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than 95%. That landfill input material is coming from into potential danger areas. Even with the level of training
somewhere and it’s not from demolition. We find the this industry now provides, that is bound to lead to an
thought of sending aggregates to landfill abhorrent, yet it increase in accidents.”
remains commonplace within the construction field.”
Concerned over this potential danger to his fellow demo-
Against this background, Quarmby believes that the lition workers, Quarmby has conducted his own initial
construction industry will fail to meet Government targets research. And while the findings are not entirely conclusive,
from the demolition sector bolstering the statistics. the signs are plain to see. “The sustainability drive began
“This is a hugely ambitious target and it’s only three years in earnest at the turn of the new millennium. At the same
away,” he asserts. “Demolition is sending a miniscule time, the number of accidents in the demolition industry
amount of materials to landfill, even if we include the began to increase,” he states. “And the figures are signifi-
arisings from soft strip operations. But construction has cant. Over a 10 year period, site accidents were up by as
a long way to go and, based on present figures, I would much as 60%.”
personally question their ability to meet these targets.”
Although he’s convinced that the increase in recycling and
the increase in accidents are linked, he has called upon
Danger Zone
demolition contractors to maintain records on the precise
However, Quarmby’s greatest fear is for the safety of his
cause of any accidents that might occur. “We need to gather
fellow demolition workers. “Thanks to the development of
as much information on this subject as we possibly can,”
modern work practices and the increasing use of highly
Terry Quarmby concludes. “As an industry, we are totally
specialised equipment, many parts of the demolition
committed to the sustainability cause. But if it is causing
process have become a one man, one machine operation
harm to our workers, then we need that information to
and that man is largely isolated from the demolition area.
share with Government and to help them steer
Aside from a few blips along the way, this has been
future work practices.”
reflected in a steady but marked decrease in the number
To listen to a full audio podcast of Terry Quarmby’s
of accidents on UK demolition sites,” he says. “The problem
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