The Break Fast Show #139

In today’s show: Sheraton Hotel checks out in Atlanta; we get on site with CJ Charlton Group and their latest kit; there are excavator incidents and accidents; Plantforce shines a light on safety; and the return of The King.

All that and more on The Break Fast Show.

The Break Fast Show #138

In today’s show: Who would want the poisoned chalice of the Grenfell Tower demolition? Bell rings the changes with a new 4×4 ADT; the UK’s first Cat 315GC makes landfall – And we have the video; McAuliffe Group joins the Komatsu D71PXi club; And we go cruising with Mantovanivbenne.

All that and more, on The Break Fast Show.

Real time bucket design

The boffins over at Steelwrist recently unveiled a new online tool that allows users to design and specify an excavator bucket to match their specific carrier, application and material.

So we decided to take the “configurator” for a spin to see just how easy it is to design a custom excavator bucket.

The Break Fast Show #137

In today’s show: The last of the big bangs at Ironbridge Power Station; a worker is crushed beneath a lift on a site in Edinburgh; and we get under the hood of Kubota’s new LPG-fuelled mini excavator. In addition to all that, we’ll be designing our own excavator bucket LIVE using a new online tool from those clever folks at Steelwrist.

All that and more, on The Break Fast Show.

Opinion – Portrayal or Betrayal…?

No-one has ever walked into their kitchen, found a can of tuna fish, a carrot of questionable vintage and some left -over fried rice and thought: “Ah yes, I shall fashion a lobster Thermidor from this lot”. Likewise, no-one has ever ordered a meal in a restaurant and then set a stopwatch running because we all realise that food needs to be cooked until it is ready, not to satisfy a specific timeline.

Yet both these things are standard tropes in the realm of TV cooking shows. This is known as implied jeopardy; a way in which to make the usually relaxing and cathartic process of baking a cake seem suddenly like defusing a ticking time-bomb.

Now that implied jeopardy is fine in its place. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing a collapsed souffle, a failed fondant, or a piece of lamb so undercooked that it could be revived by a decent vet?

The problem arises when it is applied to an industry in which there is (a) real jeopardy and (b) when it merely reinforces the public perception that the industry in question is dangerous.

Directly or otherwise, I have been involved in lots of TV shows about the demolition industry. I have worked with TV researchers and I was even named as an executive producer on one series.

Each time I am asked to participate, I trot out the same two questions: Are you planning to pay me; and are you planning to make demolition look like a death-trap?

The answer to both those questions is generally no. So I swallow what little pride I still possess and I point the research team in the right direction. I explain patiently that, no, they cannot blow up a building next Tuesday at about 2.15pm. I explain that explosive demolition represents just a tiny portion of what the demolition sector does, and this it’s not blowing up but a blowdown. I introduce them to companies and individuals that are media savvy and who I believe are good ambassadors for the sector. And I remind them that demolition is carefully regulated, constantly monitored, and legislated to within an inch of its life. Risks are assessed and are mitigated, I explain. There is no need for any form of implied jeopardy.

Fast forward about six months and I am sat in front of my TV, waiting for the show to begin. “On tonight’s episode, a bridge must be blown up against the clock, placing men and machines in mortal peril”. Bollocks!

Now we all like to see ourselves on TV. Chances are, the company involved in such a show thoroughly enjoy their moment in the media spotlight. Their competitors may scoff whilst quietly cursing about not being invited to take part. Those in the know will look beyond the implied jeopardy (I find turning off the sound helps) and just enjoy seeing demolition on the small screen.

But what of 14-year old Johnnie who has tuned in because he quite fancies himself a demolition career in the future. Constant dangers and ceaseless stress are not great selling points are they? And what of 15-year old Jenny, watching with her parents and thinking that she too could forge a future in the destructive arts? “Yes mum, I have heard the horror stories of falling debris, collapsed buildings and deadly machines and I have decided to abandon my plans of being a midwife to take up a front-line role with a demolition company.”

Doesn’t seem likely, does it?

Demolition is already an industry with a largely undeserved reputation that is akin to a long weekend in Helmand Province while playing Born in the USA at maximum volume. The last thing it needs is for that reputation to be reinforced and even magnified by a TV executive desperate for viewers and desperate to try out his shiny new work boots.

The Weekend Wrap #22

15 tower blocks fall in one massive blast in China’ the home of Real Madrid is being partially demolished; and there’s a new name in the world of articulated dumptrucks.

All that and more, on The Weekend Wrap.

The Break Fast Show #136

In today’s show: Terex Trucks rebrand as Rokbak; JCB seeks 100 welders to satisfy surge in demand; Selwood is snapped up; and MGL Demolition marks its 50th anniversary with a new Komatsu excavator.

PLUS Andy Hair of Northerntrack joins LIVE us for a post-show chat about the challenges of driver and materials shortages and the value of bespoke attachments.

There’s a new name in the field of ADTs

Rokbak is the new name for Terex Trucks, with the new brand maintaining its proud hauling heritage with a future-focused vision.

As part of the new brand launch, the machines now come in Rokbak colours and livery.

While maintaining the experienced design, craft and precision that are synonymous with the company’s haulers, the RA30 and RA40 deliver better fuel economy, lower emissions, improved safety, and greater durability.

As you will see from the exclusive live video (below), we didn’t just bring you the news; we were actually a part of the launch.

The Break Fast Show #135

In today’s show: Bernabeu before and after – Demolition work is underway on one of the world’s most famous football stadiums; Rob Oliver is to step down as chief executive of the Construction Equipment Association; Komatsu unveils a new reduced swing wheeled excavator; a demolition contractor could Currie favour in Scotland; and Blackwood Plant Hire takes 10 Komatsus. And we go LIVE with Content with Media, the Digger Man Blog and DigBits from a site in Staffordhsire.

All that and more, on The Break Fast Show.

The Break Fast Show #134

In today’s extended show: a Chinese mega blast; Indian twin towers to be demolished over collusion; a massive Italian bridge blast; Caterpillar and BHP form an electric partnership; X marks the spot for Chepstow Plant International; an opportunity to graduate with honours on a demolition contract at Oxford University. And is it a cause for concern or was the industry taking a well-deserved break?

All that and more on The Break Fast Show.