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Demolition Safety Awareness in Construction

Muddassir Katchi March 26, 2018 0

The Many Hazards to Safety during Demolition Work

  • Demolition Work Involves Most, or All, of the Hazards of Construction Work
  • It Can Also Involve Different and Additional Hazards

There are Always Unknown Factors Involved in Demolition Work, Making It Particularly Dangerous

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Possible Hazards of Demolition Work

  • Electrocution
  • Impalement
  • Burns
  • Blunt Trauma

The Potential Causes of Different Hazards

  • Roof, Wall, Floor, Stairway, and Passageway Collapse
  • Weak and Damaged Structures
  • Lack of Proper Lighting, Especially in Stairways
  • Improper Use, or Lack, of Personal Protective Equipment [PPE]
  • Use of Weak or Damaged Material to Cover Floor Openings
  • Improper Use of Demolition Material
  • Failure to Remove Potentially Hazardous Material in a Safe, Appropriate Manner
  • Ignored, or Improperly Shut, Service Lines including Electric, Gas, Water, Steam, and Sewer

Factors to be Considered during Demolition Work

  • Structural Design Variations from the Original Construction
  • Modifications to the Structure’s Original Design
  • The Strength or Weakness of All Construction Materials Used
  • The Presence of Hidden Hazardous Structural Materials such as Asbestos, Lead, and Silica

To Implement Safety Awareness at Demolition Sites

Employers Have a Responsibility to Provide a Safe Workplace for Employees Under OSHA Standards

Demolition Safety Can be Increased Through:

  • Engineering Surveys
  • Locating and Securing Nearby Utilities
  • Fire Prevention and Evacuation Plan
  • Emergency Medical Services, including First Aid
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Potential Health Hazards

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