May 27, 2015

All change at Kocurek

We have been sent the following press release from KOCUREK that is self explanatory:

Kocurek Excavators announces the departure of Brian Carroll.

It is with regret that we have to announce that Brian Carroll (General Manager) is leaving the company on 29th May 2015, to embark on a new chapter of his career and a change of direction.

Brian, who joined Kocurek Excavators in 2007, is leaving to pursue the new challenge and the board of directors of Kocurek Excavators wishes him well in the next stage of his career.

It goes without saying that we value his contribution to the growth of the business over the last 8 years which has seen us become World leaders in specialist demolition specification machines.

The company will continue to prosper and we will be announcing new appointments as and when they are made.

There will be no further statements forthcoming.

May 26, 2015

IDE signs sponsorship agreement with Liebherr Great Britain Ltd and ECY Haulmark

The Institute of Demolition Engineers has announced it has signed a 12 month sponsorship agreement with Liebherr Great Britain Ltd and ECY Haulmark. Anyone visiting IDE regional meetings and events over the coming year will see this sponsorship in action.

Speaking about the agreement, IDE President, Duncan Rudall said:

"The IDE are very pleased to have two prominent, well recognised, and influential companies wanting to be associated with us and we are certain that both parties will bring a lot to the table. We look forward to welcoming them into the IDE and kindly thank them for their sponsorship."

If everything goes to plan, the agreement can be extended for a further 12 months, which would see sponsorship continue well into 2017.

Source: IDE

May 22, 2015

The International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers gets its first female president

Julie White is the managing director of D-Drill, a company specialising in diamond drilling and concrete sawing. This successful company over 40-years-old and has 8 offices around the UK. However, it is also now home to the first female president of The International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers (IACDS).

Julie has been vice president of IACDS since 2013, but last month became president, and is so doing, becomes the first female to do so.

Speaking of her appointment, Julie commented:

"I believe my appointment as president of the IACDs proves that, actually, construction has taken great strides over recent years and is becoming an environment where women can thrive."

We wish her all the best in her new role.

Source: Business Quarter

May 21, 2015

DIY asbestos sample testing kits now available

Bradley Environmental has announced that it is now offering DIY asbestos sample test kits, which it advertises as "The fastest and most cost effective way for anyone to test for the presence of asbestos within any material."

Each DIY testing kit comes complete with everything you need to protect yourself for safely taking samples of suspected asbestos materials including full step by step instructions and all the packaging needed for you to send your samples for testing to our own in-house UKAS accredited laboratory.

Each Asbestos Sample Testing Kit Includes:

- Step by step instructions
- Disposable FFP3 fold flat face mask
- Disposable coveralls
- Pair of disposable gloves
- Cleaning wipes to ensure tools are clean after sampling
- Labelled grip lock polythene sample bags
- Packaging to return samples for analysis
- Sample submission form
- All UKAS laboratory fees are included in the test kit price

UKAS laboratory results are available in just 24 Hours.

For more information please visit the Bradley Environmental website.

May 20, 2015

EDA 2015 Annual Convention scheduled for June 11th

The EDA has announced that its annual convention is happening between June 11-13th this year in Helsinki, Finland. If you would like to attend, then please register on the EDA website.

The program is as follows:

Thursday, June 11th

This meeting will be in Finnish only.

09:00 Meeting of the Finnish Demolition Industry

Organized in cooperation with the FDA (Finnish Demolition Association)

The following meetings and workshops will be in English only.

14:00 Workshop “Selective demolition: current practices and innovation”, presented and moderated by members of the European project HISER.

15:00 Visit demolition jobsite (in pararallel with the workshop “Accreditation of demolition contractors”)

15:30 Workshop “Accreditation of demolition contractors”.

• France
• Germany
• UK
• Denmark

17:30 EDA General Assembly

For EDA Board, National Associations and EDA members.

Friday, June 12th

09:00 Opening by Riikka Kinnune, moderator of the conference, FDA-YTP (Finland)

» Institutional Opening by Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament (Finland)
» Welcome by Pilar de la Cruz, EDA President (Spain)

09:30 Conference session 1

» Guidelines for demolition of tower blocks - Barry Ward (UK)
» Pre-weakening of steel structures to enable demolition - Holly Price (UK)
» Case story: Demolition of tower blocks - Johannes Harzheim (Germany)

Coffee break & networking

11:30 Conference session 2

» Framework for demolition in The Netherlands - Edwin Zoontjes (The Netherlands)
» Circular economy: the approach of the European Commission - Vincent Basuyau (Belgium)
» Case story: Demolition of Koverhar steel mill - Jussi Niemelä (Finland)

Lunch & networking

14:15 Conference session 3

» Tracking demolition waste. The French model - Mathieu Hiblot (France)
» Trends of the European Demolition Industry - Thomas Lück (Germany)
» Croatian practices in demolition and use of recycled C&D Waste - Vedrana Lovincic (Croatia)

Coffee break & networking

16:30 Conference session 4

» Training of workers for hazardous waste decontamination Lars Sandström (Sweden)
» Working with explosives - Johan Finsteen (Denmark)
» European Professional Card for Demolition workers - Jose Blanco (EDA)

18:00 End of the Conference

May 19, 2015

IDE London Golf Day planned for September

The team at C&D has a history of supporting annual golf days, and 2015 is no different. In fact, we've got another IDE golf day lined up for later this year, only this time in London.

The date for your diary is Friday, 11th September. The venue: London Golf Club near Brands Hatch in Kent. More details will become available as the date gets closer, but for now, just keep that Friday free on your calendar.

May 18, 2015

Just how risky is construction dust? The IOSH and CITB reveal all

The IOSH and CITB have jointly released a new survey covering the risks of on-site dust and how to control them.

The key findings of the survey are as follows:

- a lack of priority given to this issue by companies
- poor awareness of the risks among workers
- little attempt to design out dust risks
- a poor understanding and use of on-tool extraction
- an over-reliance on respiratory protective equipment as the main form of control
- a lack of awareness about face-fit testing
- inadequate management arrangements to control dust
- poor worker compliance with the arrangements that are in place
- a lack of worker consultation

The 52-page survey entitled "Construction dust" is available to download and read from the CITB website.

Envirocare has also written an excellent article summarising the survey and the controlling of risks on a day-to-day basis. It's well worth your time to read.

May 15, 2015

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Golf Day raises over £6,000

Jason Guy has been in touch following our successful Golf Day last month, and the news is extremely good. We raised over £6,000 for the charity. Here's the details:

Money collected:
Team Income: £8,100
Fines Bucket: £413
Raffle: £1,060
Chip Bucket: £420
Pink Ball: £500
Football Card: £180
Other: £2,301
Total = £12,974

Astbury Hall: Golf / Food / Buggies / Additions: £4,880
Goodie Bags / Alcohol / Comedian / Prizes / Other: £1,939.15

Total: £6,819.15

Total Raised: £6,154.85

That means in just 2 years £47,000 has been raised, but Jason hasn't finished yet. He wants to reach £50,000 so has come up with the 50 for 50 for 50 idea.

Jason explains:

If 50 people donate £50 each .... we will hit £50,000!!! (OR EVEN 50P WILL DO!!!!) Cheeky I know, but it will take us to our target!!!

I have donated my £50 ... you can too (ANY AMOUNT – EVERY PENNY HELPS SAVE LIVES) at www.justgiving.com/lucyandjason. Everybody that donates will get a FREE GIFT in the post!!!

May edition of The ICM's Midlands Regional Newsletter

The ICM has released the May 2015 edition of its Midlands Regional Newsletter. Subjects covered include:

- A massive revamp of St Peter's Square Manchester by Argent
- An update on the latest figures regarding injuries in the construction sector
- Details of a new self-compacting concrete that is speeding up housing developments
- A warning to directors about the potential implications of new health & safety legislation

You can download and read the newsletter.

May 14, 2015

Free Event: Midlands Regional Meeting in June

The IDE is holding a free event in the form of a Midlands Regional Meeting on Thursday, June 11th.

The meeting will be held at Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club, located at Roger Smoldon Ground, 160 Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 2QA. Both IDE and non-IDE members are welcome between the hours of 5:30-7:30pm. This also counts as 2 hours CPD.

The programme is sponsored by Coleman and Company, and the evening programme's main focus is talks being given by Eneotech Environmental and Ruth Walton, marketing manager and Coleman, about the CDM 2015 Regulations.

If you pre-register, then a hot buffet and refreshments will be made available to you during the event. If you are interested in attending or have further questions, then please contact the National Secretary at info@ide.org.uk.