16 simultaneous implosions…

If you thought that explosive demolition was biggest and best in the US, think again. The Chinese recently popped 16 at the same time and while one was left standing, it makes for some spectacular footage.

Demolition creates new leaning tower…

The charges are set, the media has gathered, a lucky member of the public has their finger poised over the button and….d’oh.

Yet another demolition disaster…

Is it me or does the mixture of demolition and camcorders always have an unpleasant ending?

Cuddy receives ISO14001 recognition…

Welsh demolition contractor the Cuddy Group has been awarded the prestigious ISO 14001 national quality assurance standard, which recognises its effectiveness in addressing green issues and waste reduction.
The certification sends out a message to all prospective clients and partners that in working with Cuddy they are aligning themselves to an organisation with a strong environmental conscience.
Director Christian Jones said: “We pride ourselves on our environmental policy and management systems and we work hard to constantly review our position and push for maximum sustainability.
“Receiving official recognition and certification is a real boost to our efforts. Having previously been awarded the ISO 19001 quality standard and the OHSAS 18001 standard for health and safety, I believe we are now the only demolition contractor in the UK to have all three accreditations from NQA.”
News of the accreditation comes as Cuddy celebrates a 9.8% profit increase in the latest financial year, having maintained one of the highest turnovers in the industry despite the current economic climate, a £2m investment in new plant and equipment and expansion of its civil engineering division.
Cuddy’s work looking after the environment has included introducing a range of sustainably sourced wooden hoardings across all sites, testing site hoardings made from recycled electrical goods, researching opportunities to re-use double glazing abroad, and converting its fleet of 95 vans to bio fuel.
In addition, its demolition teams crush and recycle a minimum of 95% of all materials from demolition contracts, despite many projects generating up to 20,000 tonnes of rubble.
Jones said: “Caring about the environment also means considering the needs of other businesses, residents and general members of the public in areas where we are working, so we pay close attention to keeping noise and dust disturbance low and minimising pedestrian and traffic disruption.
“A prime example of this is a recent project to demolish a 1960’s industrial development at The Moor, Sheffield, in which we completely rewrote our demolition schedule to accommodate an unscheduled archaeological dig. The client was delighted and we still managed to complete the project on time and to budget.
“We like to think of ourselves as a pioneering organisation. Certifications like ISO 14001 confirm to us that we are on the right path.”

Unapproved asbestos method exposes thousands to cancer risk…

LegalView.com recently reported the use of an unapproved method of asbestos removal by the city of St. Louis potentially exposing thousands of residents to asbestos fibres during the demolition of buildings.

Full story can be read here.

Clifford Devlin receives ISO 14001 accreditation…

Demolition contractor, Clifford Devlin, has been awarded ISO 14001 registration following an assessment by the British Standards Institute (BSI) in September 2008.
Commenting on the announcement Clifford Devlin’s Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, Paul Clarke-Scholes said: “We specialise in inner-city projects so have always been very conscious of the need to minimise the impact our activities have on the immediate and wider environment. We are delighted to have received formal recognition that the systems and processes we use to manage our environmental performance conform to current best practice.”
The London-based company used the Fast Track 14 (FT-14) scheme to prepare an ISO compliant environmental management system in just six months. The participative scheme, which shares peer-group experiences, involved a dozen other members of Laing O’Rourke’s supply chain.
Clifford Devlin demonstrates its commitment to the concept of sustainability through waste and resource management, pollution control and environmental planning. The company specialises in inner-city projects in which proximity to sensitive receptors such as live buildings and pedestrians place greater environmental demands. As a consequence the company routinely prepares Environmental Plans which document the processes and procedures for managing waste material as well as the emission of noise, dust and vibration. The company regularly recycles 95% of the waste generated from its demolition projects.
ISO 14001 is being driven through construction supply chains as the concept of sustainability is forced up the business agenda. Launched in 1996 and republished in 2004, ISO 14001 publishes the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS), which is a tool for helping organisations to implement good environmental practice and continuous improvement of their environmental performance. There are over 130,000 registered organisations worldwide.
Clifford Devlin also holds certificates for ISO 9001:2000 (Quality) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety).

Colossus of Devonport…

Another feature of Plymouth’s skyline is to vanish with the dismantling of the colossal Devonport crane this weekend. The crane, which has towered over Devonport Dockyard for 25 years is being taken down today and tomorrow in one of the biggest engineering operations the city has ever seen.
Read the full story here.

Bendy boom time-lapse…

Bring back the dropball…

Highly unusual demolition application…

Over the years, I have seen buildings, bridges and even ships demolished but this is the first time I have ever seen an aircraft (and a large one at that) demolished.