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Avoid fatalities on your demolition site with these 5 vital requirements

by , 14 February 2016
Demolition work refers to wrecking, dismantling, breaking, pulling or knocking down a structure, or part of it, through manual labour, machinery or explosives.

From that very definition, it's overwhelmingly apparent that this is a VERY dangerous activity.

And so it's only logical to deduce that the room for unwanted accidents is a lot higher than any other activity on construction.

In actual fact, more incidents end in fatalities on construction sites than in any other activity or area on construction sites.

So take note of these 5 requirements for EVERY demolition site. And in so doing, avoid any fatalities from occurring, which could not only weigh heavily on your conscience, but it could also lead to massive fines and even closure!


You must keep the stability of parts of the structure you're retaining or which you haven't demolished yet.

Avoid making your employees work at heights by using mechanical means such as:

·         Heavy swinging balls;
·         Machine-mounted rock drills;
·         Specially-adapted excavators;
·         Pusher arms; and
·         Pulling the structure over by using wire-rope slings and explosives.

Where you can't avoid working at heights, provide working platforms that will withstand all the rigours of the work involved on them.

Design scaffolding and other support work to absorb the shock of any failing debris or bumping by machinery.

Remember that you'll be required to develop a fall-protection plan which shows the risks of working at heights.


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Prevent falling from heights by providing guard rails, fall-protection as well as fall-arrest systems and catch nets.


Prevent objects falling from heights by:

·         Using kick plates and nets on scaffolds;

·         Using nets anywhere else to prevent things from falling down;

·         Removing rubble through chutes or in special crane-slung buckets or cages. DON'T throw or seep it over the sides, as doing so could very easily lead to a fatal incident.

*Those were 5 requirements you should always implement on a demolition site. Use them and prevent a fatality from occurring on your construction site.

To learn more useful information on demolition work in construction, turn to chapter C12: Construction: Demolition in your Health and Safety Advisor, otherwise click here if you don't already have it and order yours today.

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