What about creating a global federation for increased safety for demolition workers?

What about creating a global federation for increased safety for demolition workers?

Published 18/4 at 12:58

Something that has baffled me in all the years I've been reporting on the demolition industry is the somewhat weak focus on safety. The demolition industry is the sector within the general building and construction industry where there are undoubtedly the most workplace accidents during a working year when compared to other industry sectors. The construction industry is also the sector with the most fatal accidents. In 2019, 5,333 construction workers died due to work related instances in the US alone.

When it looks hopeless, life somehow finds a way to survive

Published 4/3 at 10:07

After the Christmas and New Year holidays, work started again, with the Intermat Exhibition’s press days for the international media starting things off. Perhaps not as many exhibitors as hoped for participated, but enough were there to make the event interesting and worthwhile. A few days later, it was time to head to the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, which would turn out to be the best edition of the show in many years as the American market is highly optimistic – a stark contrast to the pessimism found in many parts of Europe today.

When the chaff is separated from the wheat

When the chaff is separated from the wheat

Published 22/12, 2023 at 10:08

This year is coming to its end; it has been an eventful year to say the least, in a rather sad way. Unfortunately, there are few bright spots in the times we live in, the war in Ukraine continues as does the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Thousands of innocent people have died on both sides and the death toll is increasing fast. When will we start to love each other instead of killing each other because we do not like the colour of someone’s skin or what they believe in?

The market is characterised by irregularity

Published 5/7, 2023 at 07:10

It's a rather strange time we live in, particularly the last five years or so. It all started with the pandemic, which made many people think more seriously about their own life span.

The uneven world today

Published 24/4, 2023 at 09:33

The world these days behaves a little strangely and unevenly, one could say. When the global pandemic broke out in 2020, everything slowed down for a few months, at least in Europe.

Visit to Brazil a break from the turmoil in Europe

Visit to Brazil a break from the turmoil in Europe

Published 6/3, 2023 at 09:40

For four weeks starting at the end of January and including almost all of February, I had the privilege of staying in Brazil. I have visited the country many times since 1985. What struck me this time was that my visit was a break from the unrest in Europe and the war in Ukraine.

Are you riding in the passenger seat?

Are you riding in the passenger seat?

Published 3/1, 2023 at 13:29

When we once again are on the brink of a new year, the experience can vary quite a lot from person to person.

The road back is crooked

Published 19/12, 2022 at 15:44

Soon another year will have passed and the world is still in a state that we can hardly really recognise from before. The world is on the way back to recovery though, but the road back is not exactly straight, as the pandemic has left large parts of the world behind to some extent.

Talk of austerity and recession creates concern in the market

Published 11/10, 2022 at 10:07

When the winds of the recession begin to blow, concern grows among entrepreneurs, suppliers and employees alike. But is the concern always justified, at least to such an extent that it affects the business? Recession is not a new invention, but something that most people in the industry have experienced several times before. The recession is there to be fought. PDi’s editor in chief shares his thoughts on the subject.

Words from the EDA President: Join us at the EDA ‘Think Tank 2022’

Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:21

The European Demolition Association is the trade organisation that brings together the stakeholders related to demolition, decontamination and recycling activities in Europe.

Coming out of the shadows

Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:14

Summer in the northern hemisphere is almost over and now the southern parts of the world are approaching spring and summer. The world is slowly coming out of the mist or the shadows that was caused by the pandemic all over the world.

IACDS annual meeting & networking event

Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:12

This year, the International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers, IACDS, will again arrange the IACDS Annual Meeting.

Words from the IACDS President: Three and a half different but exciting years

Published 3/10, 2022 at 10:09

It started at bauma and it will end at bauma. It was three and a half years ago at bauma when I was elected president of the IACDS. And now, three and a half years later, the presidentship of the IACDS will get a new face.

Finally back on track!

Published 4/7, 2022 at 07:49

It is with great pleasure that I can state that we are beginning to return to normal behaviour and working methods. Most countries have lifted their restrictions on the Covid pandemic, and we can meet in a normal and unlimited way again. It's almost like before the pandemic broke out. However, people are still getting sick from the coronavirus, but the effects are not as bad as before, with far fewer fatalities. This is due to the fact that so many have been vaccinated and that we have created a form of herd immunity.

Words from the IACDS President: Protecting our most important asset, [...]

Published 4/7, 2022 at 07:43

Protecting our most important asset, our employees, is paramount I would like to take an incident that occurred at our company at the beginning of this year as an opportunity to once again emphasise the enormous importance of accident prevention.

PDi Magazine condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine

Published 19/4, 2022 at 08:49

When PDi issue 1-2022 was sent to the printers, it was right in the middle of production of the magazine when Russia invaded and started the war against Ukraine.

Coming out of the shadows

Published 11/3, 2022 at 08:31

On Wednesday 9 February, 2022, Sweden lifted its Covid-19 pandemic restrictions even though the infection rates are still at an extremely high level, but are declining. It is as if the government has decided that the pandemic is over and has ended. The Public Health Agency of Sweden, like many other country’s health agencies in Europe, states that the new Omicron mutation is not as deadly as previous mutations and people aren’t getting as ill as they had been with the other coronavirus variants. It has proved to be a real balancing act for the authorities to decide when we should return to a normal life, and, at this point, the whole Nordic region (as well as the UK) has lifted its restrictions, with the rest of Europe slowly coming out of the shadows.

The face masks are back on again

Published 27/12, 2021 at 11:39

I am happy to deliver one more loaded issue of PDi Magazine. Despite both 2020 and 2021 having been maybe two of the most weird years since PDi was founded in 2000, they did turn out rather well for the international concrete cutting, demolition, recycling, remediation and concrete floor grinding and polishing industries. During the second half of 2021, restrictions were lifted in many countries around the world, in particular Europe, but the trend of opening up markets came to an abrupt end when the first cases of the Omicron mutation showed up in South Africa.

Words from the EDA President: Welcome to the digitalisation era

Published 23/11, 2021 at 14:37

If we talk about digitalisation, the moment has come to stop talking about it in terms of the future. That moment had already arrived, in a way, some time ago. But it became more evident with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, which undoubtedly transformed our lives in many ways.

“Bring your broom cos it’s a mess”

Published 23/11, 2021 at 14:28

Things are now loosening up in the market and in June, PDi Magazine exhibited at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, but only with our US personnel attending the show. In October however, some of our European staff attended the Italian show Ecomondo in Rimini. This marks a kind of a new era in travelling after being more or less locked up since March 2020.

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