3 Common Dangers to Avoid During Commercial Demolition

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Whether it needs to come down for safety purposes or so people can remove it and rebuild in its place, the demolition of an industrial facility can be physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelming. Not only are there concerns about being able to get the job done in the right time frame, but you also need to ensure the demo occurs in a safe manner. Thankfully, help is available if you are concerned about safety during the demolition of your commercial building. Here are a few dangers to avoid during the demo process.

Equipment Failure

Moving, sorting, loading, and processing materials during the demolition of a building can be challenging without the right equipment. Unfortunately, over time, issues may arise with this equipment or the operators may make mistakes, resulting in equipment failure and dangerous, costly accidents.

To prevent these dangers, be sure all equipment is inspected multiple times before and throughout the demolition job. Also, offer ongoing training to all employees on how to safely operate the different equipment, including trucks, excavators, backhoes, drills, power saws, and so on.

No matter how experienced you believe you and your employees are, proper training on all equipment is key before the demolition begins. If an individual will be responsible for one area and certain pieces of equipment, they should spend the majority of their time training in these specific areas.

Falls

While surprising to learn, an estimated 42 percent of deaths on construction sites are related to falls, so protecting your workers and the people around your demo site from the risk of falls is imperative.

During the demo of any building, construction materials are removed, reducing surfaces and support materials. Without these materials in place, workers are risking their lives while also creating an injury risk that could affect their ability to work in the future.

Ensure all of your workers understand the risks and know how to proceed through a commercial building before, during, and after the demolition begins. You also need to mark the area, blocking it from passersby and visitors to protect them from entering the building. In addition, blocking the demo site from passersby will protect them from falling debris.

Everyone who is working in or near the demo site should also wear protective gear at all times. When working on a high level, workers should wear full body restraints. Headgear and safety goggles are also important pieces of safety gear to protect workers from debris and construction materials that may fall.

Hazardous Materials

Equipment failure and falls, whether it is a worker or an object that falls, can be devastating. However, there are also hidden dangers lurking in many commercial buildings that you may not even realize can affect your health and the environment.

Lead is a common problem you may face when tearing down a building. Although most common in homes built before 1978, lead paint may also be present in painted steel beams in your commercial building.

Exposure to lead can cause fatigue, irritability, hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and even high blood pressures and seizures. Be sure all of your workers are prepared for the risk of lead. Wearing respirator masks, safety goggles, and gloves is essential during demolition.

Wood and particle board will also be removed during the demo of the building. In some instances, these construction materials may contain formaldehyde. Throughout the demo, the formaldehyde-laden wood dust will fill the air. Inhaling formaldehyde can negatively affect your respiratory system and even cause serious skin and eye irritations.

Keeping your demo site safe is possible, but proper understanding and planning is imperative. The information in this guide hopefully helped you understand and prepare for a few common dangers. Call an industrial demolition service if you have more questions.

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