Demolition: Dismantling Safety Concerns

Posted on: 10 August 2015

When you work on a demolition team or are concerned about how safety affects workers in the workplace, you need to learn about demolition safety concerns and how they're addressed. With this article, you can dismantle your concerns and see how they're managed during a demolition

Identifying Potential Safety Concerns

The first step for safety in the workplace is identifying the potential hazards. First, demolition teams look at structures to determine how stable they are. If there is structural weakness, then bracing or temporary restraints could be added. 

Why would you do this when the building is coming down anyway? The building needs to fall in a predictable manner. If that doesn't happen, then onlookers and demolition workers could be put at risk of crushing injuries. 

Identifying Public Heath Hazards

Public health hazards are another concern of demolition teams. When a demolition takes place, many people look on to watch the building or structure collapse. While it can be a thrilling event, the dust and debris from a demolition can be dangerous. 

A demolition team will work to create a barrier around the structure from all sides. The barrier will be larger than necessary, so if anyone goes beyond it, they may still be out of harm's way. 

If scaffolding is being used, it is boldly marked to identify it. That way, the public won't collide with it or touch the scaffolding, which could make it uneven or unstable. 

Identifying a Competent Team Leader

The most important way accidents are prevented is by having a competent team member double check the structure, any formulas used for calculating the detonations on the building, and the overall hazards in the workplace. The competent team member should have knowledge in demolition and the things that can go wrong, so he can prevent those accidents from happening. 

For example, if a competent leader is chosen, he may identify the fact that not all workers have a hardhat on. Hardhats are required by law and can save workers from injuries to the head caused by falling objects. 

A team member that isn't competent in the supervision of a demolition could miss the fact that the primary safety precautions weren't being used, and that could lead to injuries in the workplace later. 

These are just a few ways safety concerns on construction and demolition sites are addressed. Many other methods are used as well to make sure workers stay safe.