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…

The sector’s historic failure to address its perennial skills shortage could prevent it from taking full advantage of a business bonanza.

It was once said that there are two certainties in life: Death and Taxes. However, I would like to propose a third: A construction skills shortage.

For as long as I have been writing about all things construction and demolition (33 years, since you asked) I have been reporting upon…

Is the way in which the demolition industry is portrayed in the media partly to blame for the sector’s inability to attract young people into its ranks. And, if so, is this a problem of our own creation.

No-one has ever walked into their kitchen, found a can of tuna fish, a carrot of questionable vintage and some left-over rice and thought: “Ah yes, I shall fashion a lobster Thermidor from this lot”. …

The dismantling of the UK’s fossil fuelled power stations has been a lucrative business for the country’s demolition contractors. But the end is now is in sight. So what happens now?

It’s an ill wind that blows no-one any good. And so, while the UK’s coal-fired power stations have belched CO2 into the atmosphere and been a blot on the British skyline for 50 years or more, their demise has greatly improved the fortunes of specialist demolition companies. …

It is almost 2,000 days since the boiler house at the Didcot A Power Station collapsed, claiming the lives of four demolition workers. The families of those four men and the wider demolition community are still waiting for an explanation five and a half years later. And there’s no end in sight.

I am not a big believer in conspiracy theories. I believe that 911 was the work of terrorists and not the US government. I believe that man really has walked upon the moon and that the lunar landing was not created by Stanley Kubrick in a secret film studio. I…

How can the American authorities investigate, prosecute and close a fatal industrial accident in 17 months while, 63 months later, a UK investigation into a similar incident remains ongoing with no end in sight?

Take two power plant collapses. In one, two men are tragically killed. It would take a month — including Christmas and the New Year holidays — for the body of one of those men to be recovered from the rubble. …

Mark Anthony

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

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