SAFETY FIRST. Why is security so important to us?
It should come as no surprise to anyone that demolition is dangerous work. We are fully focused on minimizing risks and increasing the safety of the jobsite; for both the workers and the passers-by.
What do we do differently from our competition and what safety measures do we have in place? For us, safety is more than just a requirement, it is the top priority of all our work. Any demolition work, concrete cutting, asphalt grinder and abatement is planned primarily due to the need to create safe space. WE CARE about providing quality work; safely and effectively.
With safety as our top priority, we’ve put together a collection of the most important points to consider before we begin any demolition work.
Preparations and Precautions
- Risk assessment: Before you start work, conduct a risk assessment. You’re able to effectively prepare once you’ve considered all risks. By choosing an experienced and trusted demolition company, your risk assessment will most likely be well done and throught; taking into account the demolition process, hazardous and waste materials, asbestos risks and more.
- Induction training: Does your team have a thorough understanding of the demolition project, timeline and process? Arrange induction training to be sure that all personnel on site are equipped with safety and accident prevention techniques.
- Prepare a demolition plan: Include the demolition method, safety measures and any environmental damage. Aim to consider and prepare for all possible hazards that may arise during your demolition.
- Notify people affected: Anyone affected by your demolition work, like neighbors or employees on site, should be notified of the plans and timeframe.
Minimizing Hazards and Risks
Demolition sites are full of hazards, powerful equipment and dangerous materials. Carelessness and oversights in demolitions, and on any construction site, can lead to a range of injuries. Incidents like head trauma, cave-ins, cuts, breaks, strains and even life-threatening injuries aren’t uncommon when planning is overlooked.
- Wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE): While the PPE requirements for each region may vary, workers should wear a hard hat/helmet, safety goggles, gloves, high-visibility vest or jacket and steel-toe boots at a demolition site.
- Maintain a mindset of asbestos awareness: Don’t begin any demolition phase until you’ve conducted comprehensive asbestos surveying at the site. Make sure you’ve removed all licensed and non-licensed asbestos materials before proceeding.
There are no second chances when it comes to safety, so proper preparation and planning is critical to minimize risks of damage and harm. We always recommend working with an experienced demolition professional who is able to provide your demolition project with added expertise and experience. Before you begin any work on your demolition, be sure you’ve completed the following checklist.
- Turn off all utilities
- Designate an area for debris and set up debris systems
- Plan to begin with the top floor
- Brace floors and walls
- Remove ornamental stonework
- Inspect safety gear, machinery and equipment
- Ensure operators are fully trained and knowledgeable
- Disseminate demolition plans to all personnel
We are ECG, We are safety first.
This field definitely needs some expert hands and skill. For a smooth and safe demolition process, chat with the demolition experts at Environmental Construction Group.
We pride ourselves in providing Demolition, abatement and Environmental Services you can depend on.
Contact us to get started on your next project, Call us: 562-438-7999.