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Video – Red Lion roars its last…

Vancouver hotel comes down.

Demolition crews are demolishing the hotel portion of Red Lion Hotel in Vancouver.

This short but great-looking video captures the action:

Breaking News – Man killed in London explosion…

North London rocked by explosion at former petrol station.

camdenA man in his 50s died in an explosion at a site in north London earlier today, police have said.

Emergency services and the London Air Ambulance were called to an “industrial incident” on Swain’s Lane, Highgate, just after 14.00 GMT.

The site was once a petrol station and part of the demolition work required removing underground tanks.

The explosion “sounded like a bomb”, locals said. The area is cordoned off and police remain on scene.

Highgate councillor and Green London Assembly Member Sian Berry told the BBC that builders had been due to remove petrol tanks from the site this week.

She said: “It’s absolutely shocking. I was there last Friday and saw a big tank that used to store petrol. The first stage of construction was taking these tanks away.”

Read more here.

Scudder fined over lift shaft fatality…

Prosecution over fatal fall more than six years ago.

TE Scudder, together with a self employed contractor, have been fined for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured falling six storeys through a lift shaft.

Southwark Crown Court heard on 17 January 2011 work was being carried out to decommission a lift shaft in a building that was being converted into luxury apartments in the Victoria area, when the chain supporting the lift car broke while two men were working on top of it, causing it to fall to the bottom of the shaft.

One of the men was wearing a harness attached to the top of the lift car. Because he fell in the space between the car and shaft, he survived with serious injuries. The other man – Silviu Radulescu – was not wearing a harness and died instantly.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation and found that the planning and management of the project was inadequate in relation to work at height and the lift decommissioning work.

T E Scudder Ltd of Great Central Way, Wembley acted as the principle contractor and employer on site. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay £27,408 in costs.

Patrick Pearson of Broadway, Leigh on Sea, Essex, the director of Intervale Ltd, was the contract manager responsible for planning the decommissioning of lift shafts on site. He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He has been ordered to complete 120 hours community service and pay costs of £3000.

HSE Inspector Lisa Chappell said: “The hazards associated with working at height and lifting were not appropriately addressed in the planning stage of this project. Furthermore, those involved in planning the job did not have appropriate training in lifting operations.

“This case highlights the importance of proper planning when working at height. This work must be appropriately supervised and completed by competent people.”

Video – Leave it to the professionals…

40-watt club for the terminally dim welcomes first Russian member.

There is virtually no need for explanation here. Just take a look at the opening shot of the video below, and you will get a pretty good idea f what is about to transpire.

Sadly, the same cannot be said for the oxygen thief hitting that pre-weakened column with a rock:

Video – The wrecking ball that couldn’t wreck…

Have you ever seen anything more pathetic in your working life.

Winter storms buckled and twisted the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, cracking concrete and displacing columns and rendering the entire structure unsafe.

And so, Caltrans called in a crane equipped with a three tonne wrecking ball which it intended to drop repeatedly onto the bridge deck to commence the demolition works.

But as this video shows, the wrecking ball was hitting the deck with all the force of a pea dropped from a height of six inches, and making the wrecking ball a laughing stock among its peers in the wrecking ball community:

Big bang postponed…

Discovery of asbestos pushes back planned blast.

Mercy Medical Center officials have cancelled an implosion that was set for Sunday to bring down the three apartment buildings on the east side after a material that could be asbestos was discovered.

Crews will bring down the buildings through traditional demolition means as a safety precaution so as to not spread any of the material through an implosion.

Crews notified the state and will start the demolition after they do abatement work to remove the material. The demolition is expected to be complete this summer.

Video – Hammond Exchange building imploded…

Controlled explosion fells building in Atlanta.

The Hammond Exchange Building on the edge of Dunwoody was imploded two weeks ago with help from 500 pounds of explosives. We have no idea quite how this massive implosion bypassed our news-feed radar at the time but we are grateful to our subscriber Russ Gardiner for pointing out this major omission.

The 11-storey, 250,698-square-foot building, built in 1980, was officially vacated in late 2016.

Once cleared, the site will host Phase II of Park Center which will consist of two officer buildings and retail space – a large portion of which will be occupied by State Farm. The project is expected to be the largest corporate office project in metro Atlanta’s history and could be finished by 2020. The first tower was completed last October.

Video – For your viewing pleasure…

The latest (and longest) episode of Demolition TV is here.

The all-new episode of Demolition TV is here. Shot at five locations and featuring contributions from (among others) AR Demolition, Maylarch Environmental, Mick George Ltd, Shorts Group and several parts of the BBC, the new episode is our longest (and, in our opinion, best) episode to date.

You can watch the whole episode below (or on our YouTube channel) or you can use the following links to view a specific section:

We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Video – Montana power plant felled…

Brandenburg removes last vestiges of J.E. Corette plant.

The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings, Montana is fast disappearing. And as these two new films (the first featuring a welcome smidgen of Tom Petty) from demolition giant Brandenburg show, some of the largest parts of the facility are now on the ground:

PPL Montana mothballed Corette last April because the 47-year-old plant didn’t meet mercury pollution standards.

Video – Bratislava building battered…

Time-lapse captures all the high reach action.

We can tell you virtually nothing about this video. However, in our determination to feature demolition footage from the four corners of the globe, an opportunity to bring you a film from Bratislava (a first for us) was just too good to pass up:

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