April 17, 2015

How Temporary Is Temporary And Does It Matter?

A recent review of HSE News bulletins and trade headlines to see if we had missed anything important, other than the start of new CDM Regulations, over Easter, has shown the high number of times the phrase Temporary Works has been used. This got me thinking, what are they and how long do they have to be there before they become permanent? In fact, the first thing I found is that time is not really an issue at all, rather it is the reason for them being that which is important.

“Temporary works are the parts of a construction/demolition project that are needed to enable the permanent works to be built/demolished. Usually they are removed after use - ie access scaffolds, props, shoring, excavation support, falsework and formwork, etc. Sometimes they are incorporated into the permanent works - ie. haul road foundations and crane or piling platforms may be used for hardstanding or road foundations.” HSE Website.

This can be one of the reasons why Temporary Works continue to create so many problems on sites across the country. For example, that one acrow prop may only be needed for one day, but it may be even more important than the scaffold that is there for the week.

The legal requirement is that the “party in control must ensure that work is allocated and carried out in a manner that does not create unacceptable risk of harm to workers or members of the public.”

On projects with relatively simple Temporary Works needs, you may choose not to appoint a Temporary Works Co-ordinator. However, you must still make sure that Temporary Works are properly managed to ensure safety. Heras fencing, hoarding, ramps, footpath crossings, scaffold, site cabins are all classed as temporary works and need to be managed accordingly.

Further details on coming Temporary Works training will be released shortly, in the meantime if you have any questions please give us a call or send an email to stuart@demolishdismantle.co.uk

April 16, 2015

Erith performance rewarded by Considerate Contractor Scheme

Erith Group has been awarded the Considerate Contractor Scheme Gold Award by the City of London. The reason? Three demolition jobs performed inside the city limits, and a task not achieved before by a contractor within a 12 month period.

The specific projects include:

King William Street – situated adjacent to Prudentials European office and the heavy footfall of London Bridge.

London Development Project – in the heart of Farringdon neighbouring the City Temple.

Sugar Quay – located on the north bank of the River Thames adjacent to the iconic Tower Bridge.

The award is described as follows:

"The Gold Award recognises that the requirements of the Code of Good Practice have been consistently exceeded. It reflects a spirit of pride, an awareness of the needs of the passing public and regard for the surrounding environment."

Source: NFDC and Erith

April 15, 2015

IDE Midlands Regional Meeting was a great success

The IDE has made a point of highlighting how well the last IDE Midlands Regional Meeting went on March 26th. Organised by Adrian McLean, with our very own John Woodward in attendance, the meeting saw 35 attendees travelling to Casey Joe's Solihull from Leicester, Nottingham, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Presentations were given by Volvo UK talking about their new high reach machine, and Spillard Safety Systems who we covered a couple of weeks ago when talking about vehicle blind spots. Afterwards there was curry and a few beers.

If you missed this Midlands meeting, or would like to attend one in the future, then don't worry, there will be many more and the IDE intends to keep making them better and better.

Source: IDE

April 14, 2015

The importance of system audits, as demonstrated by the Nego Kim explosion

Here at C&D we firmly believe that system audits, as well as work practice audits, can prevent accidents and save lives.

This article and podcast on the Maritime Accident Casebook is a good example of why and is well worth a read and listen if you have the time.

If you require a systems audit please contact craig@demolishdismantle.co.uk

April 13, 2015

Coleman & Company Hot Works and Oxy-Propane Cutting Courses at Didcot

C&D are delighted to have been appointed as the approved trainers for hot works and oxy-propane cutting techniques for Coleman & Company at Didcot Power Station and have delivered four courses at the site over the last three months.

The C&D course covers all aspects of hot works and oxy-propane cutting including full demonstrations and practical tests of cutting techniques and the issues that can arise when cutting old tanks and vessels on site.

The course includes a classroom element to the day as well as full on site practical work and has been very well received by Coleman staff.

We have 155 images of the training in action. You can see them all by viewing the gallery.

April 10, 2015

IDE Membership Updates

Are you thinking of joining or upgrading within the IDE?

Are you intending to tell someone to join?

Then please make sure you complete the correct application form, most up to date versions can be found on the Institute of Demolition Engineers website.

There's actually seven grades of membership to choose between, including technician, entrant, associate, full, fellow, student, and affiliate!

April 9, 2015

Demolition of the Western Tower and Friars Walk Shopping Centre in Reading has begun

July 2014 saw the reopening of the railway station in Reading by the Queen. It cost £897 million to update the station, and now it's time for nearby buildings to get the same treatment, albeit by being demolished to make way for redevelopment.

The 15 storey Western Tower and Friars Walk Shopping Centre are both next to the new railway station, and demolition of both has now begun. It's going to be a complex job due to their location, but contractors Stanhope and TE Scudder are more than up to the challenge.

When the sites have been cleared there are plans to construct apartments, new offices, and a number of shops for local residents and visitors passing through the revamped railway station.

Source: BBC News

April 8, 2015

NDA heralds Demolition 2015 a huge success

Last month the National Demolition Association held its 42nd annual convention and expo, which is called Demolition 2015. On all counts it was a hugely successful event, with a record-breaking attendance of 1,100 people and 84 exhibitors.

One of the biggest successes was the event's focus on education within the demolition sector, and in particular the Fast & Furious education sessions. They consisted of 15 minute presentations from industry leaders. Needless to say, it was standing room only in these sessions.

Source: National Demolition Association

April 7, 2015

Another bridge demolition goes wrong, collapses and injures workers

Two workers have been injured in St. Hyacinthe, Montreal when a bridge being demolished on Laframboise Blvd. collapsed. A large section of the bridge fell on to the crane they were using, knocking it over.

Something clearly was overlooked with regards to health and safety, but it has yet to be determined what exactly allowed such an incident to happen.

Source: CTV News Montreal

April 2, 2015

April 2015 edition of the ICM Midlands Regional Newsletter available

The Institute of Construction Management has released the April 2015 edition of the Midlands Regional Newsletter.

This edition covers the major building programme at Manchester's Belle Vue Sports Village, insulated concrete forms for use in construction, Travis Perkins planning a 400-branch expansion, and the increasing price of bricks!

You can read the newsletter by clicking here.