If you have some planned demolition coming up then you will want to prepare well for this. If it is a small job then you may be able to manage things yourself, but for any large demolition projects you are going to need the help of the experts. For some demolitions you may actually require a full team of experts to plan and direct the proceedings. Remember that we are often involved with some destructive forces when doing this type of work and this means that there is always the risk of injury.
Some Things to Consider When Conducting Demolition
Here are just some of the things you will want to consider when dealing with demolitions.
- Different types of projects will require different methods of demolition and we need to choose the right one that will best suit on each occasion. For small structures like chimneys a physical demolition may appropriate but the use of machinery is often advisable. For larger project explosives may be required, or if that is not appropriate then a good choice can be chemical demolition.
- According to the Health and Safety Executives in the UK it is required that all buildings older than a decade should be presumed to contain asbestos. This means that a full access (type 3) asbestos survey will be required by law before the work is commenced. It will also be the responsibility of those performing the demolition to ensure that no asbestos fibres become airborne where they can damage the health of people in the locaility. These regulations are taking very seriously because of the real risks that asbestos can create.
- Chemical demolition is becoming a popular choice because it combats a lot of the problems associated with using explosives. When we use chemicals there is no loud explosion and it is much easier to manage the debris. The chemical comes as powder but it expands when water is added; it can work remarkably well when used for demolition.
- The number one priority when it comes to this type of work is safety, and everything that can be done should be done to reduce risks. Luckily we do have the technology and knowhow to ensure that almost all demolitions can occur effectively and safely.
- The most important aspect of preparing for a demolition is planning carefully. It is when this stage is rushed or not done using the right people that problems often start. Remember that any demolition team will only be as strong as its weakest link.
Some Final Thoughts on Demolition
Demolition is requirement in today's world; as new buildings go up old buildings go down. This can be a very destructive type of job and it is important that we are able to do the task without putting lives in danger. Luckily we have the technology and skilled people to ensure that in most instances this work will be carried out safely and effectively. The most important thing with this type of work is getting the planning stage right.