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November 16, 2017

Codsall Dramatic Society present Aladdin

November 14, 2017

Learning Points: Demolition contractor electrical flashover

We have a UK Power Networks Learning points case study to share with you below.

The subject of the case study is "Demolition contractor electrical flashover" and it's applicable to persons involved in demolition activities. Here are the details:

A demolition contractor forced the door of a low voltage circuit breaker cubicle open using a metal crowbar. In doing so, the crowbar went across the terminals of the three phase service and caused a flashover that seriously burnt the individual and set the building on fire.

The factory on this site was redundant, but the 11,000 volt substation and low voltage service on site were live. No request to disconnect the substation and electricity service was made by the property owner when the factory closed down. Power was still being used on the site, but at a reduced level.

The demolition contractor had requested and had been provided a quotation to disconnect the substation and low voltage service, but had not accepted the terms of the contract or paid for the work to be undertaken. They were fully aware that the substation and services were "live."


The impact of this chain of events was the injured person received life-changing burns to his hands and face.

The demolition company who employed the injured person is under investigation by the HSE for breaches of health and safety legislation.

The learning points from this incident are as follows:
  • Never assume any electrical plant or cables on a site are dead unless proven so.
  • The CDM Regulations require utilities are disconnected prior to demolition commencing.
  • The Electricity at Work regulations require employers to adopt safe system of work to ensure electricity plant is safe before work commences on it.

November 13, 2017

Roland O'Connor spotted at the Construction Enquirer Awards


Great to see my old mate Roland O'Connor (third from left in the photo) with his Colmore Tang colleagues as they win "Best Contractor to Work For" at the Construction Enquirer Awards.

November 10, 2017

ICM launches new website


The Institute of Construction Management (ICM) has this week relaunched its website with a brand new, up-to-date design.

The revamped site looks to be suitable for browsing regardless of which device you choose to view it on, be that a PC monitor, laptop display, tablet, or your smartphone. Course details, training requirements, membership details, and even a blog now feature.

If you have a few minutes to spare go visit the new website, and if you spot any problems let them know through their new contact page.

November 6, 2017

Erith wins big at the World Demolition Awards


The World Demolition Awards saw record attendance this year, with over 400 delegates making the journey to the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.

There were many winners on the night, with Coleman Group winning the Civils Demolition award, Priestly Demolition winning Contract under US$1 million and Recycling/Environmental awards, and Berg Corporation winning the Urban Demolition award.

KHL has the full list of winners on its website, but it's Erith who had the best night. The company won in the Industrial, Contract over US$1 million and Safety/Training categories, as well as winning the overall World Demolition Award as the “best of the best” according to the eight-strong international panel of judges.

Well done to all the winners!

November 2, 2017

Latest ICM Southern Region Newsletter available

The November 2017 issue of the ICM Southern Region Newsletter is available to download and read for free. You can grab it by visiting the ICM website.

Included in this issue is news of Mountjoy and Tew agreeing a £20 million Council term, JCB securing a major deal in the UK with rental company A-Plant for 1,200 machines, and our personal favourite, a piece on the Demolition degree launched at the University of Wolverhampton.

At just a couple of pages long, it's a perfect lunchtime read.

November 1, 2017

Thomas Greenham

It is with great sadness that the Institute of Demolition Engineers informed us late yesterday that Thomas Greenham has passed away.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 8th at 2pm. The location is as follows:

St. Mary's C of E Church
Church Lane,
High Street,
Streatley,
Berkshire RG8 9HU

The family have asked that instead of flowers they would appreciate donations to either Help for Heroes or the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

All of our thoughts are with Thomas' family during this difficult time.

October 23, 2017

IDE Elections are upon us so use your vote wisely!

The IDE elections for Council of Management are now upon us with members receiving voting emails as we speak.

If you are a member eligible to vote you are being asked to vote in two contests as follows:-

1. Re-election of Stuart Accleton as Honorary Treasurer
You may think that as Stuart holds the position and is the only name on the ballot paper then you do not need to vote for him. This is wrong, he must be re-elected to the position as he is the best man for the job and can only be re-elected if the members vote for him so please DO NOT IGNORE this section.

2. Election to Council of Management
This year there are three places on the Council available and we have seven candidates to choose from when casting your three votes. I would ask that before you cast your votes you read the "manifestos" of the candidates to see which of the seven have the members' interests at heart and that is where you should cast your vote. It would be unethical of me as a Past President to tell you who I think you should, or should not vote for, but I will say that Mike Kehoe of C&D Consultancy is a candidate and Mike follows my own line of thinking with regard to the IDE.

The IDE, I believe, has always been an Institute for its members whoever they work for and whatever their position within demolition and that should not change. Demolition is not just for the privileged few, it is for everyone, so vote for those candidates that will ensure that IDE continues to put the needs of the individual members first, rather than the needs of companies.

And remember that even though you have three votes that you can cast you can use one, two, or all three of those votes. So if there are only two people that you feel meet your requirements for helping to run the IDE then vote for those two only. A "throw away" vote on a third candidate who you are not so keen on could, in fact, vote them into office before the ones you want to be in office.

The IDE has come a long way in the last ten years and this vote could be crucial in shaping it's future. Please VOTE but VOTE WISELY!

October 13, 2017

IDE Midlands Regional Meeting 12th December



Click here to email and register or request a booking form for the Peaky Blinders Tour.

October 2, 2017

Latest Issues of Demolition & Recycling International Avialable!


The September-October 2017 edition of the Demolition & Recycling International is now available to download.

In this issue you'll find details of the World Demolition Awards shortlists and an interview with Erith Contractors. That's as well as the usual wide range of industry news.

If you'd like to have a read, you can download the digital edition by clicking here.

September 13, 2017

AKL Assessments running Award in Education and Training Course


Our friends over at AKL Assessments Ltd. are running a training course entitled Award in Education and Training (formally PTTLS) later this month.

The NVQ Level 3 course will run across three days on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of September, with attendance required between 8am and 3pm each day.

The training venue is as follows:

AKL Assessments Ltd.
Inspire Bradford Business Park
Newlands House One
Newlands Way
Bradford BD10 0JE

This is an entry level, formal teaching, and training qualification. It teaches the basics of how to prepare, plan, assess, and review teaching/training sessions with learners to meet quality requirements set out by Awarding Bodies.


The course is for anyone. Whether you are wanting to be able to provide in-house training, take the next step in your career, accredit your existing training role, or simply gain the knowledge and confidence to teach/train in the post-16 education sector, this course can help you.

If anyone would like further information and prices, please do not hesitate to contact either Claire or Maggie in the office on 01274 292206 or email info@aklassessmentsltd.co.uk

September 7, 2017

Spillard Heads to RWM 2017 with new 'HD' Safety Systems Technology


An increasing number of companies in the Recycling and Waste Management sector are investing in mobile safety systems to protect the public and their staff it has been revealed today.

The announcement was made by Wolverhampton-based Spillard Safety Systems in the lead up to the RWM Show at the NEC this month (12-14 th ) and comes after the company has seen a rise in orders from this arena.

Bosses at the firm believes this is down to clients wanting to ensure drivers of their vehicles are not susceptible to any blind spots when doing their jobs and also a growing desire to protect themselves against expensive legal cases when accidents happen.


As part of its large presence at RWM (stand 5S70-T75), Spillard will be unveiling its new Optronics HD range of safety systems, including the Optronics Foresight system.

This will be the first official recycling and waste management appearance of its groundbreaking solutions with High Definition capabilities, providing users with crystal clear vision and state-of-the-art recording capabilities.

“Over the last twelve months we have supplied products that have been installed on vehicle fleets for utility companies, waste management specialists and recycling firms and they are already reporting fewer incidents and examples where our camera systems have proven they were not responsible for incidents.” explained Peter Spillard, Managing Director.

He went on to add: “RWM is a fantastic show and this year we will be unveiling our new Optronics HD Range, which takes clarity of picture to a whole new level. Our team of experts will be on hand and there will also be live video demonstrations and examples of ‘blind spot’ mapping too.”


This year Spillard Safety Systems has been championing the removal of ‘blind spots’ in the commercial vehicle, construction, quarrying and now waste sectors for over 25 years.

It currently supports more than 100 different customers with the latest mobile safety equipment, whilst also working with various groups to educate them on the dangers of poor visibility.

One of the company’s biggest success stories is its partnership with S&B Waste Management & Recycling.

What originally started as a test of one product has resulted in more than 25 vehicles being fitted with a range of Spillard solutions after productivity increased. Not only did S&B Waste perform more journeys for its customers, but money was also saved from fraudulent claims.

For further information, please visit www.spillard.com or follow @spillardsafety on Twitter.

August 31, 2017

John chats about the Demolition Degree



Recently, our very own John Woodward was asked a few questions about the Demolition Degree at the University of Wolverhampton. The university was kind enough to share the footage with us, which you can watch above.

August 30, 2017

C&D assist Wakefield Council with the successful demolition of Rishworth Street Car Park



C&D were delighted to have been appointed by Wakefield City Council as Principal Designer for the demolition of Rishworth Street car park by explosive techniques.

The C&D team consisting of Mike Kehoe and Matty Bardgett carried out the works and we were very pleased with the result. You can read more about the job over at Demolition News.

August 29, 2017

World Demolition Awards Final Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to be shortlisted in two categories for the World Demolition Awards this year. We also wish everyone else making it into the final shortlist the very best of luck. The full list including categories is reproduced below:

1 Civils
Coleman Group
Delsan-AIM
Priestly Demolition

2 Collaboration
Brandenburg Industrial Service Company
C&D Consultancy
Erith Contractors

3 Contract of the Year under US $1 million
C&D Consultancy
Ceres New Zealand
Ginlee Construction
Priestly Demolition

4 Contract of the Year over US $1 million
Ceres New Zealand
Erith Contractors
Ferma Corporation
Rachel Contracting

5 Explosive Demolition
Cardem
Jet Demolition
Safedem

6 Industrial Demolition
DDM Demontage
Delsan-AIM
Erith Contractors
Raz-Max

7 Manufacturers’ Innovation, Plant and Equipment
Groupe XL/XL Industries
Kocurek
Komatsu Europe
Red Rhino (5000 breaker only)

8 Manufacturers’ Innovation, Tools and Attachments
Demolition Resources Inc
Husqvarna Construction Products
LaBounty
MB Crusher
VTN Europe

9 Recycling and Environmental
Centro Clinico Sudoeste
Keltbray
Perfect Contracting
Priestly Demolition

10 Safety and Training
AR Demolition
Coleman Group
Erith Contractors
Perfect Contracting

11 Urban Demolition
Berg Corporation
Erith Contractors
Liberty Industrial
O’Keefe Demolition
Rye Demolition