10 · 2008 Conventon
Unfortunately for some, the Flamenco dancing also heralded the arrival of bottles of Hierbas, a Majorcan liqueur with an aniseed taste and a kick like a mule.
Despite the fact that many delegates were nursing Hierbas hangovers, Saturday began bright and early with one of the most eagerly anticipated half yearly business meetings for many years. Delegates and officers having been welcomed by NFDC president John Wring, who also introduced the representatives from the US’ National
Demolition Association, first up was chief executive Howard Button to provide an update on the Federation’s ongoing commitment to training. This year’s convention proved timely, following hot on the heels of the recent updates to the CPCS scheme. Button highlighted his concerns about the complexity of the new system, suggesting that the wording of some of the questions could make it prohibitively difficult for some employees. However, this is a matter that is being addressed and Button remained confident of an amicable resolution in the short term. Button then handed over to CITB ConstructionSkills’ Martin Morrell who echoed
Button’s optimism about the new CPCS scheme and offered some additional good news for delegates with the availability of grant funding to help cover the cost of employee training.
The next presentation, by the editor, focused upon the launch of the new guidance notes on the safe use of mobile crushers and the deconstruction of tower blocks together with the launch of the new website, all of which are covered in the Convention Supplement enclosed with this edition of Demolition & Dismantling or can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/5752gb and http://tinyurl.com/5ass6y.
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Together with three of his colleagues, Smith underlined the Japanese manufacturer’s commitment to the demolition industry and highlighted some of the key developments, in particular the strength of its excavator cabs. This was a point that was driven home forcefully with a brief video that, whilst highlighting very poor demolition practice, also proved
However, there was a poignant moment of silence when the front cover of the last issue of D&D featuring a photo of the late Sidney Hunt Snr was projected onto the screen. It was a timely reminder of a man who helped instigate the NFDC annual convention and the esteem with which he is still held by his peers.
Attention then turned to the event’s various sponsors with Marubeni-Komatsu director/general manager Allen Smith the first to his feet.
the sheer strength of the operator protection. This video can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/5tv7qc. Impressive and illuminating presentations then followed from Sandvik Mining and Construction, Building Health, Sylentmite, Metal and Waste Recycling and All Metal Recovery before delegates took a well-deserved and remarkably punctual lunch-break. Following an afternoon at leisure, delegates and their families gathered by the pool of the Valparaiso Hotel pool for a barbecue of such proportions
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