5 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON A DEMOLITION SITE
Health and safety is a top priority on all demolition sites in CA. As well as using technology, there are multiple considerations that need to be made before machines and workers step onto the demolition site.
1. Be Asbestos Aware
Demolition and Refurbishment Asbestos Surveys must be carried out before any demolition work can take place, and any licenced or non-licenced asbestos found must be removed in a safe and compliant manner.
Operations will then be brought to a halt until the licenced asbestos has been removed by the specialist contractor. Our operatives are qualified to remove non-licenced asbestos in a safe manner.
2. Safety Equipment Must Be Worn
During demolition, it’s vital for all employees to wear the correct safety equipment
As a minimum, 6-part equipment must be worn at all times on site by any operative, including:
- Hard Hat
- Noise Protection
- Safety Glasses
- High-Visibility Vest/Jacket
- Safety Gloves
- Steel-Toe Capped Boots.
3. Prevent Accidents with Training, Qualification and Experience
Any staff working on a demolition site must have the appropriate qualifications, training, and experience. It is vital that every employee understands what equipment should be worn and present throughout the demolition. Regular, updated health and safety training is also needed to help reduce the risk of accidents. Remember, some qualifications expire after a certain amount of time, so check regularly to ensure everyone’s training is up to date.
4. Monitor Noise, Vibration and Dust
Environmental safety is also paramount on a demolition project. Noise, vibration, and dust are common by-products of demolition work, so they must be effectively monitored and managed to avoid any risk to the workforce or neighbouring properties.
Frequent exposure to loud noise can permanently damage a person’s hearing. In addition to this, noise can also create a safety risk, making it difficult for workers to communicate effectively or preventing them from hearing warning signs.
Vibration also poses a risk. The vibrating hand tools commonly used in demolition can cause hand-arm vibration syndrome. As a result, workers’ exposure to vibration must be managed and reduced as far as possible.
Regular noise and vibration monitoring are conducted throughout all our projects with reports being issued to the client’s project team. Working hours can also be adjusted to ensure avoidable “noisy” activities are undertaken at times that have minimal impact on the public.
5. A Clean Site is a Safe Site
Keeping the site clean and safe throughout the demolition process is essential. Having a clean site appears as standard on most health and safety regulations and should always be implemented on demolition sites to keep workers safe.
A safe site also means ensuring that everyone has access to fresh drinking water and washing facilities, as well as hot water and a clean, safe environment for breaks.
Housekeeping is paramount to promote a safe working environment and to also ensure that the demolition arisings and other materials from the site are dealt with appropriately. A safe site compound is imperative and welfare facilities are provided for operatives to take breaks away from the operational area of the site.
Be sure your next project complies with all the applicable regulations.
We are ECG, we are safety first.
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