November 28, 2014

Former IDE President Robert Merrick and IDE Member Peter Lindsell have passed away

We are very sad to inform you that two former prominent members of the IDE have passed away this month.

Robert Merrick of Hughes and Salvidge was the IDE President serving between 1987 and 1988 and also the NFDC President during his career. His funeral will be held on the 3rd December at Romsey Abbey, Romsey SO51 8EN at 2:30pm.

Peter Lindsell, a long standing member of the IDE, passed away while on holiday in the Canary Islands. His funeral will be held on the 12th December at Wessex Vale Crematorium Hedge End at 2:30pm.

Source: IDE [1] [2]

November 27, 2014

C&D Customer McAuliffe adds four lorries and four new jobs

Wolverhampton-based and C&D customer McAuliffe is thanking a thriving property market this month for its expansion. The company offers a range of services to house builders, and with increasing demand from that sector, four new lorries and four new jobs have been created at the company.

To achieve the expansion, McAuliffe went to its banking partner for the required £346,000 hire purchase facility with which to acquire the new lorries. A knock on effect of that being four new job being created, taking McAuliffe's staff total to 50. A further eight lorries are expected to be ordered within the next six months.

Source: Express & Star

November 26, 2014

The cost of getting it wrong

Employers have a responsibility under Health and Safety legislation, as well as a moral responsibility to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees and those affected by their work. But what about the financial costs if the company gets it wrong?

Provisional figures for 2013/14 show that the average fine imposed by the courts for Health and Safety breaches across all industries was £18,944, in construction industries it was £8,348. However breaches tend to come in twos or threes, so the average figure for cases brought is much closer to £30,000.

Add to this costs imposed by the court and the company's own defence team costs, which can run into many thousands, then you potentially have a very expensive outcome for the company. Another thing to remember is that the HSE have a 94% success rate for prosecutions.

Maybe the money the company spends now on health and safety isn’t so bad after all, and that’s not to mention the bad publicity, the potential for jail time for directors, the loss of contracts, the low staff morale, and the list goes on...

November 25, 2014

Whose turn is it to clean the toilets?

A recent report the by HSE, following a month long programme of spot-check inspections, found that, despite many years of guidance and regulation, 40% of sites visited failed the inspection for one reason or another. Findings and results were:
  • Poor standards/dangerous practices at 40% of sites visited (691 of 1748)
  • On 360 (one in five) sites, practices so poor that enforcement action needed
  • 313 prohibition notices issued
  • 235 improvement notices issued
  • The most common issues identified related to work at height and falls (42%), failure to control dust (12%), insufficient welfare (12%) and asbestos (10%)
  • In total 35% of notices were served for health issues (asbestos, dust, noise, vibration, welfare, manual handling)
The one issue that surprises in these figures is the 12% of sites where insufficient welfare facilities were cited as a reason for the failure. Not necessarily an issue high on people’s Health and Safety agenda, but still one that can result in a problem, if you get it wrong. So what does a contractor need to do to provide adequate welfare facilities for their employees?

Well the majority of requirements are common sense as usual and could be best decided by asking yourself would I be happy using these facilities? There are however a few specifics that need addressing and they are detailed in the HSE Construction Information Sheet number 59 which should answer all questions you may have. In addition C&D’s Demolition Awareness course will help you plan for what is required.


As the HSE say “Good facilities can positively benefit health and well-being and can help to prevent dermatitis.”

November 24, 2014

Matthew Bardgett joins C&D Consultancy!

Matthew Bardgett has joined C&D Consultancy to assist in the Liverpool and London offices and work alongside Mike Kehoe.

Matthew is currently studying at Liverpool John Moores University in which he is reading Construction Project Management. On completion of his BSc, Matthew hopes study for an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety with a specific requirement for Demolition Health and Safety.

Matthew has been working part time with C&D consultancy over the last twelve months and is currently involved in working for clients such as Berkeley Homes, UKPN, Sanctuary Homes, and assisting a large number of C&D Consultancy’s Demolition clients.

Matthew has completed his student application for the IDE and is keen to progress within the industry over the coming years. Once his student days are over Matthew will come in to the fold of C&D on a full time basis and is looking forward to his career within the demolition industry.

On his appointment Mike Kehoe commented,

Matthew is a great addition to the C&D team and brings real ambition and desire to succeed in the industry. He is willing to learn and hopes his experiences at this young age will help our ever growing list of clients in the future.

John Woodward commented,

It is important that C&D invests in the future of the business and the fact we are now bringing graduate engineers into the business can only be a positive for the Demolition industry over the coming years. We will support Matthew through his studies and will take him forward when the time is right into the Institute of Demolition Engineers. We hope Matthews’s appointment is the first of many graduates to come into C&D consultancy business.

November 21, 2014

C&D Golf Day 2015 announced

As demolition diaries tend to fill quicker than the Wolves ground on a home match, we thought it best to advise readers of the date of our Golf Day for 2015 as soon as we had it, so here it is:- Thursday, 30th April 2015.

This year will see a change from our usual format in that we have decided to hold our day as part of the First4Staff Golf Day. It has been arranged by our Wolves supporting pal Jason Guy to raise much needed funds for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The day will once again be held at The Astbury in Bridgnorth (at the rear of my house which is handy), and will include a great day of golf followed by a raffle, evening meal and after dinner speaker, all of which will add to the enjoyment.

There will be C&D prizes again on the day as well as the main First4Staff prizes on offer.

Further details will follow as we get them, but in the meantime please put the date in the diary and contact Craig Wilkinson at craig@demolishdismantle.co.uk to book your place.

November 20, 2014

No Time To Lose

Ask your average site worker or contractor to name half a dozen occupational hazards and you can be fairly confident they would be able to do so. You could probably bet that the usual suspects of trips and slips, working at height and asbestos etc. would be in the list of just about all those questioned.

But what about the issues that don’t immediately spring to mind, what about, for instance, occupational cancer?

Cancer caused by work claims 666,000 lives a year worldwide – that’s one death every 47 seconds. IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign, launched this month, aims to get the causes of occupational cancer better understood and help businesses take action.

At a recent launch event in Westminster many of the industry big players got together with household name cancer charities to raise awareness of the issue and to establish a collaborative effort to tackle workplace cancers.

Find out more about the campaign, see how you can get involved, and download free resources at www.notimetolose.org.uk

Official IDE Election results have been posted

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, the IDE Election Results have now been posted. You can find them on the IDE website linked to below:


November 19, 2014

And Now The Weather Forecast – Wind, Wind and more Wind!

Autumn is traditionally the time of year for those South Westerly gales to be blowing across the country on a regular basis. Whilst they can bring obvious problems with working at height and creating dust, other, equally important issues need to be considered.

What about, for instance, your site hoardings or other types of barriers or fencing. They are all temporary works and as such need careful consideration and planning when being built, to ensure that high winds are taken in to consideration.

As past cases show, all too often these sorts of issues are not considered. The results can often be not only personal injuries to others, but financial costs to the companies.


That's just one example of a prosecution by the HSE which illustrates the point.

Why not book a Temporary Works Course by emailing margaret@demolishdismantle.co.uk to learn about how to avoid these problems.

November 18, 2014

New MEWPS Safety Leaflet from the HSE

GEIS6 - The Selection, Management and use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Produced by the HSE in conjunction with the Strategic Forum for Plant Safety – MEWP Safety group, this new information sheet is aimed at helping those who select, specify, manage and operate mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). It tells what should be considered before selecting a MEWP to gain access to work at height and the risks that need to be assessed and managed while the MEWP is in use.

All types of MEWPs are covered by this guidance including:
- Vertical scissor lift
- Self-propelled booms
- Vehicle and trailer-mounted booms

Follow the link below for your free copy:


As you would expect C&D also offer training courses relating to MEWPs, including MEWPs for Managers and IPAF Operator Training. For Further information please contact margaret@demolishdismantle.co.uk