robot rampage…

Demolition robots to tackle Malta’s tallest structure.

Remote-controlled demolition robots will start demolishing the Delimara 1 power station chimney at the end of January.

Enemalta said it is currently erecting a platform and scaffolding required to take down the 150-metre chimney.

“In January, remote-controlled demolition robots will gradually start demolishing the chimney’s concrete structure,” Enemalta said.

The remote-controlled demolition robots on top of the platform will demolish the first 1.5 metres of the concrete walls. The platform will then be lowered 1.5 metres for the demolition robots to continue the demolition. This process will be repeated approximately 80 times until the chimney is lowered to 35 metres. At this point, the platform will be dismantled and the remaining part of the stack will be demolished using a high reach demolition excavator from ground level.

Built in 1992, the Delimara 1 plant, included two HFO boilers, two 60MW steam turbines as well as the 150-metre chimney made of reinforced concrete.

The chimney structure comprises a cylindrical concrete shield rising up more than 50 storeys, with a base diameter of 12 metres. The concrete walls are two metres thick at the bottom and 60 centimetres on top. Inside the concrete structure, there are two 2.3 metre steel exhaust pipes that emit the smoke produced by the oil-fired boilers.

The Planning Authority gave the go-ahead for the demolition method in August.

Video – Silverdome succumbs…

Stadium falls at second time of asking.

The second time’s a charm.

Crews tried once again to demolish the upper ring of the Pontiac Silverdome yesterday afternoon after Sunday’s failure, and this time they succeeded, or at least made progress.

At about 4:05 pm local time, an ear-rattling boom sounded in Pontiac and the black metal exterior of the upper bowl of the Silverdome disappeared in cloud of dust, exposing the concrete innards of the stadium, which remain standing.

The second explosion, announced less than 30 minutes before detonation, left tardy gawkers disappointed they didn’t get to see it.

Video – Adamo investigating Silverdome stand-up…

Contractor believes severed wires may have caused implosion to fail.

The demolition company involved in yesterday’s failed explosive demolition at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit faced the world’s media today as investigations were ongoing into the cause of the stand-up.

According to Adam Group’s executive vice president Rick Cuppetilli, the kicking charges appear to have detonated as planned, but the eight shaped charges that were responsible for cutting the structural steel did not. As a result, the structure stood firm.

Investigations are ongoing to ascertain whether those charges can be rewired and fired or if the structure will have to come down using mechanical means.

Video – Clemson House crumbles…

CDI chalks up another text book blast.

Hundreds gathered on the Clemson University campus on Sunday morning to witness the explosive end of the Clemson House accommodation block.

Neuber Demolition and Environmental Services worked for the last several months to clear the building of its windows, interior partitions, stairwells and other materials that could potentially fly out of the exclusion zone set up around the demolition site, Doud said.

Seismic tests were also conducted to determine any effect the explosions would have on the integrity of surrounding structures, and an exclusion zone was set up to protect people nearby from dust, debris and the loudness of the explosions.

Last week, Controlled Demolition came in and drilled nearly 500 holes on the ground, third and fifth floors, which they filled with explosives used in the implosion.

Read more here, or view the video footage below:

Demolition to end lewd jokes…

If you’re even remotely mature, this article is not for you.

Upstanding members of a local community in Australia are celebrating news that a local landmark and constant butt of lewd jokes is about to be removed from the skyline.

The unfortunately-shaped Queen’s Wharf Tower in Newcastle, New South Wales was erected as part of Australia’s bicentenary celebrations in 1988.

But from the outset, the structure has been hard-on the eyes of locals and visitors from around the world who could not help but notice the distinct phallic shape of the building that thrusts into the air.

According to local newspaper reports, the 180 steps leading to the circular observation tower will remain open for another six months. After that, contractors will not be dicking around and will reduce the tower’s size and rigidity faster than a night on the beer.

Read more here.

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Video – Despe aims high…

Another epic video from an epic company.

Christmas came early at Demolition News Towers this morning when the fine folks at Italian demolition giant Despe kindly sent us their latest video. And, as ever with this classy contractor, the video is a two-minute marvel.

Sit back and watch one of the world’s foremost demolition firms do what they do best (and check out Despe’s other video content over on their Facebook page too:

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