Battle of the barge on Texas highway…

The stretch of Texas 73 between Port Arthur and Winnie could open by mid-week after two barges dropped on the highway by Hurricane Ike are cut apart and removed.

“We’re ripping them apart, one chunk at a time, and then we’ll haul away the pieces on trucks,” said Jeff Fuller with Xtreme Demolition, an Oak Island-based marine salvage company.

Full story here.

New Holland unveils new excavators…

New Holland has launched new excavators and introduced new featured into its range. The company has introduced the Blade Runner Series B, which combines the qualities of a crawler excavator and a crawler dozer.

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Scottish tower blocks tumble…

A 1960s high-rise block of flats in Edinburgh was demolished at the weekend, in front a crowd of over 600 people.

Former resident Ian Begg helped detonate the explosvie charges to bring down the Broomview Court block in the Sighthill area of Edinburgh.

Miami stadium roof imploded…

Short video showing the implosion of the roof of the former Miami stadium.

MEWP abuse…

Just when you think you have seen every type of demolition equipment abuse, someone comes along and proves that humans are as stupid as they are creative.

And why, if you’re planning to use an access platform as a wrecking ball, would you insist that your colleague was in the basket while you did so?

EPA halts demolition…

Demolition of a former pottery factory in Chester is on hold because of health and environmental concerns.

Full story here.

Quick Hitch manslaughter…

Just a few short weeks ahead of semi-automatic quick hitches being outlawed once and for all comes news of the first manslaughter conviction following a fatality attributed directly to a quick hitch.

The full story can be viewed here.

Tombstone at Ground Zero…

More than six years after 9/11, the toxic shell of the Deutsche Bank building remains standing. A tale of dysfunction that has cost taxpayers over $150 million – and taken the lives of two New York City firefighters.

This article from Fortune Magazine makes for fascinating reading, almost regardless of whether you’re from a demolition background or not.

Conjet factory expansion…

Conjet AB, a world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of remotely operated high-pressure water jetting hydrodemolition machines, is expanding its headquarters manufacturing facilities at Haninge, 20km south of Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Conjet has committed investment capital of €1M for the building of these new facilities, which is in direct response to the continuing and growing worldwide demand for its products and services, ensuring that Conjet AB stays at the forefront of the world’s hydrodemolition equipment industry.
Conjet is extending its equipment assembly building to cope with the increasing business. The new extension will more than double the assembly area and houses a much larger parts stock holding section. “The new 1000m2 extension, which we started in March and expect to be complete by October 2008, is needed to cater for the increasing demand worldwide for our hydrodemolition equipment. The extra space will enable us to boost our capacity and considerably reduce our assembly times with the same number of employees and fulfil the needs of the future,” says Conjet AB President Carl Stromdahl.
Conjet currently offers the world’s most extensive range of remotely operated computer controlled hydrodemolition equipment, including a range of Robots and Jetframes together with tailor made hydrodemolition units, which can connect to Conjet Powerpacks or other high pressure water pumps. The company is currently working on several developments to further extend the product range.

WRAP identifies barriers to recycling

New research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has found four main barriers which stop people recycling more. The study outlines a series of simple steps to help local authorities overcome these.

The full story can be found here.