The Break Fast Show #695

In today’s show: Forged in fire – What makes Kobelco machines special; horses for courses – How Volvo electric machines thrive in an equestrian environment; an unusual tracked carrier lighten the load; and an Ohio demolition spectacle.

PLUS how one of our own will be taking Intermat 2024 by storm.

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Who is getting ousted?

NFDC rule change surely has a target in mind.

Following a meeting 0n 21 March, the National Federation of Demolition Contractors has announced a rule change. Henceforth, NFDC Officer positions from Regional Vice-Chairman up to President can only be held by persons who have been employed on a PAYE basis for a minimum of two years by the NFDC member company they wish to represent. 

This means that no self-employed persons or sub-contractors linked to NFDC members can be voted into or hold an officer position within the NFDC.

On the face of it, this is an innocuous change; the closing of an administrative loophole, perhaps. But history suggests that the NFDC does not do innocuous. In all likelihood, this is NOT the Federation loosing off an aimless shotgun blast. This smacks of a stiletto aimed between the ribs of someone or multiple someones whose face – it has been decided – no longer fits.

Is it someone within that is wanted out; or is it someone that is already out by not out quite far enough? We don’t currently know.

But this feels less like the closing of a loophole, and more like the tightening of a noose.

Worker killed by falling attachment

A Kent-based company has been fined £175,000 following the death of an employee.

Liam McArdle, from Gravesend, was fatally crushed by an excavator attachment while working for Erith Plant Services Limited on 21 September 2021. A demolition grab, attached to an excavator, fell onto the 24-year-old while it was loaded onto a lorry at Erith Plant Services Limited’s workshop at Eastern Quarry on Watling Steet, Swanscombe.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found Erith Plant Services Limited failed to ensure there was a safe method of work while loading and unloading excavators and attachments. The company failed to ensure steps were taken to ensure HGV drivers fully engaged the quick hitch when moving attachments during loading and unloading activities. There was also no defined segregation between vehicles and pedestrians at the firm’s Eastern Quarry workshop, nor was there suitable supervision of work activities.

HSE guidance states the plan for any lifting operation must address the foreseeable risks involved in the work and identify the appropriate resources, including people, necessary for the safe completion of the job.

Liam’s father says the pain since losing his son has been unbearable. Declan McArdle said in his victim personal statement: “The pain of losing my son has been and will continue to be unbearable. Liam worked hard and wanted to learn. He wanted to follow in my footsteps, and I was proud of the person he was becoming.

Erith Plant Services Limited, of Queen Street, Erith, Kent pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £37,804 in costs at Woolwich Crown Court on 27 March 2024.

The Break Fast Show #694

In today’s show: Tackling the leaning tower of Taiwan; I have seen the future. And the future is modular. Dynaset and the law of attraction; and a US company can now see the wood for the trees, thanks to John Deere.

PLUS ahead of Intermat 2024, we catchup with compaction giant Bomag.

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The Break Fast Show #693

In today’s show: Caterpillar is beaming; another satisfied Hyundai customer; the rise of the robots; and we are feeling Bullish about this Indian-built skid steer.

PLUS we are getting ready for Intermat 2024.

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The Break Fast Show #692

In today’s show: No Bull. The Indians claim this is the world’s best backhoe loader. We’re taking a look at JCB’s new excavator operating system; how demolition crews are working round the clock in the aftermath of the Baltimore bridge collapse; and meet the Robot Brickie.

PLUS Komatsu is primed and ready to take Intermat 2024 by storm.

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The Break Fast Show #691

In today’s show: Showcasing the latest addition to Kobelco’s zero tailswing excavator range; JCB’s Rhys Bradbury gives us the lowdown on the company’s all new and all electric site dumper; how CASE Construction Equipment is supporting customers in the UAE; and what will they think of next? A folding, remote control forklift, perhaps?

PLUS it is love at first sight for Manitou

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The Break Fast Show #690

In today’s show: Kubota celebrates 50 years in Europe; we’re taking a closer look at the JCB Raptor; and we’re sticking with tilt rotators as we catch up with Joe Westman of Steelwrist UK.

We’re off to Marseille to see a sugar silo being meticulously taken apart; PLUS with Intermat barrelling towards us like a runaway freight train, we’ll be looking ahead to the LiuGong display.

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The Break Fast Show #689

In today’s show: The slowest car chase in history as a disgruntled worker makes a break in a wheel loader; Bobcat goes Rogue; the Midnight hour is upon us, thanks to New Holland Construction; let’s make some noise for CASE and the sound of silence; and we have a double-whammy of Intermat previews.

PLUS what the Hell is happening at the various construction industry trade associations?

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The Break Fast Show #688

In today’s show: Danish dumpers dazzle – But are they Hot or Not? Avant charges ahead with its battery technology; JCB offers greater excavator precision with IntelliGrade; and we’re making the CASE for a new wheel loader.

PLUS Volvo shows off a rehandling specification L180H wheel loader.

But before all that, we have the small matter of today’s Mystery Join us LIVE for your daily fix of news, views, video and comment from the world of demolition and construction.

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