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Video – Man jailed over digger rampage…

Another non-payment; another example of wanton destruction.

A man who shouted “whoop whoop” as he filmed himself destroying five newly-built retirement bungalows with an excavator has been jailed for four years. Daniel Neagu, 31, had music blaring from the radio as he wrecked houses worth up to £475,000 each in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, on August 11 2018 over unpaid wages.

Dramatic footage of the roughly 40-minute rampage shows him repeatedly ram the digger into the bungalows. He shouts “F****** shit company”, whistles the tune to Freed From Desire, and rants in Romanian during the demolition.

In one clip he tells a passer-by he is owed £16,000, adding: “I decided even if get in trouble I did it for a reason, because I didn’t get paid, you know what I mean?” The man replies: “Go back in and smash up another one.”

As he wrecks another, Neagu says: “Beautiful houses, you have to take it down and rebuild it, that’s because you didn’t want to pay me.”

Sentencing Neagu at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, Judge Stephen Warner said it was a “wholesale destruction” and a “pure act of revenge”. He said the footage was “truly shocking”, adding: “It’s quite clear from your demeanour that you were perfectly relaxed and quite unashamed.”

This successful prosecution follows just a few weeks after a man went on a similar rampage at a Travelodge in Liverpool over unpaid wages. You can view a video of that “>here, or listen to our podcast on the subject here.

Read more here, or view the video below:

Demolition TV – Downwell in action…

Downwell Demolition is hard at work in Lewisham, south London.

We are proud of just about everything we produce here at Demolition News Towers. But, every once in a while, we produce something that exceeds even our expectations.

After a visit to a Downwell Demolition site in Lewisham recently, we produced the following film and – if we say so ourselves – we have hit it out of the park.

Of course, I can take no credit for it. Downwell was doing a great job and our video production team captured the action – I was there pretty much to make up the numbers! That being said, I am VERY proud of this film. I hope you like it too.

VIdeo – AR Demolition goes shopping…

Time-lapse video captures all the action.

In addition to being a much-respected demolition contractor, AR Demolition has something of a reputation for the quality of its video output too. And this new time-lapse film, which captures the company’s work at the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in Nottingham certainly maintains that reputation:

Video – Demolition date set for Brayton Point…

Massachusetts cooling towers set to fall on 27 April.

The iconic cooling towers at the Brayton Point power plant will be demolished in April.

Representatives of Commercial Development Co., which now owns the former coal-fired facility, have informed local residents that the towers would be brought down by way of controlled demolition on April 27.

The two 152 metre tall towers were constructed in 2009 at a cost of $600 million. Their purpose was to cool the extremely hot water from the plant before it was discharged into Mount Hope Bay.

The Gold Standard…

Demolition magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary with suitably subtle new issue.

It is five years since we unveiled the first-ever edition of the Demolition magazine. It was created in a fit of pique and – as a result – with a degree of haste. But we had done our homework. We recognised that by harnessing social media, we could reach a global audience. We knew that by utilising video (and, later, audio) we could increase the value we could deliver to readers. We knew that by drawing content from across international borders and from within and without the sector’s various trade bodies whilst fiercely defending our independence, we could help increase the sum of industry knowledge. And, perhaps more than anything else, we knew that demolition is just the job that demolition people do but it is not what defines them as individuals.

So we eschewed the usual “big digger” front covers favoured by our rivals. We regularly included “lifestyle” articles on cars, technology and clothing. We were the first to address the issue of mental health awareness (including the provision of free advertising for the Mates in Mind charity that does such sterling work in this sector). We were the first to feature smaller and even start-up demolition contractors because we firmly believe that they too should have a voice. And we were unabashed in offering our opinions upon the issues facing the industry at large.

Here we are five years later. The original “strictly black” front cover has this time given way to a gold one to mark our fifth anniversary. If that seems immodest, then you clearly haven’t been watching us closely enough!

Video – Border wall prototypes torn down…

The symbol of President Trump’s “No Entry” policy felled.

A single excavator has felled the prototypes for President Trump’s controversial border wall.

In a brief demolition programme in San Diego, the prototypes were laid to rest with an ease that surely calls into question the long-term efficacy of the real border wall.

Video – Pablo Escobar’s HQ razed…

Former fortress disappears – appropriately – in cloud of white dust.

He was the working class man who became a billionaire. He was the drug overlord whose cartel was responsible for 80 percent of all the cocaine imported into the US. He is the “star” of the TV series Narcos and – in death – he has become a folk hero to many. But Medellin, Colombia – once described as the world’s most dangerous city by Time magazine – has underscored its desire to modernise and to shake-off its reputation as the drug capital of the world with the explosive demolition of the former home-cum-fortress of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Comment – United in Sadness

I promised myself that I would not comment upon the Didcot disaster again this year.

With investigators still sifting through almost 900 tonnes of material evidence, the police have issued a well-meaning but ultimately meaningless statement that offers no new insight; no sense that the investigation is nearing its conclusion; and no closure for the families of the four men so tragically killed. The interminable six-month wait those families endured while the bodies of their loved ones were recovered has subsequently been compounded by an even longer wait for answers as to why those four men – Michael Collings, John Shaw, Kenneth Cresswell, and Christopher Huxtable – died so needlessly.

Eventually, we might all learn precisely what happened on that fateful day. There is a possibility that this insight might allow the global demolition industry to embrace safer methodologies, to seek out new ways to carry out demolition that remove men and women from the work face one and for all. It is also possible that the lessons learned from that single tragic incident might be applied during the demolition of the world’s remaining coal-fired power stations and that they will be dismantled without incident as a result. All of that will have to wait, however, while the wheels of justice grind slowly to a conclusion. Any attempt to speculate or make assumptions now could prejudice the inevitable court case that will likely follow the investigation; and that would merely prolong the suffering of the four families whose patience and integrity has already been tested enough.

What we can take away from that fateful day now, however, is the industry’s response in the immediate aftermath; a response that is repeated up and down the country and across the demolition world as each anniversary of the Didcot disaster dawns.

No incident in the global demolition business has united the industry more. The tragedy crossed personal, company, trade association and national and international borders to bring the industry together as one in sadness and in respect. And while I would gladly swap all that to return those four men to their families and friends safe and well, THIS must be their legacy.

So whether you choose to mark the third anniversary of the Didcot disaster with a four-minute silence, a minute of quiet contemplation, or by simply taking extra care of the man or woman working beside you, let us all remember the families for whom the sadness continues and the anguish persists. For just a moment, let’s set aside our business rivalries, petty squabbles and our meaningless gripes.

The demolition industry is a global family; a global family that shares a common language, regardless of their country of origin; a global family that shares the burden of grief and responsibility when its own is taken. And as a family, we must come together in sadness and respect for Michael Collings, John Shaw, Kenneth Cresswell, and Christopher Huxtable; and for the families so cruelly robbed of their presence.

Video – 777 crosses finish line…

Video captures project to fell famous greyhound racing stadium.

For those of us that spent an evening or two at the former Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium in South London, it is a demolition project that is tinged with sadness.

But 777 Demolition’s work at this famous old venue is epic nonetheless; and it is all captured here in this great new project video:

Protesters cite carcinogen cover-up…

New South Wales government ‘suppressed’ report showing carcinogen risk in stadium demolition.

A legal challenge to the New South Wales government’s controversial plan to demolish Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before next month’s state election has heard the government “suppressed” the release of a report showing the site was contaminated with potentially carcinogenic material.

In his opening address Tim Robertson, barrister for Local Democracy Matters – group opposing the demolition, argued the government had failed to exhibit the development application for the required period, didn’t follow design excellence criteria and failed to follow its own rules on contaminated soils.

During the trial on Wednesday, Robertson said the government had “suppressed” information about contamination on the site – pointing to a consultants report prepared for the government which found “carcinogenic” materials on the site, as well as a number of other contaminants.

A draft version of the report was prepared in June – during the exhibition period for the stadium demolition. Robertson told the court the report should have prompted “further investigation” by the government.

“That fact was known by Infrastructure NSW, but suppressed,” he said. “They knew it during the exhibition period.”

Read more here.

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