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December 13, 2017

Demolition Magazine - Issue 22 now available


Issue 22 of Demolition Magazine has now been released and is available to read online or download for free.

Inside this issue, editor Mark Anthony discusses the Age of Uncertainty for the construction sector as we head into 2018.There's also details of RVA Group beign acquired, Keltbray Group cutting emissions, new SFPSG plant safety guidance, and news of a significant collaboration focusing on energy efficiency research.

And all that is just in the first 15 pages of this 100 page magazine!

December 11, 2017

IDE Regional Meeting and Peaky Blinders Tour CANCELLED

Please note that the IDE Regional Meeting and Peaky Blinders Tour scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Old Crown, Digbeth has been CANCELLED owing to the current weather conditions and the local forecast of -10 degrees overnight tonight and into tomorrow.

As the tour is a walking tour of back alleys and streets of Digbeth there is a risk of ice underfoot on uncleared footpaths and that risk cannot be eliminated.

The event will be rearranged for 2018.

John D. McArthur - Rest in peace

December 8, 2017

12 Days of Demolition (Christmas Edition)

It's fast approaching that time of year again, and so we decided it was well worth sharing this video once more to get you in the Christmas spirit!

December 7, 2017

Demolition & Recycling International November-December 2017 now available


The latest edition of Demolition & Recycling International is now available to download and read covering the November-December 2017 period.

The issue is free to read online or in PDF form, all you need to do is register a free account with KHL if you don't have one already.

Highlights of this issue include details of the World Demolition Awards winners, an interview with Lehnhoff, and a feature on compact equipment.

December 6, 2017

The loss of George Turner

December 1, 2017

IDE Spring Seminar 2018 Confirmed for February


Please email info@ide.org.uk for more information including booking forms and exhibition space inquiries.

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!