Just over two years ago, when I helped the National Federation of DemolitionContractors launch their guidance on the safe use of high reach excavators, I stated that “thankfully, there has never been a fatality that could be directly attributed to a high reach machine”.
Watching this video (and the numerous others that are widely available on the Internet), I cannot help but wonder how long this wil be the case.
The US’ National Demolition Association has addressed 10 of the most popular demolition misconceptions including “demolition is a dangerous business” and, my personal favourite, “demolition contractors blow buildings up”.
Personally, I’d have included “demolition always involves bulldozers” but that’s just a personal gripe.
You can read the full 10-point list here.
For anyone that still hankers for the days or crawler cranes and wrecking balls, this video is just for you. It features the demolition of Nottingham’s Victoria railway station and was shot during the 1960s.
Ripped from cine film, it runs like a silent movie. But if you are a demolition veteran, this will give you a welcome reminder of the “good ol’ days”. And if you’re a young upstart, it will prove once and for all that you have never had it so good.
Expanding compound supplier Sylentmite put on an impressive demonstration/presentation during the recent NFDC 2008 Annual Convention. For anyone that missed the demonstration, this video gives an indication of the power of the product.