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Nice work if you can get it…

Alaskan Way Viaduct contract comes in at $93.7 million.

A contractor has been chosen to demolish the old Alaskan Way Viaduct, a 3 km overpass that runs through the city of Seattle and which is fast approaching its annihilation.

Kiewit Infrastructure West submitted the winning bid at $93.7 million, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced this week.

“It will be challenging to tear down a major highway in the heart of a booming city, but we’re looking forward to getting it done safely and as quickly as possible,” said WSDOT program administrator Brian Nielsen.

Demolition crews must cut and break apart brittle concrete within 25 feet of tech offices, a homeless-service center, historic brick buildings and a new apartment tower.

Screens or curtains are required, as are methods to limit ground vibrations. The state wouldn’t release technical details until a final contract is signed and more engineering is done.

Kiewit’s bid price is above WSDOT’s $83 million engineer’s estimate and within the agency’s planning range of $80 million to $100 million, spokeswoman Laura Newborn said.

The viaduct, which once carried more than 100,000 cars per day, will close permanently this fall, about three weeks before the new Highway 99 tunnel opens, bypassing downtown between Sodo and South Lake Union. During those weeks, surface ramps will be connected to the tunnel.

Major demolition would occur from January and last several months.

Read more here.

Firm fined over scaffolder injury…

Worker struck by concrete panel during link bridge demolition.

A demolition company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a concrete spandrel panel.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Vale Park Demolition Services Limited was contracted to demolish a link bridge structure at Littleborough Primary School, Rochdale. On 29 October 2015, an employee of GT Scaffolding North West Limited was struck by a concrete panel weighing approximately 500kg when he was removing scaffolding that was placed in front of the final part of the link bridge that was due to be demolished. He suffered from a broken right shoulder, five broken ribs, three fractures to the spine, a punctured lung and a broken left foot.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work was not suitably planned and the stability of the panel was not appropriately considered when removing the scaffolding.

Vale Park Demolition Services Limited of Hazelbottom Road, Crumpsall, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,397.64.

Video – Our biggest MailTime to date…

Your chance to win a bumper bag of Intermat goodies.

Late last night, the competition to win the contents of our two Steelwrist-branded goodie bags closed; and we’re pleased to announce that the winners are Paul Clarke and Jaidan Hill (and Jaidan, if you’re reading this, we need your postal address and emails keep bouncing back!)

And so, it’s time to kick-start what amounts to our biggest and most valuable MailTime competition yet. As you will see from the video, the latest goodie bag contains items such as virtual reality goggles, wireless headphones, safety goggles, a machine model, more hats than you will ever wear and enough USB thumb drives for you to download the entire contents of DemolitionNews with memory space to share.

Entering could not be easier – Just follow the instructions in the video and send your answer to the world’s easiest question to The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries received. The competition will close on Friday 1 June 2018.

Jail sentence for waste criminal…

Persistent waste criminal jailed for 26 months.

An estimated 26,000 cubic metres of waste was taken to an airfield in the West Midlands to be dumped, buried or burned illegally during the offending period. The waste consisted mainly of construction and demolition materials, including aluminum products which is classified as hazardous.

In a case brought by the Environment Agency, John Bruce was sentenced for six charges in relation to unpermitted waste activity at Ridgeway Park Farm, Throckmorton Airfield, Worcestershire. The court also ordered confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Bruce, who trades as UK Plant Services, operated under a fradulent waste carriers registration number. Heavy goods vehicles and articulated tippers removed waste from construction sites and permitted waste sites around the West Midlands. This was then deposited at the farm and disposed of on an industrial scale by burning and burial.

Over the course of the illegal operation, several high risk fires were reported causing misery for local residents, endangering health and causing air pollution. Responding to complaints from local residents, Environment Agency officers met with Bruce on a number of occasions, conducting site inspections and enforcing environmental regulations. Warnings were issued following evidence that burning had been taking place on the site.

Despite numerous efforts to work with Bruce, all enforcement actions from the EA and the local fire service were ignored.

In sentencing, the Judge commented that this was serious environmental offending and that there was a clear need for a deterrent sentence, although consideration was given for pleading guilty and avoiding a full trial.

Video – Matthews goes back to school…

Time-lapse video captures demolition alongside live school building.

Sussex-based Matthews Group recently completed a sensitive project alongside a live school building in Acton, West London.

The scheme was an enabling contract to separate the two storey entrance buildings and a first floor pedestrian link bridge from the main school building, in advance of the complete redevelopment of the area.

“We were on site for eight weeks and contracted directly by the ESFA to undertake these works,” says development manager Robert Williamson. “The remaining school remained live and we had to deal with all of the usual trials and tribulations, asbestos and CFC foam work.”

Video – Shenango stacks shenangone…

Blast fells relic of Pittsburgh’s industrial past.

Stalwarts of Pittsburgh’s more industrial time, the Shenango smokestacks, passed into the history books with an echoing blast and a crushing fall to the ground on Tuesday.

“The blast went as well as planned, and the weather cooperated, “said Independence Demolition General Superintendent Rich Wilk.

“The demolition was completed without any issues,” Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker said. “Wind direction forced the dust that was created from the implosion away from the Sewickley and Ben Avon boroughs, and the dust settled within a few minutes. Based on the first set of hourly data that we received from the Avalon monitor, the implosion had no impact.”
The smokestacks are in piles now and the cleanup of the site will continue for a couple more years.”

Crew gets nasty surprise…

Work halted after body falls out of building.

A man’s body fell out of a home on North Calhoun Street in west Baltimore’s Sandtown Tuesday morning as crews worked to demolish the building.

Detectives processed the scene as the coroner removed the body.

The medical examiner still needs to identify the man and determine a cause of death, but police told FOX45 there were signs of trauma.

“We do believe some trauma was found on the body, but was that trauma the reason this person was deceased? That’s something we have to wait on to find out,” said Baltimore police spokesperson T.J. Smith.

About an hour after the body was found, demolition crews went right back to work.

Video – Grimsby skyline changing…

Time-lapse video captures demolition of massive tower block.

The changing face of Grimsby skyline has been captured in a remarkable time-lapse video. (Fast forward to the six minute mark for the high reach action)

Dominating the East Marsh skyline for over 50 years, the video captures huge specialist demolition machines dismantling Nelson House – the first of six concrete structures to be deconstructed.

Birmingham-based specialists DSM Demolition Ltd are disassembling the blocks from the top down minimising disruption to local people and businesses.

The ultra high-reach machine is expected to be visible from across the town for months as they continue to dismantle the blocks in a safe and efficient manner. It is estimated to take three weeks to demolish each tower.

Demolition TV – Intermat 2018 special…

The French show was a demolition man’s dream. And our cameras were there to see it.

For a variety of reasons, our trip to Paris was on, then off, then on, then off again. And then we got a call from the Arden Equipment team that put it back on again. And we’re so glad it did.

Under glorious blue skies, the Intermat 2018 was a demolition man’s delight with excavators and attachments a’plenty, awesome demonstrations, and a dedicated demolition village all vying for attention.

If you couldn’t make it, sit back and let us give you the guided tour.

Triple prosecution over partial collapse…

Client, principal contractor and demolition contractor fined after building collapse.

A client, principal contractor and demolition contractor have been fined following the uncontrolled collapse of part of a building that was being demolished in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde in 2015.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Taylor Grange Developments of Birmingham were the client for the demolition and new build project at the former Kilmacolm Institute. They engaged Glasgow based Allied Contracts Limited to act as Principal Contractor and they in turn appointed Altan Plant Hire Limited of Glasgow to carry out the demolition of the three-storey building.

The Court heard that, on 2 June 2015, workers with no demolition training were inside the building hand demolishing internal walls when a wall and ceiling collapsed onto one of them. One worker, Richard O’Hagen, was taken to hospital suffering from fractures to his neck, back and ankle.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that, as the client, Taylor Grange Developments Limited had failed to make suitable arrangements for managing the demolition project, failed to make suitable arrangements to ensure that demolition work could be carried out without risks, failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that the principal contractor they appointed complied with their legal duties.

The investigation also found that, as principal contractor, Allied Contracts Ltd failed to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase to ensure that the demolition work was carried out without risk to health and safety. They failed to appoint a demolition contractor who had the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and organisational capability to carry out the work safely, failed to regularly check standards of health and safety on site.

Furthermore, the investigation found that, as the contractor, Altan Plant Hire Ltd failed to plan the demolition safely and failed to take into account the risks to workers from structural collapse. The contractor failed to provide a safe system of work as they chose to use hand demolition methods rather than remote demolition by machine, they failed to ensure the electrical supply was isolated, failed to plan work for the safe removal of asbestos cement sheets, failed to provide edge protection around holes in the floor.

Taylor Grange Developments Limited of Water Street, Birmingham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 4(1), (2)(a) and (2)(b) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £4500.00

Allied Contracts Limited of Norfolk Street, Glasgow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13(1) and (4) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £6000.00

Altan Plant Hire Limited of Aitkenhead Road, Glasgow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 15(7) and 20(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £20000.00

Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Inspector Graeme McMinn said: “This serious accident could have led to multiple fatalities and was caused by three separate duty holders not complying with their legal duties.

“Altan Pant Hire used inexperienced and untrained workers to demolish the three-storey building. They wrongly decided to use hand methods to demolish the building when remote demolition by machine was a much safer option. Allied Contracts Ltd failed to appoint a competent contractor to who could carry out the work safely and then failed to make any checks on how the work was done. Taylor Grange Developments Limited, as client, set the tone for the project by failing to make suitable arrangements to ensure the demolition work would be carried out safely and failing to ensure that the principal contractor they appointed was complying with their legal duties.

This accident is a stark reminder of what can happen when clients, principal contractors and contractors fail to comply with their legal duties.”

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