Top Demolition Fails and How They Could Have Been Prevented

Posted On: February 23, 2018
Demolition accidents that involve explosives and other powerful equipment can lead to serious accidents or fatalities if safety precautions are ignored. The main causes of death and injuries following failed demolitions include:
  1. Premature detonation
  2. Premature collapse of structures
  3. Falls from scaffolding and other platforms installed for workers
If workers are not trained to prepare for these anomalies during detonations, the shock alone might lead to debilitating injuries even if the explosion fails to affect them. To prevent this, workers should be informed of demolition plans beforehand, and they should also undergo thorough safety training procedures. In addition, they should also be given ample time to clear the demolition site and a risk assessment should be performed to determine issues that can delay operations or cause harm. If these precautions were taken beforehand, the following demolition accidents may have been prevented:
  • A structure undergoing demolition ended up collapsing on a Salvation Army store, trapping dozens of people under the rubble. Six [6] people were killed with another fourteen [14] injured. The store was open for business during the accident since workers failed to warn store owners about the demolition beforehand.
  • A hospital implosion failed when authorities decided to make it a spectacular event. The building failed to disintegrate properly and had to be demolished manually later. However, since the explosion was not contained properly, large pieces of debris were hurled onto the 100,000 spectators that were gathered 500 meters away. A 12-year-old girl was killed on the spot, and 9 other people were injured.
  • The famous Silverdome failed to disintegrate properly after rigged explosives were detonated. Most of the charges failed to go off and the upper section of the stadium remained intact. The demolition started with a partial implosion that was supposed to bring down that section but failed.
  • The demolition of an old factory in Turkey almost ended in tragedy when instead of disintegrating, the structure toppled over on its side and rolled onto its roof. The rolling building came very close to homes near the demolition site. If it hadn’t been blocked by a wall, the structure might have rolled over an entire residential block, crushing residents in its wake.
  • A building that was to be demolished in China failed to disintegrate completely due to a technical fault. Half of the structure collapsed but the other half was left intact, albeit leaning precariously. It had to be manually demolished with a crane later.
These incidents could have been prevented with the implementation of appropriate safety procedures and training. Conducting a risk assessment beforehand can highlight variables, weaknesses, and the presence of hazardous material that can harm spectators and workers alike.

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  • Understanding the need and value of PPE or personal protective equipment
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  • Understanding types of walking surfaces and how to scale them safely
  • Hazard communication and its importance in high risk sites
  • Understanding emergency action plans and their importance
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