Management of Demolition Projects…

The Institute of Demolition Engineers has made its excellent publication – “Management of Demolition Projects: Guidance for Clients and Administrators” is now available online.

Click here for the direct link.

Fast access to scrap prices

With scrap and metal prices soaring, they can make or break the profitability of a demolition project. For a quick update on the latest scrap metal prices, click here.

Interesting take on changes to UK rate relief…

The UK press has been having a field day recently on the subject of the end of rate relief on commercial buildings, a change that is prompting an increasing number of landlords and property owners with empty premises to consider demolition as a low-cost alternative.
This brief but insightful blog entry gives an interesting take on the subject

WRAP sets ambitious goals…

UK-magazine Hub-4 has reported on the ambitious targets sets by the Government-backed Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) today (11 June 2008) announced a series of demanding targets as part of the new three-year Business Plan.

Between 2008 and 2011 WRAP will develop and deliver programmes which:

* Result in 8 million tonnes less waste being sent to landfill
* Save 5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent
* Realise £1.1 billion of economic benefits.

Full details can be found here.

Hub-4 features NFDC waste returns…

UK-based magazine has highlighted the pioneering environmental achievements of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors members.

The artcile can be viewed here.

Finning throws down service gauntlet…

Finning has announced that it is to credit customer parts and service account to cover the cost of hiring or replacing a machine, if it is not repaired within 48 hours.

The UK Caterpillar has announced what it claims to be the biggest service and support shake up for excavator sales the industry has ever seen. Set to dramatically change and challenge the way the plant sector operates, the bold move to guarantee excavator uptime for new customer purchases from September 2008, is the first time ever a plant equipment supplier has made such a confident statement about its service and support offering.
The new ‘ Guaranteed uptime’ deal is aimed at increasing customer uptime for the Cat D-Series excavator range throughout the machines warranty period and covers the Cat 319D to Cat 329D models. As part of the deal, no matter where the location of the excavator, Finning’s nationwide support team, will assess the breakdown and either repair it within 48 hours, or credit the customers parts and service account with the fee to cover the cost of hiring a replacement machine.

Commenting on the new guaranteed uptime package, product marketing manager for Finning, Tim Ballard said:“ We are so confident with the performance of Caterpillar excavator range and our service support team, that we have taken this major step to put our money where our mouth is. We know especially with the effects of the credit crunch that, yes our customers want a great machine, but more importantly they want to make sure it is working as hard as it possibly can.”

“This is why as part of our ‘Support that works as hard as a Cat’ campaign, we have put together this package to show customers just how much we place a value on their uptime. With this new guarantee we will have an excavator back working onsite within 48 hours, beginning at the start of the working day after a breakdown call has been taken. If this is not possible, we will credit the customers parts and service account for the cost of a hired replacement, by doing this we are giving every customer an added value service that they know will save them money, time and stress.”

“With this deal we are taking the hammer to downtime and rewriting the rulebook, laying down a challenge to the rest of the industry to follow suit and support customers where they really need it, on the job and in the pocket.”

The guaranteed uptime applies to the Caterpillar range of Cat D-Series excavators including the impressive new Cat Smart20, the Cat 319D, Cat 324D, Cat 325D and Cat 329D. The guarantee applies throughout the machines warranty period, with the 48 hour period beginning at the start of the working day after a breakdown call is taken.

For more information on the new ‘Uptime Guarantee’ deal and the full Caterpillar equipment range from Finning visit

Interbuild ’08 special offer

Demolition News has secured a special offer arrangement with the organisers of the Interbuild 08 exhibition which is scheduled to take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 26 to 30 November 2008.

Anyone pre-registering via this website will get a free entry ticket which is normally priced at £20 per person.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of this offer should click here to pre-register for the show.

Another high reach accident…

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.

Demolishing misconceptions

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.

High Reach accident…

I wouldn’t claim to be a demolition expert and neither am I in any way psychic. But even I spotted the outcome of this six minute video after just 22 seconds.

I just wish I knew the name of the operator – I’d love to mail him a copy of the NFDC’s High Reach Guidance Notes.