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What to Consider for Site and Building Demolition?

You would need to abide by all the Government rules and regulations regarding site and building demolition lest, there may be certain hitches in carrying your project to completion and the most evident one amongst those would be the delay in time of execution. Site demolition essentially means the removal of catch basins, concrete pavements, manholes, underground pipes etc. from a site. The method and site of disposal of all the site demolition materials usually has a large impact on a project. Refer to our checklist below to be sure that all the work is going on as per the set rules.

1. Has the demolition work been planned properly along with buffer time?
It is advisable to check if your hired contractor has developed a plan instead of jumping into the job straightaway. The work plan should identify and assess hazards as well as control measures in order to address these hazards. This is especially helpful in averting tragedies associated with site demolition and also ensures timely delivery. Australian Standard 2601: The demolition of structures and Victoria’s Code of Practice for Demolition is the standard guidance for developing a demolition work plan.

2. Have all hazardous contaminants been identified?
It is the job of the demolition contractor to take into account and enlist all probably contaminants, be it in the building structure or be it in the surrounding soil. Only then can appropriate measures be adopted to safeguard the health of workers and all stakeholders against the ill effects. In so doing, bio hazards resulting from fungus growth should also be taken into account.

3. Has the building or structure been cleared of asbestos containing materials? Asbestos poisoning has been proven to have grave consequences and hence, it is an absolutely essential step.

4. Have all utilities services like electric power lines and cables, telecommunication lines, sewerage pipes, water and waste pipes, gas lines etc been identified?

5. The local fire brigade should be kept informed so that any tragedy resulting out of fire can be dealt with effectively and efficiently.

6. Are demolition tools and electrical tools being used safely? Negligence in this regard may even lead to loss of lives.

7. Is fall protection for workers being maintained properly?This is extremely important for all structures above 1st floor. There have been numerous recorded deaths of workmen where such precautionary safety measures were not being implemented.

8. Is the property fenced off properly so that there is no danger to public life?

9. Are all permissions for the disposal site in place?

One thing that should always be kept in mind is that site demolition is a dangerous and hazardous task. Hence, abiding by the suggested precautionary measures is mandatory Excavation services should be particularly careful about implementing the same and should never ignore the importance of earthworks in construction.