Excavator cab saves operator’s life…

Whilst I hate to draw attention to accidents in an industry that has an improving safety record that is the envy of the construction sector, this video highlights precisely why equipment manufacturers invest millions refining operator cabs.

Dangerous practice, Beijing-style…

Setting aside the Jimi Hendrix soundtrack and the underlying political message at the end of this video, this is one of the scariest breaches of health and safety practice I have EVER seen:

NFDC 2008 Convention a roaring success…

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors’ 2008 Annual Convention in Palma, Majorca was a great success.   A brief photo/video resume of the event is attached here:

Tinsley implosion attracts mixed reviews…

The controlled implosion of the twin cooling towers at Tinsley close to the M1 motorway at Sheffield in the UK met with mixed reviews after the first attempt failed to down the iconic landmarks.

To read the reviews, click these links:



JCB Underlines commitment to demolition

JCB has issued a brief but cool video highlighting their (growing) presence in the demolition and recycling sector.

Kings County Hospital demolition details

Just come across an interesting article on the demoliton of the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

You can read the full story here: http://tinyurl.com/62z2z8

Giving demolition a bad name…

Accidents happen in all industry sectors.   Unfortunately, when they happen in the demolition industry, they have a nasty habit of making it onto the front page of the trade press, thereby reinforcing the stereotype of demolition as an unsafe business as can be seen here: contract-journal

Demolition with environmental benefits…?

The stands come tumbling down…

The Rugby World Cup in 2011 may seem a long way off.   But as workers on the various London 2012 Olympic sites in London will testify, time waits for no man.   And so the stands at Auckland’s Eden Park rugby stadium have come tumbling down to make way for a new $NZ320 million venue to host the 2011 tournament.

More details here: http://www.rugbyheaven.co.nz/rugbyheaven/4647378a22775.html

National Recycling Awards – Deadline Looming…

The National Recycling Awards – the only gala event recognising and rewarding excellence in the waste and recycling community – are calling on companies in the construction sector to enter the Valpak Waste Minimisation Project of the Year category.

Widely recognised as the recycling industry’s benchmark, the National Recycling Awards have been celebrating best practice in the public and private sector for over a decade now, with 2008 marking their tenth anniversary.

The Valpak Waste Minimisation Project of the Year award is open to any organisation, business, community group or local authority that can show how waste has been minimised through a specific strategy, project or process. In particular, the judges will be looking for details of the waste minimisation initiative; data on tonnages and materials saved and why the project was a success.

Chair of the awards judging panel, Paul Sanderson said: “The construction industry is a major source of waste in England, using the highest tonnage of solid material resources in any sector.* Following on from the Government’s Waste Strategy for England 2007 to halve building and excavation waste going to landfill by 2012, many construction companies have started to identify ways in which they can improve resource efficiency and reduce waste. We urge these companies to enter the awards and look forward to a hard-fought competition in this category.”

Full entry guidelines can be found on www.nationalrecyclingawards.com and the closing date for entries is Friday 22 August 2008. The entries will be judged in September by a panel of industry professionals chaired by Paul Sanderson and the winners will be presented with their awards at a celebrity-hosted black-tie gala event at the Telford International Centre on 12 November 2008.