Norwegian ski jump dismantled…

In what must surely qualify as the most unusual dismantling job of the week (if not the year), work is about to start on the dismantling of a huge ski jump that was originally built for the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.

As the artist’s impressions show, it will be a complex and fascinating job. More here.

Update: The demolition work can be viewed live here.

The responsiveness of the independent contractor…

One of the biggest challenges facing any corporate company is that the bigger you get, the less flexible and responsive you tend to become.

Here at Demolition News, however, we have just discovered an independent company that has responded with impressive marketing savvy to take advantage of the much-lauded change in taxation on empty properties:

Rates on empty business premises came into force on April 1, 2008; owners having previously been granted relief on unoccupied properties by the 1988 Local Government and Finance Act.

Under that act empty industrial property was granted 100% relief while all other commercial property received 50% relief following an initial three months exemption. This is now a much talked about government policy in the current economic climate.

Although the new charge still allows relief for the first six months on industrial premises and three months for all other commercial property (it will not be available in relation to existing vacant buildings), the removal of relief thereafter has introduced a significant additional financial burden on property owners who have empty accommodation. The Management at MJ Finnigan Limited would like to offer all property owners currently suffering from this tax an opportunity to make the most of what may be seen as a difficult situation.

To read the full story, please click here.

Recycling company fined over fall…

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies to ensure work at height is carried out safely after a man fell from a lorry in Lincoln.

European Metal Recycling Ltd, which has two depots in Lincoln but is based in Warrington, Cheshire, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,454 costs by Lincoln magistrates today (Wednesday 15 October) after pleading guilty to contravening Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, by failing to ensure work at height was carried out safely.

On 17 December 2007, an agency worker was repositioning fridge and freezer units on a curtain-sided trailer at the firm’s Beevor Street depot in Lincoln. He was standing on a fridge unit, attempting to move another unit on top of it to prevent it sticking out of the side of the vehicle, when he lost his balance and fell around ten feet to the ground.

The man, who is from Lincoln, dislocated fingers on his left hand, broke his left wrist and fractured vertebrae in his neck. He was in hospital for five days and had to wear a neck brace for three months.

Judith McNulty-Green, one of the HSE Inspectors for Lincolnshire, said: “Three million people work on or near vehicles as part of their regular job. Getting on and off a vehicle to carry out loading or unloading, and working at height on the vehicle, are often viewed as incidental to the main job. Because of this, the risks involved may not be properly considered by either workers or their managers. “Last year 45 people died and more than 3,000 suffered a serious injury after a fall from height at work. It is the most common cause of death at work.

“All companies must assess the risks from work they are undertaking at height and ensure that the work is planned properly and appropriate measures are taken so that workers are not at risk of falling. “This incident could have been avoided, and a man might not have been seriously injured if the company had sufficient procedures in place.”

EPA fines two companies…

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has brought a total of more than $630,000 in penalties against two Rhode Island companies for alleged violations of clean-air regulations.

David Santanelli, co-owner of Bilray Demolition Company in Johnston — one of the two companies cited by the EPA — said he intends to challenge the complaint in court.

The EPA has proposed a $378,700 fine against the Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corp., or Senesco, in North Kingstown, for violations of both state and federal clean-air regulations.

It has proposed fines of $256,320 against Bilray for violations involving asbestos removal when it demolished the former Seaboard Foundry in Johnston, after a fire at the facility in 2004.

The EPA alleges that Bilray failed to thoroughly inspect for asbestos before it demolished the facility; failed to provide the EPA with prior written notification of its intent to demolish; failed to adequately wet asbestos during its stripping operations; failed to keep asbestos adequately wet until it was collected and contained for disposal; and failed to properly dispose of the asbestos waste.

Santanelli said his contract stated asbestos removal was not his responsibility: if asbestos was found “it should be additional to the contract.” He faulted the owner of the Seaboard property for delaying the abatement process.

Santanelli said the owner’s initial inspection showed “no visual signs of asbestos. Towards the end of the project, we came by small amounts of asbestos paneling … we stopped work immediately and reported this to the owner. We did try to get a consultant out to test it and make sure it was asbestos. We had to wait until the weather cleared up and snow was off the ground. So I’m being allegedly fined from the day when there was a blizzard to when the snow was cleared up.”

Santanelli said there was a lot of “back and forth” discussion of what to do about the asbestos, “until finally the state Health Department stepped in and said, ‘OK, let’s get an abatement plan together and remove it.’ Even at that point, the contract clearly stated that asbestos was not our responsibility.”

He added, “There’s nothing we can do on someone’s private property unless the owner gives us permission. You have to get an abatement plan; there are certain steps you have to follow. You have to get an inspection report done, and if the owner doesn’t give us the authority to do that, we can’t do that without his OK. So the EPA is trying to fine us for not abating the asbestos at the time we found it, and not disposing of it at the time we found it.”

In a statement released the EPA said Bilray removed asbestos-containing material from the facility in September 2005. Santanelli said, “I do have proper manifests showing I had abated it properly.”

The EPA complaint against Senesco, of North Kingstown, alleges that the company violated federal air-quality requirements outlined in the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants — specifically for shipbuilding and repair facilities — by failing to submit notifications and reports, failing to keep records, and using paints with hazardous air pollutant contents greater than the allowable limits.

It also alleges that Senesco failed to apply for an operating permit required under the federal Clean Air Act, despite having potential xylene emissions greater than 10 tons per year. And, it failed to comply with Rhode Islands “State Implementation Plan” for air quality by failing to apply for a new source review permit before commencing construction of its facility.

A statement the EPA released notes that since the violations were brought to the company’s attention, Senesco has since obtained the new source review permit from the state Department of Environmental Management, and has submitted a Title V application.

New issue of Demolition & Dismantling out now…

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Pyebush Prosecution…

Two men found guilty of illegally dumping tonnes of waste on Green Belt land in Beaconsfield in the UK were fined and given a community order last week. David Smith, 65, and Andrew Lonsdale, 44, both pleaded guilty to offences linked to tonnes of rubbish being dumped at meadowland off the A355 Pyebush roundabout at a hearing in June.

Being prosecuted by the Environment Agency (EA), the case had been passed from Wycombe Magistrates Court to Aylesbury Crown Court because they felt their sentencing powers were not sufficient.

Full details can be found here.

C&D Waste Recycling article…

Here’s an interesting article on the increasing mechanisation of the C&D waste sorting and segregation sector:

Veit Cos. is the latest waste-management firm to graduate from “dump-and-pick” to mechanized sorting of waste. It’s an effort to take it easy on landfills — and to stay competitive in the evolving waste-handling business. Read the full article here.

Emergency demolition in Scotland…

Scottish demolition specialist Reigart have undertaken an emergency demolition of an unsafe structure in Paisley. A video can be seen here:

Yet another implosion video…

Can find very little information on this video but, judging by the cars in the foreground and the shouting in the background, I am going to take a wild guess and say this is from the US:

Gone in a puff of smoke…

A team of workers roamed the grounds of Greenville’s Imperial Tobacco Co. plant Thursday morning preparing the site for a demolition process complicated by the presence of asbestos, the project manager said.

Click here for the full story.