Top 5 Demolitions of 2017

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A Carpenter Construction employee uses a trackhoe to demolish a house on Tenth Street. U. S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp

Demolitions and related subjects, such as illegal dumping, was a big part of the news for 2017. It was quite a year in terms of the wide variety of news that is related to the demolition industry. Here are the top five stories about demolitions and related subjects that occurred in 2017.

Drop Hammer

In Finland, a bridge that was built in 1977 was demolished by a device known as a drop hammer. The hammer itself weighs nine tons in total and has a four-ton bullet that smashes structures, like bridges, with great efficiency. The impact from the drop hammer loosens the concrete from the rebar, making it easier to crush the remaining material.

Erith Contractors Recognized

For the 2017 National Grid Property Awards, Erith Contractors made the short list that provides recognition for outstanding service in the demolition industry. The nominations for the company were extensive and included the following categories;

  • Best Stakeholder Engagement
  • Best Large and Small Project Delivery
  • Best Project Documentation
  • Most Considerate Projects
  • Best SHE Leadership

Illegal Dumping

Barry Kilroe, a director of a waste management company, illegally dumped about 75,000 tons of waste and has been jailed for 15 months. His actions were discovered after one of the largest investigations in the history of the UK’s Environmental Agency. Kilroe was the director of KDC Contractors, and he illegally dumped the waste.

Car Park Demolition

A car park located in Edinburgh, Scotland, partially collapsed before a full demolition could take place. The area, which will be the site of the St. James’ Centre, has been fully addressed by the demolition company. The good news was that the collapse did not cause any injuries or deaths due to the large exclusion zone set up by the contractor. The collapse served as a reminder of not only the dangers inherent in the demolition of large structures, but also how responsible demolition companies can prevent disaster because of their safety procedures.

Arson

AR Demolition was subject to an arson attack in 2017, causing considerable damage to their equipment. This follows a previous arson attack in 2015, which also caused damage to the equipment the company uses. The fire damage to the vehicles and equipment was considerable and AR Demolition is responding by increasing their security measures.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help You

If you are looking for demolition services, then Brickley Environmental is here for you. We offer the best in demolitions and the removal of hazardous waste and asbestos, along with mold and lead abatement. We are specialists with many years of experience in cleaning up contaminated properties.

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