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Demolition News Radio #160

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The disappearance of Dr Diesel
On the evening of 29 September 1913, a 55-year old man boarded the SS Dresden steamship in Antwerp, Belgium bound for London. He took dinner on board the ship and then retired to his cabin at about 10 pm, leaving word to be called the next morning at 6:15 am. But in the morning his cabin was empty.   The man was never seen alive again. That man was Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that still bears his name to this day. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two. You can do so here.
05:11
August 10, 2022
Short-sighted. Greedy. Stupid.
How the greed, stupidity and short-sightedness of the demolition and construction industry's training regime is potentially costing the sector experienced workers. You can read Demolition Duality here. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two. You can do so here.
05:18
August 08, 2022
BISCUITS! BISCUITS!! BISCUITS!!!
How the stress of an excavator operator training course had an unexpected effect upon a candidate.
04:07
July 25, 2022
A sign of things to come?
If climate experts are to be believed, then the wildfires that swept across vast swathes of the south of England yesterday should serve as a warning; a foreboding glimpse of a potentially Hellish future. But is the demolition and construction industry prepared?
03:23
July 20, 2022
Construction's climate of fear
"...If the demolition and construction industry creates a climate of fear in which experienced workers are afraid to speak out lest it impact upon their career prospects, then we will have surrounded ourselves with “yes men” that will gloss over genuine safety concerns in return for ongoing employment, access to the next rung on the career ladder, and a future pay rise..." If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two.   You can do so here.
05:36
July 18, 2022
Demolition, the CMA and the Manchester United effect
In the aftermath of the Competition and Markets Authority probe into bid rigging, could the demolition industry's top companies find it harder to retain and attract top talent?     Could forward-thinking and ambitious demolition workers start to choose their next employer - at least in part - according to the companies best avoided?   And could that lead to a "Manchester United effect" within the sector? If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two.   You can do so here.
06:18
July 15, 2022
The imbalanced scales of justice
Why is the life of a roofer valued at 27 times that of a demolition worker; and should there not now be a minimum fine for companies found guilty over a site fatality?
03:26
July 12, 2022
Compliant? Well, sort of...
In the field of demolition, the term "compliant" can apparently cover (or cover up) a multitude of sins. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two.   You can do so here.
04:42
July 11, 2022
When the begging bowl is empty
The National Federation of Demolition Contractors' failure to act over the bid rigging scandal that has named 10 of its members could (and, perhaps, should) make it harder for the NFDC to attract sponsorship from industry suppliers that are protective of their brand and reputation. And that could, in turn, limit the Federation's ability to do some (or all) the things that used to make it great. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two.   You can do so here.
04:04
July 05, 2022
The Federation and The Queen
When The Queen failed to return from her holiday at Balmoral and refused to fly the Union flag at half mast over Buckingham Palace in the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana, she was seen as cold, distant and aloof.   There was a feeling that she had misjudged the mood of the nation.   The National Federation of Demolition Contractors' failure to act in the aftermath of the CMA scandal now sees it cast in a similar light.
05:36
July 04, 2022
The CMA Files #8
It has been a week that eight (or possibly ten) members of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors will want to forget: a week in which the three-year investigation into bid-rigging and price-fixing in the UK demolition industry came home to roost and found those companies wanting; a week in which the "voice of the demolition industry" feel silent as the magnitude of the collusion became clear. DemolitionNews and The Break Fast Show has been covering this (pretty much alone) throughout. And in this very special episode of The CMA Files, we look back at a week of almost endless revelations; revelations that have brought the demolition industry and the NFDC into disrepute. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two.   You can do so here.
26:28
July 01, 2022
Cometh the hour, cometh the man...?
The saying says:  "Cometh the hour, cometh the man".  But what if the hour cometh and the wrong man cometh with it? It is highly likely that the worst of the CMA shit-storm will land in the lap not of the incumbent NFDC President William Crooks but in the lap of his successor, Gary Bishop. When Crooks’ tenure comes to an end, what the NFDC will need is a President with the ability to unite members and engage with them. Instead, it appears to be headed for a President that has already been the target of one ousting campaign.  A man who failed to engage the Federation membership before and will likely do so again. What the NFDC needs even MORE desperately is a President with fresh ideas and a fresh perspective. What they look set to get is a second-time-around President who brings with him more than a decade of baggage and intellectual intransigence. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two here.   Mark Anthony is the founder of DemolitionNews.com.
07:05
June 30, 2022
Demolition and the stench of collusion
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has named 10 companies that have been investigated for bid-rigging and price fixing.   Eight of them have admitted involvement.   But while the industry is still reeling, it does have the opportunity to rebuild anew. If you enjoy this episode, then please consider showing your support at www.buymeacoffee.com/demolitionnews
04:15
June 27, 2022
The CMA Files #7 | Provisional
After an investigation that has taken more than three years, the Competition and Markets Authority has finally released its provisional findings.   Those findings implicate a total of 10 companies, eight of which have admitted their involvement. All 10 were members f the National Federation of Demolition Contractors at the time of the alleged price-fixing. The following episode includes the the original news story broadcast as part of DemolitionNews' Break Fast Show on Friday 24 June while the remainder is an unscripted after-show chat.
28:51
June 24, 2022
The CMA Files #6 | Limbo
40-months after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) turned its spotlight onto alleged collusion within the UK demolition industry, the investigation is now in limbo while the CMA prepares to release its findings. And while we await the CMA pronouncement, this podcast is being turned into a new book. Watch this space! If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this podcast, then please consider buying the author a coffee...or two. Just CLICK HERE.
11:52
June 13, 2022
David Darsey departs NFDC
The exodus from the National Federation of Demolition Contractors continues with the shock announcement that former president and honorary life vice president David Darsey has resigned. You can read more here.
05:04
May 30, 2022
The CMA Files #5 - The Reckoning
Is it possible to separate the criminal from the crime?   Is it possible to forgive and forget?   Does it matter? As the story of the Competition and Markets Authority investigation (supposedly) nears its conclusion, we consider how the perpetrators might be viewed in a post-CMA era. 
09:20
May 23, 2022
The CMA Files #4 - Re-tendering
In the penultimate episode (for now) we look at a possible outcome if companies are found guilty of collusion and/or price-fixing and how this might open the way for others to prosper in their wake.
08:42
May 16, 2022
The CMA Files #3 - Speculation
From the very outset, the industry rumour mill has served up literally dozens of company names that self-appointed experts insist have been caught in the CMA net. If you enjoyed this episode, if you got value from it or if you would like to help support this newsletter, then please consider showing your appreciation by buying the author a coffee...or two.
08:53
May 09, 2022
Business Briefing for April 2022
It was a month in which house-building was usurped as construction’s busiest sector and when London was knocked from its perch as the UK’s busiest construction region.  Both changes are to be welcomed, says Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards. If you enjoy this episode, please consider leaving up a tip over at buymeacoffe.com/demolitionnews. Thank you.
18:52
May 04, 2022
The CMA Files #2 - Teeth
In the second episode of The CMA Files, we learn who and what the Competition and Markets Authority is; we learn that it has teeth; and we learn that it is not afraid to use them. The third episode will follow on Monday 9 May.
10:42
May 02, 2022
Tackling the tiredness epidemic
In several recent episodes of DemolitionNews' The Break Fast Show, demolition and construction workers revealed how their working day often begins at 04.30 or 05.00 am in the morning.   Following a resulting debate on the potential impact of tiredness and fatigue, I dug through my archives for an interview with Caterpillar's Mitch Cowart about what he describes as a "catastrophic epidemic of sleep deprivation" and about some of the potential technological solutions. If you are listening to this on Apple Podcasts, can we please ask you to rate this episode as it greatly helps our channel.
26:53
April 26, 2022
Speak up and Speak Out
Whenever we speak about the future for demolition and construction, we talk about a sector constantly under the watchful eye of drones, where remotely controlled and autonomous machines carry out tasks with pinpoint accuracy. A world in which diesel fuel has been consigned to the history books and in which electric and hydrogen-powered machines now reign supreme.   And we also envisage a world in which the presence of humans on demolition and construction sites has been reduced or eradicated entirely. But all of that remains a long way off.   So what is to become of the industry's workers until that happens?   Are they expected to soldier on in an often toxic work environment; where bullying is an unspoken but constant threat; where the suicide rate is three times the national average; where women and ethnic minorities remain a novelty? This episode was inspired - at least in part - by this episode of the "From the seat of the cab" podcast.   And it is a subject that is covered in greater depth in this article.
03:41
April 25, 2022
The CMA Files #1 - Back to the beginning
The Competition and Markets Authority investigation into alleged collusion within the UK demolition industry has been in progress for more than three years now. In this, the first episode in our brand-new podcast series, we travel back to 2019 to revisit where the story began. The second episode will follow on Monday 2 May 2022.
07:49
April 25, 2022
The CMA Files - Trailer
It is a story that has gripped the UK demolition sector for the past three years; the Competition and Markets Authority investigation into alleged collusion within the industry.   Now, as that investigation apparently nears its conclusion, DemolitionNews brings you the story of that investigation in an exclusive new podcast series. This is just a trailer.   The first full episode will drop on Monday 25 April 2022.
01:00
April 20, 2022
Beyond the reporter's notebook #5
The naivety of youth and how a digger journalist gained a lucrative sideline in the porn industry.      Welcome to the latest episode of Beyond the reporter's notebook.
12:32
April 11, 2022
Fighting the fuel thieves
Predictions of a spike in fuel theft in the wake of the removal of the red diesel rebate on 1 April are coming true.   And it is costing demolition and construction companies dear.
16:40
April 08, 2022
Smart Construction with Richard Clement, Komatsu Europe
During the Futureworx event, we caught up exclusively with Richard Clement, Deputy General Manager; Smart Construction, Komatsu Europe to talk about all things Smart Construction.
09:32
April 05, 2022
Demolition's shoddy shop window
With each new accident. each new fatality, each new investigation and each new prosecution, it becomes harder and harder to recruit the young people the demolition industry so desperately needs.
04:05
April 04, 2022
MachineMax | Future solutions to today's fuel challenges
Electric machines are here but they’re not the panacea for all applications.   Hydrogen machines are exciting but they remain a long way off. So, if we’re to reduce our environmental impact while reducing costs, we need to figure out how to maximise the fuels we have today. And a data-driven company called MachineMax does just that.
06:15
April 01, 2022
Future Vision with Holger (HoPi) Pietzsch
There are those that see the immediate issues and challenges.   And there are those like Holger (HoPi) Pietzsch of Hexagon Geosystems that see the bigger picture.   In this exclusive interview, HoPi shares his unique vision of the future for construction and for humanity.
22:19
April 01, 2022
Ownminder app - Protecting the mental health of demolition and construction workers
Demolition and construction industry leaders have joined forces with a highly-respected chartered psychologist in the development of a new dedicated app designed to provide workers with mental fitness tools to protect against poor mental health.   You can find out more at www.Ownminder.com.
12:49
March 28, 2022
Beyond the reporter's notebook #4
A trip to Italy, a pair of shoes for Mrs DemolitionNews and watching Bruce Springsteen in concert while naked.   What could possibly go wrong?   Welcome to the latest episode of Beyond the reporter's notebook.
07:11
March 28, 2022
Band of Builders offers free mental health counselling
Originally conceived to raise awareness of mental health issues among construction workers, the Band of Builders is now offering a free counselling service.   You can find out more here:  https://bandofbuilders.org/ This film is an extract from The Break Fast Show #272
07:13
March 27, 2022
Beyond the reporter's notebook #3
Beyond the reporter's notebook is a new podcast from Mark Anthony, a journalist who has spent more than 30 years writing about construction demolition and construction equipment. During that time, he has written millions of words and tens of thousands of articles. But there are stories that have never made it into print; the stories BEHIND the stories. In this episode, Mark recounts a tale of cheese and eggs.
04:39
March 21, 2022
Beyond the reporter's notebook #2
Beyond the reporter's notebook is a new podcast from Mark Anthony, a journalist who has spent more than 30 years writing about construction demolition and construction equipment. During that time, he has written millions of words and tens of thousands of articles. But there are stories that have never made it into print; the stories BEHIND the stories. In this episode, Mark recounts a tale of unexpected Norwegian nudity..
07:19
March 11, 2022
Saturday Social #6
Conflict in Ukraine, the demise of red diesel, social values and the smaller equipment manufacturers surviving on the crumbs from the table of the majors.   All that and more on the latest outing of the Saturday Social.
56:55
March 06, 2022
Beyond the reporter's notebook #1
Beyond the reporter's notebook is a new podcast from Mark Anthony, a journalist who has spent more than 30 years writing about construction demolition and construction equipment.   During that time, he has written millions of words and tens of thousands of articles.    But there are stories that have never made it into print; the stories BEHIND the stories.   In this episode, Mark recounts the time he was held at gunpoint in Egypt.
07:09
March 04, 2022
Demolition's opportunity to reset
The investigation into alleged collusion within the UK demolition sector has the potential to redraw the industry landscape forever.   But it also presents the industry with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reset and to create a sector that is representative of the many rather than the few.
03:14
February 25, 2022
The Surgery | with Dr Terry Quarmby - Episode #2
Welcome to the second episode of The Surgery featuring Dr Demolition himself, Dr Terry Quarmby.   In this episode, Terry explains his many problems with construction companies; the issue of embodied carbon; the ongoing saga of the Didcot Disaster investigation; and what he would do if he was made Minister of Construction.   So sit back and hear what Dr Terry Quarmby has to say on this all new episode of The Surgery.
38:37
February 24, 2022
The Surgery | with Dr Terry Quarmby - Episode #1
Terry Quarmby has spent the past half century working in the field of demolition.  He rose through the ranks to become the President of the Institute of Demolition Engineers while gaining a reputation for his forthright manner and a willingness to express his opinion.    We decided that opinion required a platform.   And this new show IS that platform.   During this pilot episode, Terry Quarmby discusses: The impending demise of diesel power; the new National Emergency Services Support Taskforce; industry competence cards; and his reaction to the ongoing investigation into alleged collusion within the UK demolition industry.   This is Dr Terry Quarmby.   The Surgery is now in session.
25:28
February 24, 2022
Saturday Social #4
In this latest episode of the Saturday Social, we talk (a LOT) about the toxic work environment that still pervades the demolition and construction industry.   During the discussion, we reference a video - You can see that video here. We’re also joined by our special guest, Al Grierson of Construction Channel Luxembourg. And we take a trip down memory lane to look at the machines we have loved and the machines we have lost.
01:17:22
February 14, 2022
Saturday Social #2
The second outing of the Saturday Social covers a broad range of topics including the use of technology in demolition and construction, getting disabled workers back behind the levers of construction equipment, pizzas and donkeys!
01:40:55
January 30, 2022
Eco-Warrior 2.0
The environmentalists and eco-warriors of old used to arrive clutching home-made placards, herbal cigarettes and chains with which to affix themselves to site gates and construction and demolition equipment. The eco-warriors of today come armed with something far more formidable - Science.
03:18
January 11, 2022
A National Disgrace
The failure to conclude the Didcot investigation in what will soon be six years speaks to an uncomfortable yet undeniable classism that permeates UK society to this very day.   The intransigence of the HSE, the police, of MPs and others in authority ultimately proves that those that go to work in suits and ties view those that work in hard hats and site boots as expendable.   As little more than cannon fodder.
03:24
January 06, 2022
A Damning Indictment
How far has the demolition industry really come if the HSE considers it necessary to issue a reminder that buildings can become unstable during demolition? And just how professional is an industry in which accidents and fatalities are greeted not with a scream of outrage but with a shrug of resignation and familiarity?
06:05
December 21, 2021
2022 and beyond
What does 2022 have in store for the combined demolition and construction industry? Joining me to find out is Ben Griffiths of Rye Demolition, Peter Haddock of Content with Media, and Neil Edwards of The Builders' Conference.
01:15:05
December 15, 2021
The Emergency Services' Emergency Service
The National Emergency Services Support Taskforce (NESST) is the emergency services' emergency service; a hand-picked group of demolition and structural engineering experts able to advice the emergency services  on the integrity (or lack thereof) of a dangerous structure that has been damaged by fire, flood or even terrorist attack.   You can find out more about NESST here:  https://www.nesst-response.com/
13:31
December 13, 2021
Piling sector beats demolition to simulator-only competence card
The piling sector is currently facing a severe skills shortage. The demolition sector is currently facing a severe skills shortage. The piling sector is struggling to recruit young people. The demolition sector is struggling to recruit young people. The piling sector has an ageing workforce. The demolition sector has an ageing workforce. Training within the piling sector is to suited to a classroom environment. Training within the demolition sector is not suited to a classroom environment. The piling sector now has a provisional competence card that is attained via a simulator. And that is where the similarities between the two sectors end.
02:15
December 08, 2021
Collusion tops demolition search terms
In years gone by, the most popular search terms used by visitors to the DemolitionNews website have included "demolition accident", "demolition jobs", "high reach excavator" and "Didcot Power Station" But in 2021, the search term used most on DemolitionNews.com was a single word.   And that word is collusion.
04:26
November 29, 2021
An environmental double-standard
Many of the world's construction and demolition equipment manufacturers make bold claims about their commitment to the environment and a carbon zero future. And yet, many of those same companies continue to specify and manufacture previous generation diesel engines for sale to parts of the world with less stringent emissions regulations. Is that acceptable?   Is that right?
04:38
November 26, 2021
A Site for Sore Eyes II - The story behind the story
The brand-new book from DemolitionNews' Mark Anthony is a collection of articles, essays and columns from the year 2021 as the demolition industry enjoyed an uptick in workloads offset by the growing threat of materials, skills and fuel shortages and the impending switch to non-fossil fuels.   You can buy A Site for Sore Eyes II using this link:   https://amzn.to/3cpGicB
03:10
November 19, 2021
Is the Health and Safety Executive fit for purpose?
Four years to investigate an open and shut case of a man that froze to death on a site in Scotland.   Another four years to investigate an overturned excavator.   And six years (and counting) to investigate the Didcot Disaster in which four demolition men were killed. So is the Health and Safety Executive actually fit for purpose any longer?
03:20
November 18, 2021
What if demolition stopped?
Could an entire industry be driven out of existence purely to satisfy environmental pressures and demands? It is unlikely; but it is not without precedent.
05:51
November 08, 2021
Dangerous Structure, Emergency Response
Paul Ford of Deconstruct has attended and helped make safe literally hundreds of dangerous structures.   Based upon that experience, he was the first civilian to enter Grenfell Tower after the tragic fire that claimed the live so of more than 70 residents on 14 June 2017. Now, he has written a superb new book that charts his career, and the key challenges of Grenfell and other dangerous structures. While the book should be considered the go-to guide for anyone dealing with a dangerous structure, the book is much more than a dry demolition text book.   Indeed, the book contains a huge amount of humanity, honesty and even humour. Perhaps just as importantly, all the proceeds from the book will be split between Grenfell Tower charities and the Mates in Mind charity for mental health awareness in the construction and demolition industry. So, when you have finished listening to this exclusive interview, go direct to Dangerous-Structure.com and order a copy.   Better still, order multiple copies and share them among your colleagues. Oh, and if anyone is considering awards and trophies to recognise contributions tot he demolition industry, Paul Ford should be a shoe-in.
37:04
October 29, 2021
The Demolition Training Debate
In this very special and very long) episode of The Break Fast Show, we are joined by Howard Button, CEO of both the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and the National Demolition Training Group.  Topics discussed include competence cards, the level of experience required to attain some of the higher CCDO cards, the role of equipment simulators in the field of demolition training, and much more besides.
59:02
October 21, 2021
How much demolition experience is enough?
How much demolition experience should be required before someone is considered for a Demolition Supervisor course and competence card?   That was the question we posed in our latest industry survey.   And the industry has spoken.
04:33
October 15, 2021
Embodied Carbon and the threat to UK demolition
The issue of embedded carbon - the carbon emitted when building materials are made - is potentially being used to drive political thinking and possibly even legislation.   Such a move could have a huge and damaging effect upon the UK demolition industry.
02:59
October 13, 2021
The lasting legacy of mega projects
In the latest episode of the No Agenda show, we look at how mega projects like the Channel Tunnel, the London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail and HS2 are pushing the envelope for developments in construction and demolition methods, health and safety and technology.
21:07
September 29, 2021
Making the Futureworx
In March 2022, the eyes of the construction and demolition equipment world will turn towards Peterborough.   But the sectors' collective minds will be focused on the future as the first-ever Futureworx event opens its doors. The CEA, hosts of the Plantworx construction exhibition, has joined forces with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to deliver a future technology event – Futureworx. The new event is taking place on the 30th and 31st of March 2022 at the East of England Arena, in Peterborough,  and will showcase the latest in technology and cutting edge innovations to make the workplace safer, smarter and more sustainable, as we head down the road to net-zero. The event will focus on people plant interface management, telematics, the connected site, GPS systems, safety systems and advances in autonomous and electric and hydrogen machinery. The show aims to highlight sustainability, productivity and advances in future fuels such as hydrogen, electric and HVO. In this exclusive interview, outgoing CEA CEO Rob Oliver looks forward to an event that, well, looks forward.
06:39
September 27, 2021
Combatting construction's mental health, one cuppa at a time
On this episode, I am joined by Rich Woods from Band of Builders, a charitable organisation that is now turning its attention to combatting the scourge of mental health issues that are impacting the UK construction industry. Rich’s contribution was insightful and thought-provoking.   And his message and the message behind the Band of Builders’ Big Brew initiative needs to be heard and - more importantly - shared.
34:60
September 17, 2021
Combatting demolition dust with a man-made hurricane
Steve Wolf is a movie special effects expert who spent the formative part of his career blowing things up and lighting buildings, cars and people on fire.   As a result, he has learned a lot about extinguishing those blazes; and he has recently been using that knowledge to tackle the wildfires in his native America.   But he is now turning his attention to the issue of controlling dust from explosive demolition events.    And his weapon of choice is a man-made Category 5 hurricane...on wheels.
14:51
September 16, 2021
UK infrastructure bonanza...?
Following the news that the UK government has earmarked £650 billion to improve the nation's infrastructure, creating some 425,000 jobs per year in the process, we speak to Builders' Conference CEO Neil Edwards about the implications and likely outcomes.
15:09
September 13, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #68
In today's show: Engineers call for the demolition of the fire-ravaged Grenfell Tower; Travis Perkins raises concerns (and prices) over materials shortages; and a demolition contractor is required for a big project in Chester.   We will also ask why it takes four times longer to investigate a power plant collapse in the UK than it odes in the US. All that and more, in The Break Fast Show.
09:14
May 31, 2021
No Agenda #1
We're trying something new.   On Saturday, I will be broadcasting a new show called No Agenda which - as the name implies - is a show with no script, no plan, and NO AGENDA. As a result, the conversation takes in trips to Japan, electric and hydrogen equipment, massive attachment jaws, and why a giraffe is so poorly designed. This episode was originally broadcast as a Facebook LiveStream that you can see here.
56:31
May 22, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #62
In today’s show:  Father killed and son critically injured in site incident; Yanmar rolls VT to introduce three new mini excavators; there’s demolition work to be had in Oldham; AR Demolition is recruiting excavator operators; and Aggrecycle is letting the train take the strain. All that and more on The Break Fast Show.
08:52
May 21, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #61
In today’s show: A lift incident in Liverpool leaves two workers seriously injured; a community centre in St Albans requires the attention of a demolition contractor; the roll-out of Doosan’s new wheel loaders gathers pace; and we look back at a forward-looking show in which we posed the question: Who will be the Tesla of the construction equipment world? All that and more in The Break Fast Show.
07:02
May 20, 2021
Who will be the Tesla of the construction equipment world?
The construction equipment industry is a mature market in which changes and improvements are largely incremental variations on a proven theme. The same was true of the automotive sector until Elon Musk and Tesla rode the crest of the electric vehicle revolution and turned the car market onto its head. So where is the construction equipment’s Tesla? Who will be our Elon Musk To discuss this, myself and my co-host Peter Haddock of the Content with Media podcast are joined by two industry renowned thought leaders: Carl Gustaf Göransson, and Alan Berger.
01:13:43
May 20, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #61
In todays show: A trans-Atlantic co-operation comes to the field of explosive demolition; Volvo unveils its new hydrogen fuel cell test lab; and CASE Care comes to the UK. Oh, and guess who has been named as the world’s Number One demolition podcast? All that and more in The Break Fast Show.
09:24
May 19, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #59
In today’s show:  JCB looks beyond the construction equipment world with its pioneering hydrogen technology; a sneak peek at the equipment and technology being used to bring the Teeside Freeport to fruition; and a demolition contractor is required to pave the way towards a number of new houses in Newhaven, East Sussex.    You can find a link to the Autocar article on JCB here:  https://tinyurl.com/b7d5azfz.   And you can see the full-length film of Peter Haddock's trip to the Teeside freeport site here: https://tinyurl.com/pb5cp7dw
08:54
May 18, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #58
In today’s show: A British bridge lands on a highway by accident; a US bridge lands on a highway on purpose; and a demolition contractor is required to demolish a pub in Peterborough.  Also, you can find out why The Break Fast Show is not going away, despite the easing of lockdown restrictions. All that and more, in The Break Fast Show.
05:36
May 17, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #57
In today’s show:  Tales of Yanmars yet to come; Olympia is falling; and a demolition contractor is required to pave the way for a new builder’s merchant store in Coventry.    All this and more, in The Break Fast Show.
04:38
May 14, 2021
This HAS TO STOP - Mental Health Awareness in construction
Andy Stevens is an award-winning builder and broadcaster. He was also Vice President of the London region of the Federation of Master Builders where he was on the board for nearly a decade. Andy has produced and presented his own radio show, and has just finished presenting a weekly live show for OnTheTools, which has over four million followers. He also hosts his own weekly construction podcast called Build:It. More importantly, Andy is an ambassador for both the Construction Industry Training Board and the Lighthouse Club construction charity looking specifically at the subject of mental health awareness. The following interview was recorded to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. But, as you will hear, Andy Stevens believes that mental health issues within the combined construction and demolition sectors needs more than a week-long focus once a year.
41:39
May 14, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #56
In today's show: Hyundai has a date with destiny; Caterpillar passes an astonishing milestone with its autonomous trucks; and there's a shiny new demolition contract just waiting for the right contractor in the town on Nuneaton.  All that together with a surge in JCB book sales and a look ahead to our special one-off show to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, in The Break Fast Show.
05:50
May 13, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #55
In today's show:  The Sirius Group invests in a Kobelco excavator fleet; electric Volvo excavators take to the Californian desert; there is a new demolition opportunity in the West Midlands; and there is a stark reminder of the scale of the mental health problem facing the UK construction sector.   All that and more in The Break Fast Show. You can find a full set of extended show notes here:  https://tinyurl.com/eham6p4w
06:28
May 12, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #53
In today’s show:  Dykon fells Texan flyover in spectacular style; a small portion of Slough is facing demolition ahead of a near £4.0 million mixed-use development scheme; and the prosecution of a Blackpool company provides yet another reminder of the dangers of working at height.    And working at height safety breaches is also the subject of this bonus article from today’s This Week in Demolition email newsletter:  https://tinyurl.com/m7xa6e5c.    You can find our extended show notes here:  https://tinyurl.com/f49wcsf9
06:50
May 10, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #52
In today's show:  Mammoet carries out a big lift at Hong Kong airport; Kubota unveils its new micro machines; and Cumbria City Council is seeking a team of bridge busters.    All this and more in The Break Fast Show.    You can find the extended show notes for today;s show here:  https://tinyurl.com/3tfk2rwk
05:26
May 07, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #51
In today's show: COVID-19 impacts upon Keltbray's profitability; there another demolition opportunity in Walton on Thames; Kings Heath Demolition commits to Doosan excavators; and we get up close and personal with some truly original equipment from Mecalac.
06:50
May 06, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #48
In today's show:  Working at height breaches on the rise; a jewel of a job in Birmingham; Manitou invests for the future; and the great MB Crusher mystery.   All this and more in The Break Fast Show.
06:21
May 04, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #47
In today's show:  A demolition opportunity in High Wycombe; Doosan is set to unveil a new Dash-7 wheel loader; and spooky goings-on with the Digger Man Blog.   In a longer than usual episode, we will also be joined by Neil Edwards, CEO of market intelligence provider, The Builders' Conference to analyse the contract awards from April 2021. You can find our extended show notes here:  https://tinyurl.com/rkc6d437
36:54
April 30, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #46
In today's show:  Demolition industry says goodbye to former NFDC President; Gill Demolitions enters voluntary liquidation; and the human cost of the Qatar World Cup.    All that PLUS a birthday shout-out to one of demolition's finest, former IDE President, Mr John Woodward. You can find out ore in today's extended show notes, here:  https://tinyurl.com/2dzrke6p
09:00
April 29, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #45
In today’s episode:  Scaffold company says categorically that the Leadenhall Street incident was NOT a scaffold collapse; Wacker Neuson and Bomag  team up to provide shareable battery technology; a big demolition job is up for grabs at the site of the former Debenhams department store in Edinburgh; and the job vacancies just keep on coming.  And there’s a birthday shout-out to Alessia Valerio of MB Crusher too. You can find all this and more in our extended show notes here: https://tinyurl.com/6jeezaww
08:46
April 28, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #44
In today's episode: Exclusive footage from the aftermath of a scaffold collapse in London; demolition contractor to clear the way for a housing development in Edinburgh; and Instagram Live proves to be more popular than we could ever have imagined.   You can find all this and more in our extended show notes here: https://tinyurl.com/3cmaspa4
09:09
April 27, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #43
In today's show:  Aldi offer a demolition opportunity in Coventry; DemolitionNews is launching a dedicated live show on Instagram, starting today; and - in light of last week's high profile prosecution - we look at the subject of MEWP safety with Ben Byrne of Ashview Consultants. You can find our extended show notes here:  https://tinyurl.com/rsencn85
18:28
April 26, 2021
Drugs in Demolition
The abuse of drugs and alcohol within the demolition industry is a serious and worsening problem.    In this exclusive interview, we speak to expert Matt Taylor of www.itstestkits.com about the issue and what can be done to protect both employers and employees.
38:08
April 25, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #42
In today’s extended episode: Liebherr unveils new 30 tonne class Generation 8 excavator; a demolition contract at Manchester College is up for grabs; IPAF unveils a new set of free Toolbox Talks; and we look at the increasingly important issue of drugs misuse in the field of demolition and construction. You can find out more in our extended show notes here: https://tinyurl.com/2kh5ruj5
04:58
April 23, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #41
In today's episode:  Armac is seeking a graduate structural engineer to bolster its team; Manitou takes the wraps off its new telescopic handlers; and Lazarus Rising - The return of a man who had a near-death experience in service of his trade organisation.   All this PLUS the birthday of the father of the atomic bomb.    You can find extended show notes for today’s show here:  https://tinyurl.com/3h5yysar
09:14
April 22, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #40
In todays show: The true cost of the post-Grenfell cladding remediation programme; job opportunity in the West Midlands and project opportunity in the North West; and demolition's continuing failure to learn from past mistakes.   All this and more in our 40th episode.   You can find extended show notes for today’s episode here:  https://tinyurl.com/uj6tzb7d
08:28
April 21, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #39
In today's extended show:  An historic Northumberland mansion faces demolition; Glenbarrow Demolition wins mosque contract in Cheadle; MST Parts Group celebrates a half century in business; and why this new podcast from Peter Haddock at Content with Media might just be the most important piece of industry journalism:  https://tinyurl.com/9z66dnbc PLUS, we will be discussing the concept of a European demolition super league.   Who would would you place on the list of Europe's demolition elite...?
16:12
April 20, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #38
In today’s show:  Exciting new opportunities in the North of England; MGL Demolition carries out successful blast at former Teesworks facility in Redcar; and we’ve got the weekend all wrapped up. PLUS – Check out the informative new podcast from our Construction Collective co-founder Peter Haddock to find out everything you could possibly need to know about HVO alternative fuels.    You can catch that episode here:  https://tinyurl.com/4rsx9mjn
05:20
April 19, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #37
In today’s show: Self-employed wages return to pre-COVID levels; asbestos denaturing programme gets boost from University of Wolverhampton; CASE unveils the latest evolution of its G-Series wheel loader range; and we’re getting ready to bring you The Weekend Wrap.  And you can view the whole of last night’s epic CASE wheel loader live show right here: https://youtu.be/1BKfyQwBU4c
06:14
April 16, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #36
In today's slightly earlier than usual show: Uptick in recruitment underlines sector positivity; a new addition to the Volvo Construction Equipment demolition machine range; a new show will allow you to binge on industry news over your weekend Corn Flakes; and we're getting ready for the grand unveiling of the new CASE G-Series wheel loaders.   You can find out more in today's extended show notes: https://tinyurl.com/z3a2t9bk
06:16
April 15, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #35
In today’s show:  We look back at yesterday’s massive product launch that saw 45 new or improved products join the JCB stable.   Total Reclaims Demolition earns praise from commercial property specialists for its new industrial development in its native Nottingham.   We look ahead to another massive machine launch, this time in conjunction with CASE.    And we wish a happy birthday to Gary Short, head-honcho at Shorts Group.    You can find out more in today’s extended show notes here:  https://tinyurl.com/53tn35ur
06:32
April 14, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #34
In today's show: BPH adds OilQuick system to its increasingly impressive attachments stable; and we're looking ahead to JCB's latest virtual product launch that is taking place later today.   And don't forget, we will be back at 6pm tonight to bring you all the latest news on that JCB launch. You can find the show notes for today's broadcast here: https://tinyurl.com/6t5yemb6
05:28
April 13, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #33
In today's episode: The iconic cooling towers at Rugeley Power Station in Staffordhsire have a date with destiny; North West demolition contractors should be beating a path to Stakehill Industrial Estate (via The Buillders' Conference) as a warehouse requires demolition; and we look ahead to a week in which there are several new product launches scheduled.   All this and more in The Break Fast Show.  You can find a full set of extended show notes here: https://tinyurl.com/vaca8xwk
04:52
April 12, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #32
In today's show:  Research into Carillion collapse identifies "corporate deviance" at the heart of the UK construction sector; exclusive footage of a massive German power station implosion; and a demolition project that some might willingly do for free.    All that and another chance to look within the CMA Files:  https://tinyurl.com/jwexduwt You can find the extended show notes for this episode here:  https://tinyurl.com/48hpv2d7
06:30
April 09, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #31
In today's show: An exclusive first-look at a first of its kind demolition excavator that has just made landfall in the UK; and a demolition contractor is needed for a project in Stockport.   PLUS, if you have any concerns about machine security and protection against equipment vandalism, you won't want to miss this one. You can find a full set of show notes here: https://tinyurl.com/m22pkryp
17:35
April 08, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #30
In today's episode:  Massive machine trundles out of Kocurek yard; blessed be the demolition brotherhood; and the questionable practice of airing dirty laundry on social media platforms.    Full show notes are available here:  https://www.evernote.com/shard/s214/sh/d5911faa-cd73-7a39-7974-7169afa6c6e2/22042e95ff432042074a8196c1950900   In addition, you can now access our exclusive dossier on the ongoing CMA investigation into alleged collusion within the UK demolition industry here:  http://www.demolitionnews.com/2021/04/06/opening-the-cma-files/
09:24
April 07, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #29
In today’s show: Miller GroundBreaking lights the way with new glow-in-the-dark bucket; Armac Group narrowly misses out on Good Food Award; and DemolitionNews’ Mark Anthony is set to give up his caretaker role as host of The Break Fast Show.   All this and more in this special episode the industry’s only live daily news broadcast.   You can read more in today's extended show notes: https://tinyurl.com/28tzyx82
07:16
April 01, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #28
In today's show:  Kobelco unveils its biggest short radius excavator; Balfour Beatty wins big in Egham; and we're calling BS on spurious manufacturer marketing claims.    You can check out all this and more in our extended show notes here:  https://tinyurl.com/37rrysnp
07:00
March 31, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #27
In today's show: JCB clinches the biggest order in its 75-year history; Liebherr enters the "used" parts business; and the Rising Sun Hotel near Sheffield is earmarked for demolition. All this, PLUS an exclusive glimpse at a Content with Media interview with Sunbelt Rentals CEO Andy Wright who has just confirmed that £65 million equipment order with JCB. You can find all this in our extended show notes here.
08:18
March 30, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #26
In today's show: The lifting of lockdown restrictions offers some well-deserved relief for the construction and demolition key workers that have carried the weight of economic expectation on their shoulders this past year; Hitachi and Norplast set to unveil new excavator vandal guards; and Hillhead Digital prepares to open its cyber doors.  All this and more in the 26th episode of The Break Fast Show.   You can find extended show notes for this episode here:  https://www.evernote.com/shard/s214/sh/96f24fc4-f798-0e4a-bc11-54fdef5bbfdc/912a20d803f1fc94c21daea2ba3cafcd
09:04
March 29, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #25
The 25th consecutive episode of The Break Fast Show today welcomes the new NFDC President, William Crooks; bemoans the news that Volvo Construction Equipment will be absent from the Bauma 2022 exhibition; and takes a look back at last night's bumper Construction Collective show.  (You can catch last night's show here: https://youtu.be/la4WuGxdW1o )
05:28
March 26, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #24
In today’s show:  The Construction Collective will assemble TONIGHT; impending Easter holidays raise urban exploration and trespass fears; and The Builders’ Conference has delivered another demolition project lead, this time in Godalming.    And you can view our previous coverage of the dangers of urban exploration here:  https://tinyurl.com/36jrvyps
05:48
March 25, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #23
In this show:  The UK construction industry racks up a staggering £83 billion in new contract awards since the national lockdown began; and the curious case of an anonymous letter calling for the resignation of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors' current 2nd vice president.    And here's the link to The Builders' Conference article discussed in the show:  https://spark.adobe.com/page/ms4Qr80LYuUeN/
18:08
March 24, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #22
In today’s episode: Regional construction alliance calls for local companies to be first in line for freeport work; the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to retain ownership of the National Construction College at Bircham Newton has failed to secure the sale of the facility; and the backlog of court cases waiting to come to Crown Court is on the rise.  In addition, J2R Demolition is on the recruitment trail while a sheltered accommodation company is seeking a demolition company to help pave the way for a new development in the village of Chalfont St Peter.
09:16
March 23, 2021
The man who would be President
On the eve of his ascendancy to the position of President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, we speak exclusively to William Crooks about his hopes and aspirations for his two years in the NFDC hot seat.
15:11
March 23, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #21
In today's show:  Digger driver arrested over dangerous operation; locomotive shed demolition contract up for grabs; The NFDC unveils its new Mental Health Awareness Hub; and DemolitionNews is to broadcast the first interview with incoming NFDC President, William Crooks of Cawarden Demolition.
07:24
March 22, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #20
In today's solemn and mostly-unscripted episode, we look at: Balfour Beatty's strides towards a greater gender balance; the rise and rise of driver aids; and Cawarden's pre-Presidential celebration.      But the remainder (and the unscripted portion) of the show is dedicated to the issue of male suicide.
36:08
March 19, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #19
In today's extended show: The death of five recycling plant workers has finally come to court; North London regeneration scheme under starters orders; French architects demonstrate ignorance of demolition; and yet more demolition work is up for grabs.    We also look at the ongoing uptick in construction demand and examine the potential impact upon the existing skills shortage within the industry.
19:02
March 18, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #18
In today's show:  UK Government kick-starts Green Revolution with £1.0 billion cash injection; JCB is back on the recruitment drive; Bobcat's new compact wheel loader goes into full production; and we have not one but TWO hot new project leads to share, courtesy of The Builders' Conference. And if you'd like to find out more about the compact Bobcat wheel loader, then head over to the Diggers and Dozers YouTube channel here:  https://youtu.be/02tzQWSbmcE
07:30
March 17, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #17
In today's show:  Brokk unveils its largest-ever demolition robot; Net Zero ambitions will require 350,000 new construction workers; and the Construction Equipment Association CEA) is to host an online seminar on equipment electrification.    You can pre-register for the CEA event here:  https://tinyurl.com/wwxj3dnx
07:08
March 16, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #16
In today's show:  Wood River Power Plant stacks imploded; contractor fined over worker burn incident; Peregrine falcons halt gas holder demolition; and JCB equipment spearheads mine clearance operations in Afghanistan.    All this and more in today's Break Fast Show.
07:08
March 15, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #15
In today’s show:  Newline’s John Lynch stands as 2nd vice president of the NFDC; BDO survey points to yet more construction optimism; Aquajet joins the telematics age; and Bugler Developments is seeking bids on a pub demolition in West London. All this and more on today’s Break Fast Show. You can also link directly to our exclusive video interview with John Lynch here:  https://youtu.be/XsPdhNvhxuI
08:42
March 12, 2021
John Lynch - Portrait of a thoroughly modern traditiomalist
John Lynch is a man of contradictions.   He’s a traditionalist and an industry veteran.   But he understands the need for modernisation. He is a vocal advocate for the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.   But he also believes that the NFDC and, more specifically, its members would benefit from some fundamental change. On the day he announces officially his decision to run for the position of vice president of the NFDC, we are delighted to bring you this exclusive interbiew.
26:10
March 12, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #14
In today’s show:  Research shows that SME company owners bore the brunt of the COVID-19 costs; Carey gets the nod on US Embassy demolition; and Hitachi unveils its first Stage V-compliant wheel loader.      In addition, three company directors are disqualified following cartel probe.   And we wish a happy retirement to an “old school professional”.   All this and more in Episode #14 of The Break Fast Show.
07:54
March 11, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #13
In today's show: Total Controlled Demolition becomes the latest to hit the recruitment trail; Balfour Beatty is back in the black; the US' National Demolition Association has a new president; and the Plantworx exhibition organisers are hatching plans.
07:22
March 10, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #12
In today's show:  O’Keefe appoints a new managing director; McGee Group joins the Wharf pack; The construction industry is still falling short on gender equality; And the Hillhead exhibition has shifted back….AGAIN.   All this and more on the Break Fast Show.
06:06
March 09, 2021
This Woman's Work featuring Jacqui Miller-Charlton MBE
Jacqui Miller-Charlton MBE was a woman in construction long before it was fashionable to call for more women in construction.   She has juggled marriage and motherhood while helping to build Miller GroundBreaking into a global engineering company.   And she has done it all while retaining her trademark femininity. To mark International Women's Day, Jacqui Miller-Charlton joined us LIVE to discuss all this and much more besides.    If you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece or sister that is seeking some career inspiration, then we strongly recommend that they give this a listen.
43:12
March 09, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #11
In today's show: Construction tops table of UK start-ups; a Walsall whopper is up for grabs; CDC hits the recruitment trail; and it’s International Women’s Day.  You can find out more about the start-up survey here:  https://blog.circleloop.com/the-startup-index-circleloop ou can find you more on the Walsall whopper contract here:  https://tinyurl.com/6used626 And you can sign-up for the Demolition News weekly newsletter here:  https://share.hsforms.com/1L6DuYMSpRjCGxnQocHRrwA3m1y3
04:44
March 09, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #10
In this episode of the Break Fast Show: Free ports to drive regional expansion; Bell eyes autonomous future; Engcon upgrades tilt rotator; the British Safety Council loses the plot; and a rant that takes in sofas, boot laces and Las Vegas hotels. In addition, the show makes reference to a new CV template from UK Demolition Jobs.  You can find that here:  https://tinyurl.com/4237n8dz
10:18
March 05, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #9
In the latest episode of The Break Fast Show: Doosan gets Xited about Hillhead Digital; Green Remediation gets green light in Manchester; Ritchie Bros to host online industry panels; and Spring 2021 Budget – The industry reacts. You can find out more about Hillhead Digital here: https://www.hillhead.com/digital You can check out the Ritchie Bros discussion panels here:  https://bit.ly/3uR6CV6 And if you'd like to watch back our exclusive one hour Spring Budget 2021 show, you can do so here:  https://youtu.be/9zUlMQHz0lo
05:26
March 04, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #8
Downwell targets cladding removal, National Geographic to feature world's biggest blast, Molson adds CBI to its enormous product range, and the industry braces for the Budget speech from chancellor Rishi Sunak later today.    All this and more in the latest episode of the Break Fast Show.
06:42
March 04, 2021
Spring Budget 2021 - The industry reacts
Just moments after Rishi Sunak finished delivering his Spring 2021 Budget to the House of Commons, DemolitionNews hosted a special LiveStream show to analyse the Chancellor’s first post-COVID budget speech. We welcomed along a number of key industry leaders to analyse that speech and its likely impact upon the UK construction and demolition sectors.
01:00:12
March 04, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #7
In the latest episode of the Break Fast Show, we look at the following industry stories:  A rise in workload fuels fears of a worsening skills shortage; Manitou and JCB in patent battle; The Federation of Master Builders has called for a cut in the rate of VAT on home improvements; And Volvo has underlined its commitment to autonomous machine development by starting the construction of a dedicated new test track.
06:02
March 02, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #6
In the all-new episode of our daly news show, we look at Demolition Services third successful blast at Ironbridge Power Station; construction contract awards pass the £8.0 billion mark in February 2021; IPAF unveils "game-changer" safety and training app; and the 40th edition of the REAL Demolition magazine is here.
06:37
March 01, 2021
Business Briefing for February 2021
In a month that saw the UK construction industry post a remarkable £8.0 billion in new contract awards, we speak to Builders' Conference CEO Neil Edwards to find out more. In this wide-ranging discussion, we look at who won the work, and the sectors and geographic regions that will benefit.  We also look at the growing issue of skills across the sector and a worrying imbalance between private and public finance that points to a tightening of the Government's purse strings.
48:36
March 01, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #5
Today's flash briefing looks at the following key stories:  Car Parks in crisis; HSE restores roofing company involved in fatal fall; Armac gets the nod in Coventry;; CITB fixes rates; and a new monster machine is set to make its debut.
07:51
February 26, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #4
Among the topics addressed in today's show are Bobcat's new range of light compaction equipment, Everton's new stadium gets the planning green light, and a new report claims that construction "is a bad place to work".      All this and more in the fourth episode of The Break Fast Show.
07:51
February 25, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #3
Today's flash briefing details Volvo and Steelwrist expanding their alliance; the Scottish construction sector being lauded for its COVID-19 measures; a Sussex Council targeting sustainability; and a look back at last night's  emotional anniversary of the Didcot Disaster. In addition, we bring you the news that Total Reclaims had been given the green light on a big contract in its  native Nottingham.   That contract will involve the demolition of existing student accommodation ahead of the construction of a new 215 bed student block.
07:56
February 24, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #2
The second episode of our new daily news show aired live this morning at 10am. Among the key topics up for discussion were: Demolition firms on recruitment drive; Komatsu’s new midi marvel; Keltbray’s carbon commitment; and the largely meaningless statement issued by Thames Valley Police on the fifth anniversary of the Didcot Disaster. There’s also an explanation on why I suddenly appear desperate for coffee…!
10:56
February 23, 2021
The Break Fast Show - Episode #1
Welcome to the first episode of a new daily video AND audio show containing your daily flash briefing from the combined demolition and construction industries. This launch episode was broadcast on Monday 22 February 2021.
17:20
February 22, 2021
From construction site to Queen's garden party
Six years ago, Katie Kelleher was an apprentice crane operator who was questioning the life choices that brought her to the male-dominated world of construction. Today, she is a vocal advocate for women in construction and construction apprenticeships.   She has been named as one of the "top voices" on the LinkedIn social media platform, has built up a substantial social media following, AND was invited to the Queen's garden party. But she has capped it all with an appearance on the Demolition News Radio podcast.
07:13
February 15, 2021
A Life in Demolition
Straight-talking demolition veteran Roy Gibbons lived and worked through the golden age of the UK demolition industry. He rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the sector, crossed paths with some of its biggest personalities, and considered many of them friends. Now, as he hangs up his hard hat, Roy looks back over half a century at the cutting edge of the UK demolition business and the changes he has witnessed during a Life in Demolition.
36:12
February 04, 2021
Business Briefing for January 2021
The UK construction industry has hit the ground running at the beginning of the New Year.  And while it failed to replicate the anomalous highs of December 2020, the latest set of monthly figures from BCLive.co.uk speak to a sector enjoying a period of prolonged positivity.  Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards looks over some pleasing figures.
28:31
February 01, 2021
Demolition Discussion with the Demolition Master
C&D Consultancy's Mike Kehoe has crowned a lifetime in the demolition industry by earning a Masters Degree in Demolition Management.   In this exclusive interview, we look back at how Kehoe came to be in the demolition industry, the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the gender imbalance within the demolition sector, and the future of the global demolition industry.
31:28
January 27, 2021
Coming Clean
A few days ago, DemolitionNews brought you details of the report into an incident in which an excavator fell partially into an unseen underground void. Well that report has already become our most-viewed story of the past 18 months or so, even though it was published on a Saturday when things are usually quiet. So we decided to follow up with AR Demolition’s Richard Dolman to find out why he chose to be so open about the incident; but also to ascertain just what happened in the first place.
10:03
January 25, 2021
A stark warning
"...There's 250 power plants left here in the US.   There's 300 in Canada.   There's 300+ in Europe.   If we're going just by sheer averages on the 1,500 or so power plants that are going to be decommissioned and taken down, you're looking at another 150 [demolition worker] deaths..."  Following a spate of fatal accidents on both sides of the Atlantic during the demolition of power stations and boiler houses, Joe Vendetti, Senior Vice President of Industrial Services, Integrated Demolition and Remediation Inc has expressed his fears and concerns for the future.   In a hard-hitting interview, he calls for the creation of guidance on the demolition of power plants and boiler houses, says that clients need to allow sufficient time and money to undertake this work more safely, and urges his fellow demolition contractors to walk away from projects they believe to be unsafe. If you would refer to watch this as a video, you can do so here:  https://youtu.be/JfueApREIok
48:21
January 17, 2021
Not all heroes wear capes
The term hero is bandied about a little too much these days.   All too often, it is used to describe sports stars and celebrities. But heroes and heroines DO live among us. And not al of them wear uniforms OR capes. Some of them wear hard hats.
05:51
January 12, 2021
The possibilities are endless
Despite my concerns over the Brexit fallout; despite my fears for a continuation of the Coronavirus crisis; despite my trepidation over the findings of the CMA investigation; and despite my growing frustration and anger over the endless Didcot investigation, I start 2021 with a surprising degree of excitement and optimism.
06:12
January 05, 2021
Demolition News Business Briefing for December 2020
2020 was the year in which forecasts became futile; when predictions became pointless; when the runes were rendered redundant.  So, in a year in which the unprecedented became the norm, the fact that the UK construction industry recorded more than £12.2 billion (against a monthly average of £4.0 billion) in new contract awards really was the most 2020 way in which to see out an erratic and unpredictable year.
31:34
January 04, 2021
An appointment with Dr Demolition
The global demolition industry officially returns to work today after the festive break.   And t returns to find a special gift waiting for it in the shape of a new book by industry veteran and former president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers, Terry Quarmby. In this exclusive audio presentation, we speak to Quarmby about the new book which you can buy here:  https://amzn.to/380ym02
25:43
January 04, 2021
Business as Usual
For some, 2020 will be the first year in which they are unable to spend time with their loved ones.   For many in the demolition industry, being separated from family and friends over the festive period is merely business as usual.
05:37
December 22, 2020
Echoes of Didcot
With the news of the collapse of a power station undergoing demolition in Ohio, industry minds will turn immediately to the Didcot disaster back in 2016. This episode was originally broadcast as a live video stream.
45:09
December 10, 2020
There Goes the Judge
After 12 years, John Woodward is stepping down as a World Demolition Awards judge.   During his time as a judge, the former Institute of Demolition Engineers' (IDE) president has seen many changes as the awards have gone global. In this exclusive interview, we look back at more than a decade of World Demolition Awards, and he is full of praise for companies including Erith Contractors, Liberty Industrial, Kocurek, Safedem and Despe. some of the high profile projects in which he was involved, and we look ahead to the appointment of a new IDE president.
35:32
November 25, 2020
Selling Up, Selling Out
Six high profile demolition company acquisitions is NOT a trend.   But six out of less than 600 UK demolition firms represents better odds than a winning lottery ticket; and could prove to be the demolition company owner's ideal exit strategy.
06:16
November 18, 2020
What NOT to cut
Faced with a slowing in workload, demolition companies generally seek to cut costs by reducing their spend on both training and technology.    Yet we cut these things at our peril.   And cuts made today could impact negatively tomorrow and for months and even years to come.
06:12
November 16, 2020
Thriving or barely surviving
Some UK demolition firms are flying high while others are clinging to survival; some are recruiting and investing while others are begging for work; and some companies are doubling down on demolition while others see diversification as the path to salvation.   This is the demolition dichotomy.
06:20
November 13, 2020
More bad news?
This show was originally broadcast as a video LiveStream on the evening of Tuesday 10 November 2020. It tells the story behind a story about a UK demolition company that may or may not have gone into receivership. At the time of recording this podcast version of the show, we still don’t know the outcome. And so, while we cling to the vague hope that the story will prove to be untrue, the name of the company is not mentioned.
07:26
November 11, 2020
Testing Time
According to a recent survey, more than half of all UK construction workers have concerns around drink and drugs in the workplace and more than a third of those surveyed have witnessed colleagues working under the influence of drink or drugs. At the same time, a report on the professions most likely to be caught drink driving revealed that the Top 10 professions are all within or allied to construction. To discuss this, I am joined by Matt Taylor of ITS Test Kits. Matt has over 18 years of “hands-on” experience within the Drugs and Alcohol Policy, Training and Testing sector. His company offers a range of simple to use drug and alcohol testing kits and devices.
47:05
November 10, 2020
More than just a hat
With our focus upon innovation, technology and the need to attract young people, we all too often dismiss the contribution made by the older generation and the experience, knowledge and wisdom they are still ale to impart.
07:02
November 06, 2020
The Baker's Tale
Just in time for the second lockdown, here's an allegorical tale on why we ignore a valuable commodity at our peril.
06:29
November 04, 2020
Extinction can't come soon enough
The days of the sexist and misogynist dinosaurs of the construction and demolition industry are drawing to a close.   And not a moment too soon.
06:08
October 30, 2020
Two-Tier Fear
At the height of the previous recession, against a backdrop of company collapses and closures, I suggested that we were in danger of heralding in a two-tier demolition system here in the UK in which the bigger companies set the agenda and the smaller companies were forced to comply. Some nine years later, history is repeating; and that two-tier sector feels ever more real with each passing day.
07:50
October 26, 2020
Another six months, and still waiting...
Back in April this year,  I broadcast a LiveStream video in which I complained about the never-ending delays in the HSE investigation into the Didcot disaster. At the time of that LiveStream, 1,521 days had elapsed since the power station boiler house had collapsed, killing four demolition men. Today, exactly six months after that LiveStream show aired, 1,704 days have passed with no preliminary findings; no prosecutions; and no explanation offered to the families of the four men so tragically killed on that day.
04:26
October 23, 2020
The future is now
From high reach excavators and demolition robots, the demolition industry has been quick to adopt technology.    But, in evolutionary terms, the demolition sector has just discovered the pointed stick.   Emerging technologies will provide the industry with tools, fire and the wheel. In this exclusive episode of Demolition News Radio, presenter Mark Anthony looks ahead to a technological journey that has already begun but the final destination of which is yet to be written.
15:27
October 21, 2020
Walking Away
Chris McFletch of McFletch Demolition chose to walk away from an industry that he once loved but for which that love has gone.    What does that say about the modern demolition industry, and why are his negative views of the sector seemingly shared by so many?
08:54
October 19, 2020
Demolition News Radio #172
Through global pandemics, political turmoil and economic upheaval, 2020 has been a God-awful year for just about all of us.   But it has also been a year of learning opportunities. And we will be applying those lessons in 2021 and beyond.   Will you?
06:10
October 14, 2020
Demolition News Radio #171
You could be mistaken for thinking that technology is the solution to all our work challenges and concerns. But is that the reality? That’s the subject up for discussion on the latest episode of Demolition News Radio.
06:60
October 12, 2020
Demolition News Radio #170
If a near miss is a learning opportunity, why is it that one industry wears its near-misses on its sleeve while another remains determined to keep them away from prying eyes? That is a question we will examine next, on the NEW Demolition News podcast.
06:19
October 11, 2020
Demolition Daily #33
Last night, I listened to a Content with Media podcast that talked about how the construction industry charity - The Lighthouse Club - is attempting to help workers and their families impacted by the Coronavirus whilst trying to plug a financial hole in the charity's coffers also caused by the pandemic.     Today's episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream is my reaction to that podcast.   You can hear that podcast right here:  https://tinyurl.com/yc8hobrt
12:33
May 08, 2020
Demolition Daily #4
In today's episode, we look at the industry's response - or lack thereof - to the COVID-19 threat and the ongoing failure to close all non-essential sites. We also welcome guests Mike Kehoe of &D Consultancy and David Cant of Veritas Consulting to discuss the health and safety implications of the Coronavirus and how this outbreak might change attitudes in the future.
45:22
March 26, 2020
Demolition Daily #3
We have a bumper edition of the Demolition Daily LiveStream for you today with no less than three (count them, THREE) guests. This episode features Danny Kearney of Prosafe Consultants who talks about the likely mental health impact of the current COVID19 lockdown upon demolition and construction workers.  We speak to self-employed and self-funded excavator operator Nigel Williams who yesterday parked up “Kelly the Kobelco” and who currently has no idea when he might return to work. And, if you fast forward to the 26.45 mark, you can hear Maylarch chairman Nick Williamson sharing his thoughts on how the asbestos industry might be of assistance during this unprecedented crisis.
54:09
March 26, 2020
Demolition Daily #2
Although this episode suffered an attack of the gremlins halfway through, the content of our latest daily LiveStream is still worth a listen. Our guest - operator Nigel Williams - was cut-off in the midst of all this so we will be revisiting him soon.
21:22
March 25, 2020
Demolition Daily #1
In direct response to the COVIFD-19 outbreak, DemolitionNews has committed to producing a daily LiveStream to help keep the industry informed during this unprecedented criss. The first issue is reproduced in audio-only format here (you can watch the video edition here). We will be broadcasting live on our Facebook page each day at 3pm (UK time).   You can watch, comment and even appear on the show.
39:28
March 23, 2020
COVID-19 PPE Campaign
The National Federation of Demolition Contractors was born out of the Second World War; the industry coming together for the greater good to make safe buildings damaged in the Blitz on London. And now, as the country finds itself facing the COVID-19 threat, that same spirit is driving a campaign to source vital PPE for front-line NHS staff. That campaign is led by Paul Ford of DE Group, and by Cantillon managing director Paul Cluskey. We caught up with Paul just a few moments ago to find out more about the campaign. Please take a few minutes to give this a listen and – just as importantly – please share it with those in the demolition or the wider construction industry. This is a vital campaign that could save lives.
08:52
March 20, 2020
Demolition News Radio #168
Expecting major and Tier 1 construction companies to adopt and abide by a fair payment scheme that truly benefits their sub-contractors and suppliers is like asking turkeys to vote in favour of Christmas and Thanksgiving. In truth, the only way that SMEs - which make up around 85 percent of the UK construction industry - will see an improvement in payment terms and an end to slow payments and retentions is for them to unite to demand change.
04:38
March 06, 2020
Demolition News Radio #169
On 17 March 2020, the demolition world's favourite demolition TV show returns to Quest TV. Scrap Kings returns bigger and better then ever before.   Ahead of the new series, we caught up with series producer Nigel Gainsborough to find out what the new series has in store.
07:05
March 06, 2020
Business Briefing - February 2020
It was a short month, plagued by atrocious weather.   The Coronavirus was giving economists the jitters around the world.   And the UK construction industry ignored all of that to notch up more than £7.0 billion in new contract to build upon the £7.8 billion logged in January 2020. Builders's Conference CEO Neil Edwards looks over the figures as the Demolition News Radio Business Briefing returns.
04:52
March 01, 2020
Four years and counting
It is four years since the boiler house collapsed prematurely at the Didcot A Power Station.   That is 208 weeks since the worst demolition accident in living memory.   1,459 days since Ken Cresswell, John Shaw, Michael Collings, and Christopher Huxtable were ripped from the bosom of their respective families, never to return.    But we are no closer to discovering the cause of the incident; no closer to learning any lessons that might arise from the tragedy; and – worst of all - no closer to providing the families and friends of the four men with the closure they so richly deserve.
03:42
February 20, 2020
The Thinking Man's Digger Driver
From the development of driver aids and in-cab technology to the implementation of changes to the training and legislative landscapes, much of what we consider "progress" is carried out without the input of those that will ultimately have to live with it - The machine operators. In this brand-new episode, we speak to CPCS blue card operator Nigel Williams about everything from GPS accreditation to NVQ poverty together with the loss of some of the industry's best operators through retirement.
22:02
February 07, 2020
Training Talk #7
If you're an Institute of Demolition Engineers member living or working in and around the Midlands, gaining your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points is as simple as attending one of the many regional meetings held locally.   If you live and work elsewhere, however, CPD points are less easy to come by. But there is an alternative.   And while it does carry a cost, this alternative might just provide you with some valuable and additional skills that you can apply to your work and personal life. Keith Sleightholme of training specialist ProTrainings explains.
09:38
February 03, 2020
Do you know your cost of sale?
Chances are, you know how much it will cost to get your latest demolition contract across the finish line.    But do you know how much it has cost to get it to the star line?
05:07
January 26, 2020
Demolition Promotion #2
In the second episode of the all-new Demolition Promotion podcast, we look at why your accreditations, qualifications and certifications might just be the most important items on your company's website and why they should be featured front and centre. Demolition Promotion is exclusive to the Demolition News Radio network.
03:46
January 19, 2020
Demolition Promotion #1
The history of your company is an enormous source of pride, I am sure.   But they year in which your company was founded is of little or no interest to potential clients and has no place on the home page of your website. Welcome to the first-ever edition of the all-new Demolition Promotion podcast, exclusive to the Demolition News Radio network.
05:15
January 12, 2020
Demolition News Radio #164
Buying and selling equipment at auction offers an excellent alternative for the discerning demolition company.    And, if you know what you're doing and what you're looking for, there are bargains to be had. In this exclusive episode - which features guest presenter Peter Haddock - Ritchie Bros' sales director Rupert Craven offers some timely advice on buying and selling at auction; how to ensure that you get the best possible deal; and how auctions might just provide the equipment that you want at a price you're willing to pay.
14:52
January 07, 2020
Training Talk #6
Training Talk is BACK with a new sponsor, now format, and a funky new logo. The first episode of Season 2 features the show's new sponsor - ProTrainings - which is pioneering the use of "blended training" to make training more engaging and more accessible for students, and more cost effective for demolition companies.
24:11
November 24, 2019
Demolition News Radio #163
Following a spate of high profile scaffold collapses in the UK demolition sector, Richard Dolman - managing director of AR Demolition and vice president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers - has spoken out about how scaffolding is utilised within the demolition environment. In this exclusive interview, he expresses his fears and concerns.
12:08
November 14, 2019
Demolition News Radio #162
When I met up with Robert Young, he had just been promoted to the position of development director at Downwell Group; so he had every right to be positive, upbeat and even ecstatic. But he wasn’t. In fact, as you will hear from the conversation that follows, Robert has some very serious concerns about the state of the UK demolition industry; about the procurement process; and about pricing. And we would urge you to stick around to the very end of this show because Robert Young concludes with a truly stark message for the sector.
24:02
September 12, 2019
Training Talk #5
An extended interview with Holly Price, newly-elected president of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors that covers everything from Brexit and mental health awareness to industry diversity and training.
31:40
August 12, 2019
To sleep, perchance, to survive
Regular readers of the Demolition magazine will know that, earlier this year, I was at Caterpillar’s training and demonstration area in Malaga, Spain for a major international press launch of a number of new products including the new Cat 340 SB straight boom demolition excavator. As ever, Caterpillar was the consummate host. The equipment was impressive, the weather was warm and the hospitality was even warmer still. But for all that, my lasting memory of that trip was not of machines or of sardines in the sunshine but of the work Caterpillar is doing behind the scenes to combat the perennial but potentially deadly issue of operator fatigue, alertness, vigilance and distraction. This is an issue that is addressed in this exclusive and extended episode of Demolition News Radio by Mitch Cowart of the Caterpillar Safety Technology team.
29:43
July 23, 2019
Demolition News Radio #161
Telematics don’t get a bad press. In fact, in many instances, it gets no press at all. You see, the problem is, advances in this area tend to get lost amongst details of new machine launches. Which is a shame, because telematics is perhaps the most dynamic part of the demolition and construction equipment market right now. It is developing faster than any other aspect of the plant industry, and it holds the potential to enhance safety, reduce fuel consumption, reduce emissions and make the entire industry safer, more productive and more profitable. So we caught up with three key members of the JCB team to find out more about the advances in its LiveLink product offering.
18:06
June 24, 2019
Training Talk #4
A joint venture between C&D Consultancy and Prosafe Consultants Limited recently delivered an important new demolition training course targeting the delicate and often overlooked issue of adult mental health awareness.  In this episode of Training Talk, we speak to Prosafe's Danny Kearney, one of the driving forces behind the new training course and a vocal advocate for greater mental health awareness across the industry.
51:16
June 09, 2019
Demolition News Radio #160
So, an Englishman joined a party of Europeans in Japan to record an interview with an American...! During the recent European Demolition Association Study Tour to Japan, Demolition News Radio caught up with Christopher (Chris) Godek, the new president of the National Demolition Association in the US.  Godek gave a memorable speech to mark the official end of the formal part of that tour, and so I grabbed him as he came off stage to capture just some of the flavour of that speech and to find out more about the hopes and ambitions of an outgoing, forward-looking and statesmanlike NDA president.
08:16
June 02, 2019
A Japanese Adventure
This extended episode of Demolition News Radio was recorded almost entirely in Japan during the European Demolition Association Study Tour to the country. Unscripted and largely unedited, this episode has been recorded to capture some of the sights, sounds and even smells that I encountered during a truly memorable trip to a truly remarkable country. My thanks to Caterpillar and to Finning UK for making the trip and this podcast possible.
40:34
June 02, 2019
Business Briefing for April 2019
Against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty, the UK construction industry continues to confound and confuse. Builders' Conference CEO Neil Edwards attempts to make sense of an industry that is seemingly rewriting the rule book.
05:30
May 01, 2019
InSite #1 with Chris Charlton of CJ Charlton Group
This is the pilot episode of what we hope will evolve to become the latest series on the Demolition News Radio network. The basic premise of this show is very simple.   Take a dozen or so standard questions, and ask individuals from across the demolition spectrum to answer them as honestly and comprehensively as possible.   Over time, we are hoping this will give us all a unique insight into the industry, hence the name of the show. So, in our pilot show, we have set our dozen questions and asked Chris Charlton of CJ Charlton Group to share his insights.
09:44
April 30, 2019
Training Talk #3
In this episode, we feature an exclusive interview with Dr Terry Quarmby, former president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers and driving force/lead lecturer behind the IDE's Foundation Degree Course that is currently underway at Wolverhampton University.
19:42
April 28, 2019
Demolition News Radio #159
 What if there came a time when demolition companies found themselves being prosecuted retrospectively and fined for their role in causing issues with the mental health of their workers?   What if those prosecutions mirrored those handed down for physical problems such as asbestos-related diseases or conditions caused by excessive hand arm vibration?  And what if those prosecutions could be effectively back-dated to cover those effected by stress or post-traumatic stress disorders today, last year or 10 or 20 years ago? Am I right to worry? Are you worried with me?
04:46
March 27, 2019
Demolition News Radio #158
On a day upon which I find myself once again taking Citalopram tablets to help with my ongoing bout of depression, here's another quick insight into my current bout of depression. I don't normally say this but can I please urge you to listen to the very end, particularly if you know someone that you think might be struggling at present.
07:25
March 21, 2019
Demolition News Radio #157
Has the demolition industry placed too much faith in certificates, competence cards and insurance policies?   Is the sector guilty of a creeping complacency?  And were we better (and safer) whe company management took a more "hands-on" role?
06:33
March 15, 2019
Training Talk #2
This is the second part of our exclusive interview with Howard Button and Lesley Ransome of the National Demolition Training Group.   If you didn't catch the first episode, we strongly suggest that you check that out.   Just search for Demolition News Radio on the podcast platform of your choosing.
16:24
March 13, 2019
Training Talk #1
Training Talk is a new show that is dedicated to the subject of demolition training, a sector that moves almost as fast as the industry it serves. In this launch episode, we are delighted to bring you the first part of a two-part interview with Howard Button and Lesley Ransome of the National Demolition Training Group. We sincerely hope you enjoy this launch episode and that you will check back soon for the second instalment.
17:06
March 06, 2019
Demolition News Radio #156
The problem with talking about mental health issues is that it is generally done in retrospect; looking back at a period of intense negativity whilst wrapped in a blanket of renewed positivity.  That's like asking an alcoholic to explain their addiction after they've been sober for 20 years.  I am not sure that helps anyone. As someone that has suffered from mental health issues in the past, I know the signs.  And I promised that the next time I encountered that dreaded black dog of depression that I would write or record something while I was still in the midst of that encounter. And so here it is.   This is how I feel today.  Right now.
09:32
March 05, 2019
Demolition News Radio #155
To have moved an industry on is itself worthy of applause. To have helped shape that industry long after you have ceased to be a part of it is surely the ultimate accolade; one that is worth way more than any upward career move or positive profit report.
05:33
March 03, 2019
Business Briefing for February 2019
February is the shortest month of the year so, traditionally, it has served up some of the lowest monthly totals on the BCLive league table. It does not enjoy the post-festive period upswing that characterises January and, this year, February serves as the beginning of the final countdown to Brexit and all the uncertainty that brings with it.  But the UK construction sector is notorious for ploughing its own furrow whilst marching to the beat of its own distinctive drum. So wouldn’t you just know that the UK construction sector would fly in the face of tradition and expectation by enjoying one of the biggest months since the BCLive league table was created?
08:26
March 01, 2019
Demolition News Radio #153
 The annual general meeting of the UK's National Demolition Training Group took place in London on Friday last week.   But, at a time when the future of demolition training in the UK is at a crossroads, non-NFDC members were grossly under-represented.   Yet these same companies will be the first to complain if there is a hike in training costs. 
05:36
February 18, 2019
Demolition News Radio #152
Why demolition equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors are more than just purveyors of "dumb iron"; and why the demolition industry needs them perhaps more than it cares to admit.
06:48
February 12, 2019
Business Briefing for January 2019
   After 11 consecutive months in which the value of new construction contract awards did not once dip below the £4.0 billion mark, the £2.7 billion posted in December 2018 was a bitter disappointment filled with ominous portent.  So was this merely a seasonal glitch or was it a sign that the pre-Brexit jitters have finally taken hold? We spoke to Builders Conference CEO Neil Edwards to find out.
06:42
February 03, 2019
Demolition News Radio #151
Why I don't want my epitaph to read "he was quite good at spelling and grammar" and why, when the day of judgement comes, business accomplishments will likely count for very little.
09:09
January 28, 2019
Demolition News Radio #150
The digger driver that rampaged through a Travelodge hotel lobby earlier this week throws a spotlight onto the evergreen issue of non and late payments in the UK construction sector.   In fact, this one man's actions were almost inevitable in a sector in which late payment by larger contractors is worn as a badge of honour; something to be proud of.
07:04
January 23, 2019
Demolition News Radio #149
To post or not to post, that is the question.   Yesterday, we posted a 1987 BBC documentary on DemolitionNews.com.  It provided a fascinating insight into the demolition industry some three decades ago.   But it also featured a man that has subsequently been convicted of child sex crimes.   So should we have posted it or not?   Can we rewrite history by glossing over unpalatable events?  And if we can't post this video, should we continue to feature demolition firms that have been found guilty in the injury or death of a demolition worker?
06:52
January 09, 2019
Business Briefing for December 2018
After 11 consecutive months during which the BCLive league table of new contract awards never ONCE dipped below the £4 billion monthly total, could the industry achieve a full year of unsurpassed positivity and stability?
06:05
January 09, 2019
Demolition News Radio #148
With a Brexit-shaped storm gathering on the horizon, now is the time for the UK demolition industry to forge alliances and collaborations; to unite for the greater good of the sector.
06:26
December 10, 2018
Demolition News Radio #147
An object lesson in why I should practice what I preach; and how a single comment on LinkedIn might just have saved my son's life. Our thanks to Mavis Nye for inspiring this episode. Contributions to her charitable foundation can be made here: https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/
09:09
November 22, 2018
Demolition News Radio #146
The fact that the demolition industry now has time to focus upon relatively minor health, safety and welfare issues is a sign of just how far the sector has come.
06:58
November 20, 2018
Demolition News Radio #145
After almost a year of almost unprecedented stability and consistency, the first signs of uncertainty might have just showed themselves. Is this the beginning of the end of the good times?
05:24
November 16, 2018
Demolition News Radio #144
We live in an age of unprecedented transparency. And yet, the demolition industry still operates a "need to know" policy when it comes to reporting and sharing certain aspects of its business.
08:34
November 05, 2018
Business Briefing for October 2018
Clocking up a massive £6.0 billion in new contract awards during October 2018, it seems that the UK construction industry has no truck with talk of Brexit-led crises. But there is concern that the continued strength of the housing sector might ultimately prove to be to the industry's detriment.
06:06
November 01, 2018