October 24, 2014

UCATT focusing on stress

This week is European Safety Week and the main focus will be on STRESS! UCATT are so concerned about the issue that they have issued a free to download leaflet and a statement. They also recommend carrying out stress audits on site.

If you want to be involved and feel that this will be beneficial to your company (and I am sure that it will) then why not arrange a stress audit for your site by contacting john.woodward@demolishdismantle.co.uk

Equally if you would like a stress awareness course for the company please contact jill@demolishdismantle.co.uk

Stress is a real issue in today's working world and results in thousands of lost person hours so please do not ignore it.

John's Primary Futures talks get featured!

We are very pleased that one of John's Primary Futures talks is featured on the Primary Futures website. You can view it by clicking the link below:


John's work for Primary Futures is also featured on the Education and Employers website, including video and links to the images associated with the venture included below:

Photos available here:


Finally, there's an excellent article on the NAHT website discussing the Primary Futures initiative and how it boosts the aspirations of thousands of primary school children. It's well worth a read:


October 23, 2014

Work Under Pressure film now free to watch

Production company Outtakes have decided to release their Work Under Pressure film for free viewing to coincide with the European Health and Safety Week. You can watch it above.

The film centres on the personal story of Neil Moon who was so severely bullied by co-workers that he attempted suicide and suffered a breakdown that kept him out of work for 5 years. Neil wants to share his experience as widely as possible to highlight the issues around stress and other mental health issues. Also in the film are experts from Restore and Root & Branch, mental health charities in Oxfordshire who helped Neil in his recovery.

If you feel this film would be beneficial for others you know to watch, then it's possible to purchase a copy on DVD for £25 +VAT. The DVD can be ordered by calling Outtakes directly on 0208 293 9888, or emailing them at info@outtakes.co.uk.

C&D Consultancy run a stress awareness course that can be booked by getting in touch via john.woodward@demolishdismantle.co.uk

October 22, 2014

Demolition & Asbestos Awareness in Liverpool on Saturday, 1st November

Following many requests for odd places on a Saturday training course C&D have decided that we will now be running a NDTG certificated Demolition & Asbestos Awareness course on one Saturday each month in the Liverpool area with the first of those courses on Saturday 01 November with Mike Kehoe MIDE as trainer.

C&D have run open Saturday courses on a monthly basis in Birmingham and London for the last 18 months with great success and we now feel that this tried and tested model should be rolled out across other areas of the UK.

If you need a single place, or a dozen places please book them via email to mike@demolishdismantle.co.uk

Wolves pub The Wanderer could be demolished before the end of 2014

The Wanderer pub, formerly The Fox, located in Molinuex Street, Wolverhampton may now be demolished before the end of the year.

The pub used to be a regular haunt for Wolves fans, but last year it was closed after a mystery buyer purchased it. That turned out to be Wolves football club, who's intention it is to demolish the building and open up more parking for the nearby stadium.

Locals are not impressed, with Ian Stringer, chairman of the Wolverhampton branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), making the point that the pub should be a viable business.

2,300 fans have signed a petition asking for the pub to be saved, but it has yet to be handed to Wolverhampton Council.

Source: Express & Star and image courtesy of Gordon Griffiths

October 21, 2014

C&D customer Safedem is first UK demolition firm with Be Fair Accredition

We have to say congratulations to Safedem for managing to become the first demolition company in the UK to be awarded Be Fair Accredition. But what exactly does that mean?

The Be Fair Framework was created by the CITB, which is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity within the industry. The framework is an industry specific standard which provides a structure for employers to address fairness, inclusion and respect within their organisation. Benefits include:
  • Creating an environment where employees feel valued and supported
  • Creating an opportunity for an organisation to become a preferred employer and supplier of choice
  • Helping an organisation achieve corporate social responsibility gains and promoting the business within communities
  • Strengthening tender offers and helping win contractsIncreasing business benefits such as improving work-life balance for employees, reducing staff turnover, helping address skills shortages and attracting new recruits
  • Promoting public recognition as a quality organisation.
Commenting on achieving accredition, Safedem managing director William Sinclair said:

"Be Fair Accreditation demonstrates fairness, inclusion and respect to all – values that everyone at Safedem endorse and can take pride in "

Source: NFDC

IDE Council elections: John Woodward is hoping to be re-elected to the Council Of Management

John has now completed his two years in the position of Immediate Past President of the IDE, which means that in the upcoming elections he needs to stand for re-election to the Council of Management and he needs to get sufficient votes to win a seat.

Admittedly this election is not the General Election and there are no political parties and coalitions to consider, but all IDE members do need to vote and really consider which candidates to vote for as this year is crucial for the future of the IDE as we know it.

Bearing all this in mind, John has prepared the following election manifesto that we are happy to reproduce here:

"I have been a full member of IDE since 2000, a Council of Management member since 2004 and I was awarded a Fellowship of IDE in December 2008 in recognition of my work for the institute.

I am a Former President of IDE, holding the office from November 2010 until November 2012.

During my time in the IDE from 2000 to 2012 I attended every IDE Seminar and every IDE Regional meeting (including the one in Bristol when 5 people attended) as I firmly believe that the IDE is unique in the World and I love the exchange of views that we get from IDE meetings.

During my Vice Presidency I worked with Terry Quarmby to lift the profile of the IDE in the Construction industry and I continued to do that during my Presidency. The introduction of CPD was not universally popular but I believe that it demonstrated to the world that the IDE was an organization for people who wanted to improve their knowledge and wanted to prove that they were supremely skilled and fully competent.

The IDE core membership is made up of engineers in all sorts of companies carrying out their daily business of turning client's dreams into reality and clearing the past to make way for the future and I want those engineers to be recognized as problem solvers and innovators.

This time around there will be many candidates up for election to council, so I ask you to consider carefully whether others will have the best interests of the membership at heart as I do and I would urge you to not only ensure that you cast your vote, but to give a great deal of thought as to how you cast your vote.

I am fully committed to restoring the IDE profile to its former level and to make the construction industry and private developers fully aware of what IDE membership stands for and what IDE members can do for their projects.

Remember that IDE membership is for individuals not companies and if you want your IDE to continue to grow and recognition of your skills to be universal then vote for a candidate who will work tirelessly to promote IDE and ensure that your voice is heard.

It would be an honour to be re-elected to Council.


October 20, 2014

Building Collapses and Dangerous Structures event this Thursday

This Thursday, October 23rd, there is a Building Collapses and Dangerous Structures event being held at the University of Bristol from 6pm. The speaker will be Martin Ashmead CEng FISTRUCTE FICE MRICS. Martin is a former Principal Structural Engineer and Public Protection Building Control Manager, also a ‘Proper Officer’ (Dangerous Structures) – Bristol City Council.

If you would like to attend then please email mahara.booshanam@curtins.com or call on 01179 252825.

The address of the event is:

University of Bristol,
Queens Building,
University Walk,
Bristol BS8 1TR

IDE Autumn Seminar 2014 highlights

Did you miss the IDE Autumn Seminar 2014 edition? Don't worry, the IDE website has done a great job of summarising the entire event for everyone to read.

Head on over to the IDE website for the full rundown of what went on.

Four multi-storey blocks to be demolished in south Glasgow

Tarfside Oval is being regenerated, and the Glasgow Housing Association has decided to demolish four mutli-storey tower blocks in the area as part of that plan.

The four blocks in question are 20, 40, 60, and 80 Tarfside Oval in Cardonald, south of Glasgow. The flats are already empty of residents, but still cost money to maintain up to a safe standard. Demolishing them will make way for new housing to be built on the land. In total some 60 houses are planned.

This is not a decision the GHA has taken alone. Local residents are apparently in favour of the demolition occurring. The flats are very umpopular and regenerating them would have been even more costly. So now demolition is on the cards, with the work taking place before the end of 2015 and meaning we could see new houses appearing there at some point in 2016.

Source: GHA