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Video – Stunning Belgrave flyover demolition…

We have been waiting weeks to share this with you – and it’s finally here.

We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of this combined live action/drone action video from AR Demolition several weeks ago; and we have been chomping at the bit to share it with you.

And now the final edits are done and the voice-over is in place, we can finally show you what we believe to be the best demolition film of the year so far. It covers the complex and challenging demolition of the Belgrave flyover in the heart of Leicester, and features some incredible imagery captured over several days.

Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.

Jobs – Ling lures supervisor…

Ling Group seeks a Kent-based demolition supervisor.

LING LOGOAs an air of positivity continues to wash over the London and Southern demolition region, Ling Group has become the latest company to seek to swell its ranks.

The company is actively seeking a qualified demolition supervisor will be responsible for the day to day running of small to large scale projects, supervising operatives, plant and equipment, completing relevant paperwork as well as operating plant and equipment.

The successful candidate will be fully trained to carry out a wide range of duties and be able to ensure works confirm to current legislation and directives as well as company policies ensuring the health and safety of all persons on site.

For full details of this exciting role, please visit our sister website Demolition-Jobs.co.uk.

Video – Coleman reiterates stay-away message…

Birmingham-based contractor issues video stay clear warning ahead of Didcot blast.

With the clock ticking for this week’s widely-anticipated cooling tower implosion at the Didcot power station, Coleman and Company has restated its desire for local people to stay clear of the site in a unique new video.

The company has previously stated that such implosions “are not a public event” and that, in the interest of health and safety, onlookers and implosion enthusiasts should make use of the dedicated Ustream live video stream to watch the controlled explosion from the comfort and safety of their own homes:

Belated farewell…

Marking the passing of Graham Fry of G Fry Demolition whose funeral took place late last week.

It is with regret that we must belatedly report the passing of Graham Fry, managing director of Nottingham-based Fry Demolition.

Born in 1952 and a former farmer, Fry was a well-known and much-respected member of the Midlands demolition scene.

Our thoughts, as always, are with his wife Janet, family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

Video – Bombed out…

Rotar pulveriser gets to grips with bomb-proof radar station.

A former World War II bomb-proof radar station is proving no match for a state-of-the-art piece of demolition machinery.

Durham-based MGL Demolition is using the Rotar RDP42 pulveriser to make light work of demolishing the reinforced concrete station at RAF Boulmer.

The station, which used to have a 57-tonne radar on top is two stories high with roofs and floors which are 600 mm thick and the walls up to 1 metre thick.

The work is part of one of eight contracts MGL are currently undertaking on behalf of Carillion Enterprise, an industry partner of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) – the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) property and services provider.

The pulveriser is the most recent addition to MGL Demolition’s range of plant, and workmen are so impressed by its capabilities, they have already nicknamed it the ‘Special One’.

Derek Watt, Contracts Manager for MGL Demolition, said: “We are extremely impressed with the Rotar RDP42. After seeing the demonstration that Worsley Plant arranged for us, we had no option but to buy it.

“It is extremely efficient on tough jobs and we are saving both time and money on projects due to its superior productivity. We are definitely looking at adding more Rotar demolition attachments to our range of equipment, and look forward to an ongoing relationship with Worsley Plant.”

Safety blitz highlights industry failings…

Enforcement action required at one in six sites.

A national targeted inspection focussing on health risks for construction workers saw enforcement action taken at one in six of hundreds of sites visited.

During a concentrated two-week period of proactive inspections, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) demanded improvements, and in some cases put an immediate stop to work activities, where they fell short of expected standards.

Inspectors focussed on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration.

Final figures have yet to be confirmed, but conditions were so poor in some situations that the work had to be stopped on at least 13 occasions.

A total of 560 sites were visited and enforcement notices were served at 85 of them. Thirteen Prohibition Notices were served (where certain work or practices must be stopped until improvements are made), and 107 Improvement Notices. A total of 239 health-related Notices of Contravention were served at 201 of the sites.

HSE’s Chief Inspector, Heather Bryant, said:

“We recognise the construction sector’s progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured by its activities. But it is clear from these figures that there is an unacceptable toll of ill-health and fatal disease in the industry.

“So, to encourage the industry to treat health issues in the same way as safety, HSE’s inspectors will consolidate the efforts of this initiative throughout the rest of the year by looking at the prevention and control of health risks in construction, alongside their continued assessment of the management of safety risk issues.

“We will make sure the construction industry ‘Thinks health’ as well as safety.”

Video – Miners bid farewell to tower…

Blast drops South Yorkshire coal mine landmark.

The tower at South Yorkshire Maltby coal mine is no more.

Situated in England’s Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, the Yorkshire coal mine has been in existence since 1914. At its peak, the mine was capable of producing more than one million tons of coal a year.

Ex-miners and surface workers gathered to see the 78-meter high building reduced to rubble.

Read more here, or view the video below:

Video – Bridge blast raises drone near-miss fears…

Safety fears after pilot reports near miss with drone in Cleveland.

The FAA is continuing its investigation into a near miss with a drone reported by a helicopter pilot over Cleveland last Friday.

According to local news reports, the pilot was at 1,700 feet – well above the permitted 400 foot drone flight ceiling – when the drone passed less than 50 yards from his helicopter.

In an unrelated incident, NewsChannel 5 has learned that there was a TFR, or Temporary Flight Restriction, issued during Saturday’s demolition of the old Innerbelt Bridge.

During that TFR and implosion of the bridge, Cleveland Aerial Media videotaped the implosion with a drone despite the TFR.

Anthony Serio with Cleveland Aerial Media said they were unaware of the TFR, until after the demolition.

Read the full story here, or view the video below:

Sellafield’s tallest stack to fall…

Tallest chimney at Sellafield site to be meticulously deconstructed.

Vinci subsidiary Nuvia has been handed the tricky tasks of taking down the tallest chimney stack at the Sellafield nuclear plant, according to industry news portal, The Construction Index.

The 61 metre tall chimney sits on top of the 11-storey First Generation Reprocessing Plant, standing 122 metres high in total.

It is right in the centre of one of the busiest areas of the site, so cannot just be knocked down or blown up. Instead it will be surgically dismantled using a special platform, a process that will take several years to complete. Some 600 tonnes of concrete and rebar and more than 25 tonnes of stainless steel will be removed, bit by bit.

Project manager Matthew Hodgson said: “The job of bringing down the stack is going to be a delicate operation to ensure 100% safety of all personnel and surrounding nuclear plants. We have employed Nuvia Limited who has been working with us and a number of other contractors, including Delta Steeplejacks, for the last three years on the demolition scheme.

“Obviously conventional demolition using explosives is not feasible therefore we will use an ingenious self-climbing platform which will bring the chimney down bit by bit in a controlled manner.”

Read more here.

Keltbray to out “grot spot”…

Final credits roll at Tunbridge Wells much maligned cinema.

Demolition of a derelict town centre cinema in Kent, branded as a “grot spot” is due to start this week.

The former ABC cinema in the centre of Tunbridge Wells has been derelict for nearly 14 years despite a number of demolition and redevelopment plans.

Work was due to start on Monday but work to make safe the electricity and gas supplies has delayed demolition.

A former dental surgery on the site will pulled down first, with the project due to take 12 weeks.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Chapelard, who has campaigned for the redevelopment of the site, has previously called it the town’s “number one grot spot”.

Read more here.

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