Who is to blame when autonomous machines and vehicles go awry and injure or kill humans? A landmark case in the US could decide how this technology evolves in the future.

Just after midnight on 29 December 2019, a Honda Civic car pulled up to an intersection in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena. The traffic light was green. As the car proceeded through the intersection, another car exited a freeway, ran through a red light, and crashed into the Honda…

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.

There was a time when you could spot them a mile off. In fact, there was a time when you could smell them a mile off.

Environmentalists and eco-warriors attempting to block demolition or construction works used to look like escapees from the Glastonbury Festival — Unkempt, pasty and with…

Imagine if four men were killed in a mass stabbing incident. An urgent investigation would take place beneath the glare of the media spotlight. If there was no quick resolution, questions would be raised. Ultimately, there would be calls for the resignation of the relevant head of police.

Imagine if…

The arrival of Liberty Industrial in the UK demolition business will likely trigger a widespread wagon circling among incumbent contractors. But there could be lessons to be learned from this world class operator.

During the course of my 30+year journalistic career, I have been fortunate enough to visit demolition companies and sites on four continents and in more countries than I can actually remember. I can tell you that some were good, some were not so good, and some were truly outstanding. …

In demolition, we should content ourselves with tearing down structures, and be less intent upon tearing down people.

Site supervisors requesting a replacement operator because the young person just starting out on site (and in their career) is a little bit slow and ponderous. Site workers who leave sex toys in the cab of a female machine operator for laughs and banter. Company bosses that insist that training…

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?

For as long as I can remember, equipment manufacturers have produced different machines for different regions of the world.

Machines destined for sunnier climes used to be offered with canopies rather than cabs.

In other regions, a sealed cab and a decent heater is way more important than air conditioning…

Awareness alone is not enough to truly combat the issues of bullying, depression and suicide, sexism, racism and homophobia within the demolition and construction industries.

During my formative years as a journalist, I was lucky enough to work under two editors that would shape the way in which I worked with and treated others. My first editor was from the Gordon Ramsay mould: shouty, sweary and given to sudden and unexpected outbursts of rage. There…

Is there any such thing as a “pure” demolition contractor these days? I don’t mean one that has been filtered through volcanic rock over countless millennia. I don’t mean like a sandy beach or a blanket of snow devoid of footprints. And I don’t mean clean from sins of the…

As the UK Government removes the financial supports put in place amidst the COVID-19 crisis, it is exposing the fact that some construction companies were already struggling and that temporary, state-funded support was merely a sticking plaster applied to a more deep-rooted and festering wound.

I have an analogy I’d like to share with you. It’s an analogy that is almost certainly inspired by Paul Ford’s excellent new book — Dangerous Structure — that I am currently re-reading (first time for work, second time for pleasure).

When a building is undermined or damaged by flood…

Mark Anthony

Mark is a journalist, author, podcaster and daily live-streamer specialising in the field of demolition and construction.

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