September 23, 2016

All New PPE Regulations

A new set of EU regulations covering PPE was listed by the European Union in April of this year. This is the first stage of the regulations and is due too last two years. This means that in April 2018 the new regulations will come into force, although there will be a one year grace period for articles already marked to previous standards.

So what does this mean in practice?

There are now three categories of PPE:
  1. Category 1 which is simple PPE which basically protects from contact issues. For example, contact with water or cleaning materials, sunglasses.
  2. Category 2 which is intermediate PPE to protect from risks not covered by the other categories. For example, Hi Vis, Safety Glasses and Helmets.
  3. Category 3 which is complex PPE to protect from risks that may cause death or serious injury. For example, drowning, knife wounds, chain saw cuts, falling from height.
These changes will mainly have an effect on the supply chain as it will be the wholesalers who ensure that the PPE they buy is covered by a “declaration of conformity” or a link where it can be obtained. It then becomes the buyers responsibility to ensure they are buying from reputable wholesalers who can provide this information.

For more information contact Stuart on stuart@demolishdismantle.co.uk.

September 22, 2016

Fire Safety – Your Site is also a Workplace Premise

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 all workplace premises are required to have an appointed responsible person who is tasked with ensuring the fire safety of the premises and people who work there. The word “premises” also includes sites, including both site offices and welfare as well as the site itself.

So what is involved:
  • There needs to be a full fire risk assessment in place
  • A suitable fire evacuation plan needs to be in place
  • Staff training needs doing to ensure the plan works
  • Everything needs recording
  • Suitable firefighting and alarm sounding equipment needs to be on-site
Clearly this is not a 5-minute job, especially with more complex sites, but there is always help and advice available, including from C&D, so if you are looking for some help or guidance please email stuart@demolishdismantle.co.uk.

September 19, 2016

IDE announces amazing speaker line-up for the 2016 Autumn Seminar

The IDE Autumn Seminar kicks off on Friday, 30th September and we now have the impressive programme of what attendees can look forward to on the day.

Please click on the image below to see the programme in full:

If you would like to attend the Autumn Seminar and haven't yet booked your place, please visit the IDE website for further details and the booking form.

September 16, 2016

C&D shortlisted for two jobs in World Demolition Awards

Here at C&D we are very proud to have been shortlisted for a job in the Collaboration Award category of the World Demolition Awards, but this week we discovered even better news. We aren't just listed for one job, we're actually listed for two!

Here's the most up-to-date shortlist for the category:

Collaboration Award
  • C&D Consultancy/J Bryan Victoria/One Vision Housing/Technical Demolition Services, United Kingdom
  • Erith Contractors/Institute of Demolition Engineers/National Federation of Demolition Contractors/Passion Project, UK
  • Kiewit/Manson/California Department of Transportation/COWI/ESA/Ventura Consulting, USA
  • Safedem/C&D Consultancy/Dem-Master/New Gorbals Housing Association, UK
As you can see, we're listed for collaborations with Safedem and Dem-Master as well as with J Bryan Victoria, One Vision Housing, and Technical Demolition Services.

We can't wait for the awards to swing round this year now!

To see the full list of award categories, please visit D&RI's website.

September 15, 2016

C&D collaborated with 777 Demolition on M20 bridge collapse

You couldn't fail to notice the bridge that collapsed across the M20 last month as it was plastered all over the news. The cause was simple to determine: a lorry had ploughed into it, having attempted to pass underneath at speed with a digger on the back that was too tall.

As the main route to the Channel Tunnel and the Port of Dover, keeping the M20 open is extremely important for Britain's transportation system and businesses. 777 Demolition was awarded the job of clearing the remains of the bridge, and they opted to use C&D's Mike Kehoe as the demolition engineer for the project. The bridge needed to be fully demolished and some 400 tonnes of rubble removed from the carriageway.

The collaboration worked well, with the collapsed pedestrian bridge being removed and the motorway reopened the following day. In fact, the whole job moved along at around 8 hours ahead of schedule.

For further details on the accident, visit the BBC News website.

September 14, 2016

Final details of the September 21st Golf Day

C&D is sponsoring a Golf Day being held at the prestigious Astbury Hall on Wednesday, 21st September.

The itinerary for the day is as follows:

10am: Champagne Reception / Bacon Rolls / Tea and Coffee – Goody bag collection!

12 noon: Shotgun Start (Starting holes to be allocated)

4.30pm: Drinks in the bar and on the terrace

6.15pm: 2 course dinner of Beef followed by a trio of deserts.

7.15pm: Comedian – Jonny Cole

8pm: Prize giving – Teams First / Second / Third – Longest Drive – Nearest the Pin – Most Individual Points – Pink Ball Competition

8.15pm: Q and A with the former Wolves / Derby County legends on the day. (Steve Daley / Don Goodman / Mel Eves / Roger Davies / Roy Macfarland / Michael Johnson / Phil Parkes)

10pm: Carriages

FREE BEER will be given out on the course all day and the only fundraisers we will be doing will be Heads and Tails and a raffle, with NO main auction!

Please note there are only 11 buggies available on a first come first served basis at £25 each. Jason requests that everyone wear pink if they can and gift donations for the raffle prizes will be welcomed.

Details of pricing and how to sign up a team are given below (click the form to see it full size). For any queries, please contact Jason using jason@first4staff.net

September 13, 2016

Classical pianist raises £1,000 for charity after making Wolverhampton bow

A leading classical pianist made his Wolverhampton debut last week to help raise money for two local charities.

Philip Lange tickled the ivories at the Mount Hotel to raise nearly £1,000 for Legacy for Lucy and Walsall-based Bark Inn Kennels.

The former London Festival Gold Medal winner entertained over 50 guests with a stunning recital of a varied repertoire including Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, Debussy’s ‘The Submerged Cathedral’, Mozart’s ‘Rondo Alla Turca’ and Schubert’s ‘Impromptu’ in A flat major.

Local companies C&D Consultancy and First 4 Staff came together to put on the charity evening, which also attracted former Wolverhampton Wanderers legends Steve Bull and Mel Eves.

“Between the two companies we have arranged a number of sports related fundraisers and wanted to host something different that would appeal to a different audience,” explained C&D’s John Woodward.

“My wife and I had seen Philip perform on a number of cruises and invited him to headline an event in the West Midlands, which I’m delighted to say he gladly accepted. It has proved a winning combination, with nearly £1000 raised from ticket sales, a silent auction and raffle.”

He continued: “A lot of people had never been to a classical piano recital and I think his performance really changed perceptions of this genre.

“Bark Inn Kennels was my chosen charity as we have benefitted from their outstanding work rehabilitating and rehousing racing greyhounds. Hopefully, this donation will help them offer their service to even more dogs.”

Philip Lange studied at the Royal College of Music in London, before making his debut at the Wigmore Hall at just 19 years old. A recital on the South Bank followed just twelve months later and this led to a distinguished career performing at exhibitions, festivals, more than 30 cruises and annual concerts in Mallorca.

“This was a very intimate performance and it gave me the opportunity not only to play some classical pieces, but actually engage with the audience so I could give them the background to the music and what inspired the pieces. I also enjoyed chatting to the audience about my career and answering their questions…there were some very interesting lines of discussion!”

The second charity benefitting from the evening was Breast Cancer Now, which was organised by Jason Guy.

The First 4 Staff MD lost his wife Lucy to the disease at just 33 and has so far raised over £100,000 as part of her legacy and his desire to fund research that can save more lives and, one day, wipe out cancer.

“I want to say a big thank you to Philip and all the people who came out to support us. Elgar was a big Wolves fan so I suppose it was only right that we should incorporate some classical music into our fundraising activity.”

Jason concluded: “There’s something very special watching a master of his art up close and personal.”

If you would like further information, please visit www.barkinnkennels.co.uk or www.breastcancernow.org.

September 12, 2016

Spillard set to help waste and recycling sector save lives with 180-degree ‘Wide Eye’ camera concept

New technology designed to save lives and prevent injury will be officially launched at the RWM Exhibition in Birmingham next week (13-15 th September).

Wolverhampton-based Spillard Safety Systems is going to reveal its Optronics Wide Eye Camera System, which uses a fish eye 180-degree view angle camera that will kill blind spots and increase vision dramatically for the driver.

The firm, which has already hit the national headlines for its VCAS 300 product, will be targeting recycling and waste management companies running large fleets of vehicles and looking to improve safety on the roads for all.

Fitted to the underside of wing mirrors, the new camera transmits a much wider field of vision than traditional systems and sends a high resolution picture to a dashboard monitor – ideal for spotting cyclists or other vehicles coming up the side of large vehicles.

Experts from Spillards will be in Hall 5, Stand W84-X85 to talk through the technology and also demonstrate a series of videos produced to highlight dangers and the benefits the technology provides in real-life working environments.

“We are seeing more and more instances of adults and young children being injured or killed by large vehicles operating on our roads,” explained Peter Spillard, Managing Director.

“And more times than not this is down to blind spots where drivers can’t see or have limited vision of what is around them. The launch of the Optronics Wide Eye Camera System is one step closer to removing a lot of the dangers and will definitely help the sector reduce accidents.”

He continued: “RWM is a fantastic show for us to unveil this new innovation, with more than 13,000 people attending over the three days. We believe there’ll be significant interest as it has been designed in response to industry demand, is easy to fit, completely waterproof and cost effective. There is definitely a need for this in the market.”

Spillard Safety Systems has evolved into one of the UK's largest vehicle safety solution providers to the construction, quarrying mining, waste and commercial industries, with a customer base ranging from global conglomerates to original equipment manufacturers.

The company is hoping that its appearance at RWM will create new opportunities in the recycling and waste management sector, helping it take turnover from £3.5m to £4.5m by the middle of 2016.

In addition to its new 180-degree camera system it will be showcasing Optronics 360-degree, the world’s first aftermarket surround view camera system offering the operator a bird's eye real-time view of the vehicle and its surroundings.

There will also be the firm’s new Commercial Vehicle Board on display, demonstrating the All Round Control System, an integrated solution to managing different safety solutions all in one manageable control box.

Peter concluded: “We have been talking to firms that operate in this sector and there is a renewed focus on investing in new solutions that will improve visibility and prevent any future accidents taking place.

“Optronics Wide Eye is the latest technology we are bringing to market and we are very excited about the positive changes it will deliver.”

For further information, please visit www.spillardsafety.com or follow @spillardsafety on Twitter.

September 9, 2016

Drone captures fantastic footage of superhigh reach machine at SightHill in Glasgow

The footage you see above was captured by a drone being flown remotely and with its cameras trained on the superhigh reach machine of Technical Demolition Services.

This is actually the last of the blocks of flats at SightHill in Glasgow. What a fitting way to see it for the last time.

September 7, 2016

End of life for HBCD-containing polystyrene insulation foams

Our sister site Demolition Training has some important information up this morning regarding the end-of-life of HBCD-containing polystyrene insulation foams. It includes an essential case study document courtesy of the NFDC and Plastics Europe.

Head on over to Demolition Training to read up on this important issue.