Demolition work is often the first step toward getting a new construction project off the ground. It’s clearing the way for the progress to come and, in many ways, it’s tangible, rewarding work. Still, demolition isn’t without its risks. Here are some key considerations to take into account before launching a demo project to ensure the safety of your crew and those around them — and the health of your overall project.
Consider Your Surroundings
It’s important to assess the demolition site before rolling up your sleeves to get started on the work. Take note of wildlife, greenery and even neighbors in the surrounding area, and determine how they might be affected. Will loud noises come into play? Will dust or fumes become an issue? Will you disrupt traffic patterns? Thinking through such issues beforehand will help you minimize disruption, and is a critical part of the process. Take steps to ensure your team understands what greenery, plants and elements are off limits, and make note in your project plans. That added step helps ensure such considerations aren’t overlooked.
Consider the Methods at Play
Once your team has a thorough understanding not only of your desired end result, but of the area at play, then you can dig in on which method to put to work. Mechanical demolition, which incorporates excavators and other heavy-duty equipment, is ideal for complete demolition projects where virtually everything in and around the area must be removed. In instances where foliage and other elements must be preserved, however, manual demolition is often the best option. Manual demolition incorporates the use of jackhammers and similar tools, and tends to be a slower, more calculated process. Most demolition work is actually a combination of the two methods.
Consider the Rules and Regulations
Just as your crew’s construction projects require proper permitting and paperwork, demolition, does, too. Before getting started, make sure you understand exactly what is required of your crew. After all, different regions have varying regulations when it comes to issues such as noise requirements, debris, recycling and even public notices. By working with a licensed construction crew, you can ensure the people getting the job done have every aspect covered — and that your company won’t have to worry about potential legal or financial repercussions.
Consider Who to Trust with the Work
Hiring experienced professionals is the most important part of any demolition or construction job. A professional team will understand the scope of the project — and ensure that every necessary precaution has been taken. In addition to creating a safer overall environment, licensed crews also have insight into issues such as lead-based paint, asbestos, utilities and other issues that regularly rear their heads on demolition sites.
Keeping these considerations in mind doesn’t just reduce risks on your demolition sites, but helps keep your projects on schedule. If you have additional questions regarding demolition work, feel free to reach out to us. FUSED is proud to be your single source, full force for industrial, commercial and civil work.