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RPE Face fitting tests in demolition

Face fitting tests In demolition, our operatives must always wear respiratory protective equipment (RPE). All RPE must protect anyone wearing it. If the mask does not fit correctly, it will leak and therefore, not be suitable for the purpose. People faces are all different, so one type of mask...

Date: 14/04/2020

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Dust Control for demolition

Dust Control – the dangers if not applied Dust Control – the dangers posed by concrete dust in construction applications were largely ignored until recent years. In the United States of America, they were highlighted in some detail 50 years ago by an industrial hygienist called by Marion Trice....

Date: 08/04/2020

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The asbestos removal process

Asbestos Removal Process The asbestos removal process  is as follows: Asbestos enclosures Asbestos fibre release is controlled during the removal process by the construction of sealed enclosures. The enclosures are constructed usually by a timber framework. 1000g polyethene is applied to the frame with joints and seams sealed with...

Date: 31/03/2020

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The Demolition Process

The Demolition Process for buildings and structures The requirement to demolish or refurbish a building occurs for a variety of reasons. It is essential that the demolition process is adhered to. Every building has a lifespan which is known as its ‘design life. An architect will design a building...

Date: 27/03/2020

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Why do you need a section 80 notice for demolition

The Section 80 Demolition Notice – all you need to know A Section 80 Demolition Notice is also known as the notice of intended demolition. In short, this means that when there is the intention to demolish a building or indeed part of a building, the owner will need...

Date: 26/03/2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.