Demolition and Clean-Up

Demolition and Clean-Up

Demolition is the tearing down of any kind of structure. It often involves preserving valuable materials for recycling (i.e. copper wiring). Any demolition job must be inspected and planned prior to demolition and demolition clean-up. The plan must consider any hazards to workers, close properties, and work process management for demolition and clean-up. Hazards must be identified and safety precautions considered. Prior to demolition the site must be inspected and all reusable materials and unsafe materials must be removed. Required PPE must be prepared for cleanup before and after mechanical demolition. The company must make sure all precautions have been taken to maintain the safety of all involved people and the public from falling objects, dust, noise, fire/explosion, heavy machinery movement, and unexpected structure collapse. OSHA construction standards require that all employees are trained for construction demolition and clean-up tasks.

  1. Common Hazards of Demolition Clean-Up:
  • Heat stress
  • Fall hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Cave-ins
  • Noise
  • Handheld tools and demolition related hazards
  • Chemical hazards from contaminated buildings
  • Weather conditions
  • Demolition waste and dust
  1. Demolition Clean-Up Safety Practices:
  • Conduct an engineering survey of the structure for collapse possibility.
  • Identify presence of hazardous materials.
    • Handling of hazardous materials at a building must be included in the demolition work schedule.
    • Weak points of structure must be identified.
  • Safe entrance and fall protection must be considered.
  • Overhead shed protection must prevent employees from falling objects.
  • Workers must be away from the area when using cranes to remove debris. Only workers necessary on the job should be present.
  • All roof and ornamental stonework must be removed prior to demolition of the walls.
  • Inspection must be continued by a competent person during demolition.
  • All debris must be removed from demolished area.
  • All holes in the ground must filled.
  • All building materials, such as pipes, lumbers, etc., must be removed from property.
  • Employees must comply with the requirements of section 10-441.
  • Employees must use required PPE (hard hat, gloves, foot wear, respirator if is necessary).
  • All demolition clean-up employees must be trained according to OSHA requirements for demolition.