February 2, 2016

John Woodward features on Construction Worx magazine cover

Here at C&D we are delighted that John features on the cover of the new Construction Worx magazine that was published on Friday.

You can read the latest issue in your web browser.

January 25, 2016

Working well together

Following on from C&D’s recent success at the World Demolition Awards in the Collaboration category, we are pleased to announce yet another great example of how a number of agencies working together can make a very positive difference.

Follow this link to our training site to see how collaboration can be so important...

January 22, 2016

Black Country comedy sensations The Fizzogs say thank you

C&D are sponsoring Black Country comedy sensations The Fizzogs on their "Freezing" tour and they took five minutes at the press call to say thank you.

Source: Express & Star

January 21, 2016

80 people die each day from pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the air sacks (alveoli) in the lungs that are responsible for providing the body with oxygen. When the infection takes hold, puss and fluid fill the alveoli and cause oxygen starvation leaving the victim with shortness of breath. The white blood cells then target the infection to try and destroy it causing a painful inflammation of the chest cavity.

Other symptoms include physical and mental effects such as: high fever, chills, high heart rate, joint pain, muscular fatigue, aches, nausea, and vomiting. Unfortunately, 14% of people who contract this infection do not survive, even with medical help. The infection can be contracted a few different ways, but can also be prevented by using the proper breathing equipment.

Wearing a mask saves lives. If you need training in face fitting of masks, or your operatives need face fitting, please contact stuart@demolishdismantle.co.uk now. Prices start from £30.00 per person plus VAT.

January 19, 2016

C&D has had another successful year!

Here is what C&D Consultancy achieved in another successful year:

January 18, 2016

Top issues highlighted and prosecuted by the HSE in recent months

Towards the end of last year we listed a number of of issues that had been highlighted by the HSE following visits to both Demolition and Construction sites. This new list is an update to that from last year and has been compiled using data supplied by the HSE over recent months and details the issues that have been raised as a result of site visits over that period. These are recurring issues, hence the reason for highlighting them, and in many cases have resulted in prosecutions of the contractor involved.
  1. Poor management of Temporary Works
  2. Risk of Collapse due to structural instability
  3. No Asbestos Survey
  4. No Asbestos Awareness Training
  5. Inadequate or no Welfare Facilities
  6. Incorrect or bad maintenance of Plant
  7. Inadequate Fire Risk Assessment and/or Fire Provision
  8. Work at height Issues
  9. Failure to protect against Electrocution through access to live conductors or unsafe equipment
  10. Unshored excavations with risk of collapse
  11. Inadequate Site Security
  12. Poor All Round Visibility on site vehicles
  13. Safety Pins missing or unused on semi-automatic and manual quick hitches
  14. Lack Public Protection by adequate segregation
  15. Failure to prevent a Person Falling
  16. Failure to prevent Materials Falling
Many, if not all of these issues, can be avoided by appropriate training of the workforce, C&D are in a great position to help with this. Not only can we identify your training needs through a skills analysis exercise, but we can also carry out much of the training required to cover the areas listed above.

Contact Stuart at stuart@demolishdismantle.co.uk to avoid your name being on the HSE’s list.

January 14, 2016

ICM announces date for Southern Region Dinner

The Institute of Construction Management has announced that the Southern Region's 55th Annual Dinner and Dance will be held at The Holiday Inn Solent (Titchfield) on March 5th, starting at 7pm.

Eric Richards, Social Secretary, shared the following invitation with us:

You are cordially invited to attend the above at our new venue. We of the Southern Region are proud that we have been able to continue to hold our social function each year. Much will be dependent upon the valued support we receive, particularly from our members, family and friends.

Please make a note in your diary or calendar; we will look forward to meeting not only those who have attended our previous Annual Dinner and Dances, but also those of you who have never had the pleasure of attending before.

You can be assured that all aspects of your visit, the hotel accommodation, service, food and entertainment will be of the usual high standard.


We have been able to arrange the Boyle O’Dowda Irish Dancers to perform. Many of you will recall that they delighted us all several years ago at The Royal Beach Hotel.

To book your place, please download the booking form and return it to Eric Richards (address provided on the form).

January 13, 2016

Strictly Demolition

A Big Thanks to C&D!

Last year C&D took on an undergraduate student in Matthew Bardgett. From January 2014 Matthew had been working part time in the Liverpool and London offices before becoming full time in July 2015.

Not many people may know, but Matthew is a Ballroom and Latin American dancer. (How he came into Demolition I will never know) Matthew has had a ‘glittering’ career in which he has won:

Juvenile Career
  • 2006 Juvenile Northern and National Champion (Team)
  • 2007 Juvenile Northern Champion
Junior Career
  • 2010 Junior Northern champion 2nd Nationally (individual)
  • Northern and National Champion (team)
U21’s Career
  • 2011 Adult Northern Champion and 3rd Nationally (Individual Ballroom)
  • Northern Team Champion
  • Qualified to dance at Blackpool Champions of Tomorrow made the semi-final in both ballroom and Latin American missing both finals by one mark coming 7th
  • 2012 1st in the North of England Latin and 2nd Nationally (Individual Latin)
Adult Career
  • 2013 4th Northern England Latin
  • 2013 Asked to appear on Strictly Come Dancing Stars tour Natalie Lowe and Mark Foster in the North West as a special guest
  • 2014 Regular Finalist in both Ballroom and Latin American
  • 2015 Northern Team Winners and Runners up in the UK
  • Third in Latin and Ballroom Northern England (Individual)
  • Third in Ballroom and made the Semi-final of Latin American event
C&D sponsored Matthew and his team throughout the British Supadance National Finals following his recent Northern success back in September.

Matthew commented:

I would like to say a big thank you to John Woodward at C&D for sponsoring myself individually and my team. I achieved a great result this year by making the finals in Ballroom and Semi-Finals in Latin which was a high standard event. Your sponsorship was invaluable to myself and Merralls Dance Academy.

January 7, 2016

The perils of ignoring good advice

The owner of a stone masonry company has recently been successfully prosecuted by the HSE for failing to protect the health of his employees by exposing them to risks likely to cause long term and possibly life changing conditions.

Two major issues were identified:
  • Firstly, the company did not provide face masks where necessary and those employees who did have masks were not face fitted correctly or unsuitable because of facial hair.
  • Secondly, no risk assessments or health monitoring was done for the use of vibrating tools such as air hammers and as a result two workers were diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome.
If this was not bad enough the owner of the company had previously received advice about these issues from the Health and Safety Executive.

Speaking after the hearing Health and Safety Executive inspector Fiona McGarry said: “Serious irreversible ill health or even death can result from exposure to silica and hand arm vibration syndrome is a permanent disabling condition. Employers need to take action to ensure they are providing adequate control to protect the health of employees.”

So what was the cost of ignoring the HSE advice?

The owner of the company was fined a total of £2,500 and was ordered to pay £1,921.29 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 7 (1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and Regulation 5 (1) and 7 (1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

January 6, 2016

No More Asbestos?

Is it possible to remove all Asbestos from all the buildings in the UK by 2035, in 20 years’ time?

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health seem to think so. They are calling for a staged process of removal based around a timetable which identifies, prioritises and ultimately removes the substance from all structures in the UK by this date.

Key points:

- All commercial, public, and rented domestic premises should have to conduct, and register with the HSE, a survey done by a registered consultant which indicates whether asbestos containing material is present, and, if so, where it is and in what condition, to be completed no later than 2022.

- Where asbestos is identified in any premises, all refurbishment, repair or remedial work done in the vicinity of the asbestos containing material should include the removal of the asbestos. Where no such work takes place, or is planned within the foreseeable future, the duty holder must develop and implement a plan for the removal of all asbestos which ensures that removal is completed as soon as is reasonably practical but certainly no later than 2035. In the case of public buildings and educational establishments, such as schools, this should be done by 2028.

- The HSE, local authorities and other enforcing agencies must develop a programme of workplace inspections to verify that all asbestos containing material identified is properly marked and managed, and that asbestos eradication plans are in place and include, as part of the plan, an acceptable timeframe for the eradication.

- Before any house sale is completed, a survey should be done which includes a survey of the presence of asbestos. Any asbestos containing material should be labeled. Information on the presence of asbestos should be given to any contractor working on the house.

An ambitious timetable maybe, but surely one worth sticking to.