July 20, 2017

IDE Autumn Seminar September 29th

The IDE has confirmed that the Autumn Seminar for 2017 will be happening on Friday, 29th September. The venue is One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA.

Speakers have yet to be confirmed, but the seminar acts as a venue to meet and network, and it is possible to achieve up to 6 core IDE CPD through attendance.

The closing date for pre-booked delegates is 18th September. You can pre-book or secure exhibition space by emailing info@ide.org.uk or by phoning 01634 790548.

July 19, 2017

Dave Ross funeral details announced

As we announced last week, sadly Dave Ross has passed away.

Further to that, we now have details regarding the funeral. It will take place on Wednesday, July 26th at 3pm. The location is Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway East Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 3NN.

It has been requested that flowers only come from the family. If you'd like to make a contribution then a donation to Bluebell Woods Children's Hospice in Dave's memory has been suggested. This can either be done directly or through the funeral directors on the day.

Our thoughts remain with Dave's friends and family at this difficult time.

July 14, 2017

IDE Midlands Regional Meeting, August 15th

On Tuesday, August 15th, an IDE Midlands Regional Meeting will be held in The Oak Hotel on Stratford Road in Hockley Heath.

The event is sponsored by DSM Demolition and kicks off at 5pm with registration and networking accompanied by refreshments and a buffet.

After that there will be a couple of speakers including safety consultant Steve Tamplin talking about scaffolding awareness. Then there's Ricky Hay FRICS, regional chairman of the NFDC for Scotland & ireland. He'll be talking about the demolition of the St. James Quarter in Edinburgh.

Attendees will also be able to watch a time delay video on the demolition of the Tottenham Hotspurs Ground at White Hart Lane in London. It's a work in progress by sponsors DSM Demolition.

If you'd like to attend, then please email info@ide.org.uk to register.

July 13, 2017

Remembering Dave Ross, who sadly passed away on Saturday

C&D Consultancy are sad to announce the death on Saturday, 8th July of Dave Ross.

Dave worked with C&D on a number of projects over the last ten years and was a well respected member of our team. I first met Dave at Loxley Dismantling where he was one of my site supervisors and we kept our working relationship and friendship going ever since that day.

Dave worked on many complex projects for ourselves, Apollo GCL, Thorne Demolition, AR Demolition, and many other companies during his career, and enjoyed his retirement years by cruising the worlds oceans with beloved wife Jean, drinking a few beers in his local working men's club or demolishing things on the few weeks a year that he decided to work to earn some money for another cruise!

Dave was extremely proud to have achieved IDE status after working in our industry for over 50 years and he was one of the first "old school" demolition men persuaded to join IDE when the institute opened its doors to a wider range of entry criteria.

Dave was an excellent site manager, a great machine driver, and a true Yorkshireman, never happier than when in his caravan at some demolition site eating his large pan of "Rotherham Stew" cooked by Jean for Dave to reheat most nights when he was away. In fact, the only nights that he didn't eat Jean's stew he would eat a rump steak as he was a lover of "Proper English Grub."

Dave once sat with me in his working men's club drinking a few beers, as you do, and told me of a great cruise that Jean and he had just completed on P&O Oriana where for the 28 nights of the cruise Dave ate a rump steak every night as "I couldn't face the foreign food."

He will be remembered for his friendliness to everyone and his ability to think a job through to get it down in the safest manner.

He will be sadly missed. Funeral details are unconfirmed at the moment, but we will post them when received and Jill and I will celebrate his memory on Saturday night with a few beers and a steak. I just hope that wherever he is now the menu is not just Curry and Chinese food!

July 7, 2017

This year's World Demolition Awards has a very international flavour

Regular readers will know that the World Demolition Awards and Demolition Summit 2017 are getting ever closer. This year they are being held in London on November 2nd. And it is going to be a very international affair this time around.

Entrants to the awards come from a very diverse range of countries, with the list including India, New Zealand, Singapore, and Russia. The judging line-up is just as diverse, with 8 experts made up of 4 Europeans, 3 Americans, and an Australian.

November 2nd could be a flagship night for the awards, the summit, and the demolition industry. Make sure you're there to experience it live.

Source: KHL

July 6, 2017

Armac Demolition sweep the board at the C&D Consultancy fishing day

Friday, 30th June saw anglers from the demolition industry descend on Moorlands Farm Fishery at Hartlebury near Kidderminster for the first of two charity fishing days organised by C&D Consultancy.

The day started with a "demolition breakfast" that would have fed a gang of soft strippers on it's own, before the draw for pegs with the anglers well spaced around the lake for 5 hours of catching fish.

The weather was kind to us and everyone managed to catch something. At the end of the match the nets of fish were weighed and the Armac boys finished in 1st and 2nd places!

Results were:-
  1. Ash Alison of Armac Demolition 62lbs 14oz
  2. John Kerr of Armac Demolition 42lbs 3oz
  3. Carl Falconer of Spillard Safety Systems 41lbs 12oz
  4. Brent Gill of Logical Demolition 22lbs 10oz
  5. Mike Wilkinson of C&D Consultancy 18lbs 3oz
  6. Stuart Carter of C&D Consultancy 7lbs 10oz
  7. John Woodward of C&D Consultancy 6lbs 14oz
  8. Martin Hurley of R Collard Demolition 4lbs 7oz
  9. Craig Wilkinson of C&D Consultancy Did Not weigh In
Brent Gill summed up the day when he lifted his second net out of the lake to weigh in what he thought was around 10lbs of fish only to find that there was a hole in the net and all the fish had escaped!

The day finished with pie and chips in the on site cafe before Craig Wilkinson presented the trophies and prizes to the winners. A charity collection at the end raised the great sum of £200 that was presented to Bark Inn Kennels the 5th July.

If you would like to attend the next fishing day it is on Friday, 4th August at Furnace Mill, Bewdley. It's FREE but you must contact John to book your place.

July 5, 2017

Drug driving is easier than you think

Drunk driving has become a well-known term over the past couple of decades, and the risks and consequences have been hammered into us. Choosing to drink and drive is just too risky even to consider. But what about drug driving?

There is growing use of recreational drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, which impairs judgement and therefore driving ability. If caught with such drugs in your system while driving, you can expect some form of penalty from the police. However, legal drug use can also land you in hot water, even prescription drugs.

An informative article on the USwitch website makes it clear that there are many drug classes that impair your ability to drive. They include:
  • Clonazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Lorazepam
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxazepam
  • Temazepam
  • Amphetamine
If the police stop you and carry out a test, as little as 50 micrograms per litre of blood (depending on the drug) can result in a driving offence. Yes, you can lose your license for taking drugs your doctor prescribed.

Over the counter medication? Some of it lists drowsiness as a side effect. If you get drowsy at the wheel, then you could be facing a dangerous driving charge.

So, read the instructions and if there's side effects that may impact your ability to drive then treat medication just like alcohol. Don't medicate and drive!

July 4, 2017

Inspiring the Future shares its results

The Inspiring the Future scheme, launched by the government to get industry leaders to visit schools on a volunteer basis to talk to pupils about their career and future employment opportunities, has long been supported by C&D Consultancy and John Woodward. John actively visits schools to talk about the demolition industry and hopefully inspire a few kids to set their sights on entering it.

With the scheme having run for quite some time now, the organisers have shared some fascinating insights into the results of the initiative. You can read all about them in the latest Inspiring the Future mail out.

Some highlights include the compilation of some of the key findings from various research reports explaining how the impact of interactions with young people is positively affecting them. Recently, 150 volunteers from all over the country took part in Blackpool Aspirations Week, the Chartered Institute of Building have developed a handy resource to help students know more about the range of careers in the construction industry, and the scheme got a new high-profile volunteer in the form of Andrew Price, EMEA Finance Director at BSI.

Keep up-to-date with all Inspiring the Future news on their website, and please consider becoming a volunteer.

July 3, 2017

KHL launches new website

Leading international construction information supplier KHL has just finished undertaking a complete revamp of its website and online presence to produce a brand new experience for visitors of KHL.com.

As well as a design that morphs to suit the many different types of screen you may be viewing it on, be it a computer monitor, TV, tablet, or smartphone, the website learns from the experience of registered users. Regular registered visitors will notice how the site reacts and tailors the information presented to suit your tastes.

Two final areas that have seen improvement: search, which should more easily locate what you are looking for, and specific content, with each magazine offered by KHL now having its own individual section.

June 29, 2017

IDE Autumn Seminar 29th September 2017

The IDE Autumn Seminar is being held on the 29th September this year in London. It promises to be both an interesting and informative programme of speakers and presentations on a range of topics from the Demolition industry.

It is being held at One Great Geroge Street in Westminster where there will be a chance to meet and network with other professionals from industry. You'll also be able to achieve up to 6 core IDE CPD.

If you would like to attend or obtain exhibition space, then please contact the IDE directly either by emailing info@ide.org.uk or calling 01634 790548.

June 26, 2017

IDE South East Regional Meeting August 3rd

On Thursday, August 3rd, there will be an IDE South East Regional Meeting held between 4pm-6pm. The venue is as follows:

Erith Contractors,
33 Grosvenor Place
London SW1

It's a free event and non-members are more than welcome. Registration and networking kicks off at 4pm along with free refreshments. After that, there will be a number of speakers including:

John Campbell, Campbell Associates speaking about automated noise, dust, and vibration monitoring.
Paul Millar, Erith Contactors, speaking about demolition and enabling case study of 33 Grosvenor Place.
Connor McHugh, Swantest, with a speaking topic to be confirmed.

If you are interested in attending them please email the IDE directly at info@ide.org.uk.

June 23, 2017

World Demolition Awards Judges: Bill Moore

The World Demolition Summit and Awards this year kicks off on November 2nd in London. And for those awards there needs to be judges. DRi decided to do a mini-profile for each judge, so we thought we'd mirror that practice starting with Bill Moore.

Many of you may know Bill from his 25 years as a marketing rep (among other things) at Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., but more recently he's been at Environmental Resources Management (ERM). As for his youth, he counts a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Safety and Safety Management to his name, attained while studying at Indiana State University.

Speaking with DRi, Bill commented:

"We are looking for new and innovative techniques. For example, Ferrari of France using hydraulic jacks to push walls out to collapse buildings without explosives, and Priestly Demolition’s job where it rolled a huge bridge onto the river bank to cut it up. And of course Despe’s Top Down method of enclosing the floors undergoing demolition.

There have been some serious accidents in the past couple of years in our industry so we also have to encourage all attendees at the WDS 2017 to follow best practice for the good of our industry.

Source: DRi

June 22, 2017

TRD talks about helping young people into employment

As we reported back in May, through a collaboration with Groundwork Greater Nottingham and support from the Big Lottery-fund Talent Match programme, C&D Consultancy is going to deliver specialist courses in asbestos awareness and NVQ Level 1 in Demolition to a group of young people in Derby and Nottingham.

Total Reclaims Demolition (TRD) is also involved and has posted about the initiative on their website. Here's an excerpt:

"The training provided to the chosen individuals firstly provides insight into the dangers of working with materials containing asbestos as well as essential skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in demolition. This will then be followed by a workshop and an interactive touch screen test surrounding the competencies required to carry our general labouring duties whilst under supervision. If successfully completed, the trainees will be awarded their Demolition Labourer Card and the NVQ Level 1 Certificate of Competence for Demolition Operatives."

If you or anyone you know who is in this position and would be interested in future courses, please email matt.hanrahan@groundworknottingham.org.uk

Source: Total Reclaims Demolition

June 21, 2017

Tudno Castle Hotel demolished due to "historical movement"

Back in April, two roads on either side of the Tudno Castle Hotel in Llandudno had to be closed due to the risk of the hotel collapsing. The developers on site, who were preparing for a £10 million redevelopment, noticed "historical movement" in the walls which was much more severe than first thought.

That risk turned into a need to demolish the hotel asap, and that demolition was carried out in late April with C&D Consultancy being involved through working with reclaimed and period building specialists Cawarden.

With the hotel now gone, redevelopment starts proper. The plan includes building a Premier Inn, a Beefeater, and Prezzo. Other restaurants and retail outlets will also appear on the site, all of which will link back to the town center.

Source: Daily Post

June 20, 2017

Building director first to be convicted of building site gross negligence manslaughter

Northamptonshire Police are reporting that 52-year-old Andrew Winterton, of High Street, Collyweston, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following a nine week trial. It follows a joint investigation between Northamptonshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive following the death of 33-year-old father-of-five Shane Wilkinson.

According to the police:

"The court heard evidence of how Mr Wilkinson had been standing next to a deep trench that had been incorrectly excavated by the trench digger-driver, Dean Wortley, when an unsecured trench wall collapsed and Mr Wilkinson was completely buried underneath the rubble.

A jury heard how, despite the best efforts of fellow workers at the Conquest Homes site, Mr Wilkinson was pronounced dead at the scene after his body was recovered.

Wortley was also convicted after being found guilty of a failure as a self-employed person to discharge his duty to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment, contrary to section 33(1a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Steve Woliter of Northamptonshire Police, commented:

"This was a tragic loss of a young life that could so easily have been avoided. Winterton and Wortley were both experienced in ground works and failed to show even the most basic safety measures to prevent harm to workers - such as Shane Wilkinson - on the Conquest Homes site.

This is the first case of corporate manslaughter to have been successfully tried in Northamptonshire so my extended thanks go to the tenacity of the overall prosecution team over the last few years.

Sentencing is set to happy on June 30th.

Source: Northamptonshire Police