NFDC Issues Statement following recent demolition incidents

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) issued a statement of awareness via its website regarding an incident on a demolition site in Reading on Thursday 1st August in which three people were injured. The main demolition contractor released a comment confirming the incident and that investigation is underway to ascertain the facts.

NFDC has become aware of two further scaffold collapse incidents occurring this week, on Wednesday August 7th in Nuneaton and on Thursday 8th August in Liverpool, where there are no reported injuries.

William Crooks, Managing Director of Cawarden Demolition Company and Vice President of the NFDC, shares the following statement with NFDC following the incident on the demolition site in Nuneaton;

“On behalf of Cawarden Co Ltd, I would confirm that a scaffold has collapsed in the centre of Nuneaton due to the unexpected movement of the building during demolition. I can state that no persons were injured during the collapse and would like to thank the quick response of the emergency services and Nuneaton Borough Council immediately after the incident.

Cawarden’s emergency procedures were put into action and the building and scaffold were made safe at 11pm that evening.

Investigations are now in process with Cawarden, The Health & Safety Executive ,C&D Consultancy and Nuneaton Borough Council to understand what caused the collapse and design a method to finish the demolition of the building. Once the investigations are completed the findings will be submitted to the NFDC to be circulated to help stop future incidents in the industry.”

Today’s demolition industry represents sophistication, professionalism, competence and qualification, high standards and exemplary safety records. Any incidents of this nature are unusual – for three to occur and within a short time period is unheard of. Following the investigation of these incidents and establishment of the facts, the NFDC will work to support the prevention of future incidents.

Holly Price, President of NFDC, commented “As anybody working in the demolition industry will know, NFDC exists to raise standards and works to educate and promote safe working, deliver best practice and enforce industry-recognised training for operatives within its Member companies. Whilst the rate of incidents is low, we strive for zero harm in the demolition industry and safety is of paramount importance.”