Demolition: Construction in Reverse with Additional Hazards

Demolition

Demolition could be dangerous. The hazards of a construction site are well known with thousands of minor injuries, hundreds of serious injuries, and accidental death being a part of the process. The same is true for demolition; the deconstruction of buildings. 

Although it is easier to demolish than construct, the injuries and fatalities that occur on demolition sites can be greatly reduced with the proper planning, training, protective equipment, and compliance with standards set by OSHA. 

The Hazards of Demolition

Demolition involves the same basic hazards as construction with additional factors that make it, in some ways, even more dangerous. These can include things such as:

  • Hidden Hazardous Materials: Asbestos, Heavy Metals, Lead, and more 
  • Unknown Changes or Modifications to the Building Structure 
  • Weaknesses in Construction Materials
  • Hazards of the Methods Used in Demolition 

To ensure maximum safety for all who are involved in demolition efforts, care must be taken right from the start. Helpful actions that can aid in this include:

  • Planning: This begins with a full survey and inspection of the building about to be demolished by a trained, qualified specialist. 
  • Locating Utilities: All nearby utilities need to be located and accounted for in the demolition process. 
  • Safety Protocols: This includes prevention of fire, having first aid and emergency services close by, and an evacuation plan in case the structure is about to collapse. 

All of this must take place before the demolition work begins. It is this type of preparation that can prevent injuries and save lives. 

Protection

All personnel on the demolition site should wear the proper personal protective equipment or PPE. These include:

  • Head, eyes, face, ears, hands, and feet protection
  • Respiratory Equipment
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems or PFAS
  • Proper Protective Equipment for specialized jobs, such as welding 

Wearing the proper protective gear can help prevent injuries and even save lives. When combined with the right training, this can only improve the safety conditions on-site. 

Of course, accidents can happen even on the safest and most secure demolition sites. So, proper training on how to deal with injuries and having emergency services easily accessible will also help ensure safety. Following OSHA guidelines also assists in protecting employees on the demolition site. This provides guidance in recognizing potentially hazardous conditions and avoiding and removing them from the property. 

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

Brickley Environmental is the one to call to conduct a safe, secure demolition. With over 30 years of experience in the Southern California area,  Brickley Environmental follows all safety protocols,  OSHA regulations,  and engages in the proper planning to ensure that all areas are covered for your demolition project. Call us today to discuss your needs.

For more information, visit OSHA’s website

 

Top 5 Demolitions of 2017

Demolitions and related subjects, such as illegal dumping, was a big part of the news for 2017. It was quite a year in terms of the wide variety of news that is related to the demolition industry. Here are the top five stories about demolitions and related subjects that occurred in 2017.

Drop Hammer

In Finland, a bridge that was built in 1977 was demolished by a device known as a drop hammer. The hammer itself weighs nine tons in total and has a four-ton bullet that smashes structures, like bridges, with great efficiency. The impact from the drop hammer loosens the concrete from the rebar, making it easier to crush the remaining material.

Erith Contractors Recognized

For the 2017 National Grid Property Awards, Erith Contractors made the short list that provides recognition for outstanding service in the demolition industry. The nominations for the company were extensive and included the following categories;

  • Best Stakeholder Engagement
  • Best Large and Small Project Delivery
  • Best Project Documentation
  • Most Considerate Projects
  • Best SHE Leadership

Illegal Dumping

Barry Kilroe, a director of a waste management company, illegally dumped about 75,000 tons of waste and has been jailed for 15 months. His actions were discovered after one of the largest investigations in the history of the UK’s Environmental Agency. Kilroe was the director of KDC Contractors, and he illegally dumped the waste.

Car Park Demolition

A car park located in Edinburgh, Scotland, partially collapsed before a full demolition could take place. The area, which will be the site of the St. James’ Centre, has been fully addressed by the demolition company. The good news was that the collapse did not cause any injuries or deaths due to the large exclusion zone set up by the contractor. The collapse served as a reminder of not only the dangers inherent in the demolition of large structures, but also how responsible demolition companies can prevent disaster because of their safety procedures.

Arson

AR Demolition was subject to an arson attack in 2017, causing considerable damage to their equipment. This follows a previous arson attack in 2015, which also caused damage to the equipment the company uses. The fire damage to the vehicles and equipment was considerable and AR Demolition is responding by increasing their security measures.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help You

If you are looking for demolition services, then Brickley Environmental is here for you. We offer the best in demolitions and the removal of hazardous waste and asbestos, along with mold and lead abatement. We are specialists with many years of experience in cleaning up contaminated properties.

The Dangers of DIY Renovations

It’s not surprising that renovations have become quite common in recent years, given the changes both in the home and in businesses trying to get the most out of their properties. However, there are plenty of dangers involved in the renovation process, so homeowners need to be careful when making changes to their residences.

Here are some of the more common dangers that you may face when renovating your property. By taking the right precautions, you can minimize the chances for injury and complete the renovation in a proper manner which gets you the results you desire.

Using the Wrong Equipment

The Proper Protective Equipment (PPE) can save you from injury and in some cases, save your life as well. Things like working gloves and safety goggles are often ignored by homeowners, in most cases, because they are only doing one job for a short time. However, all it takes is one mistake. So, be sure you are using the proper safety items to keep you safe.

Not Receiving Proper Training

Most people do not receive the proper training to operate power tools which might prevent them from getting injured. Getting trained has been shown to significantly reduce any accidents from occurring.

Not Using Hand Protection

Many hand injuries occur when they get too close to moving blades or similar hazards. Always keep your hands in sight and know where they are in relation to potential dangers. It also helps to wear gloves when possible to avoid scrapes, cuts, and bruises.

Being in a Hurry

If you do not take the time to do the job right, you are asking to get injured. Being in a hurry, rushing through the work, or letting your emotions get the better of you causes mistakes to happen which may lead to injury or worse. By calming down, doing one thing at a time, and being mindful of the right safety procedures, you can minimize the chances of an injury occurring.

Removing Protections from Tools and Equipment

There is a good reason why power tools, particularly saws, have safety guards on them. Yet there are many homeowners who remove such protections for reasons such as convenience which leads to injury. The guard you remove puts your hands closer to the blades which means you increase the chances of getting injured.

Brickley Environmental Is Here for You

If you are considering renovations to your property, contact the experts at Brickley Environmental. We offer years of experience in renovations, demolitions, and the removal of asbestos, hazardous waste, mold, and lead abatement. We are the specialists that offer our knowledge, experience, and equipment to ensure that your renovation efforts go as smoothly as possible.

What You Need to Know About Interior Strip-Outs

This article is part of our “Need to Know” series. Check out more articles explaining the basics of environmental dangers and remediation here

For businesses that need more space for offices, buildings, or facilities, it can be an expensive proposition to buy or rent new space. However, thanks to interior strip-outs, businesses can redesign the space they have for maximum efficiency. This form of demolition allows for new walls, flooring, and ceilings to be put in so that the interior space is better used.

What is an Interior Strip-Out?  

An interior strip-out is a demolition of the interior of a building, taking out all structures save for the supporting columns. This means that everything inside the building is stripped down to its essential supports so that it can be redesigned to create new space for offices, working areas, and other types of rooms. The strip-out is a complete process which means that all items that need to be saved will have to be removed first.

The work of an interior strip-out begins long before that process starts, however, as a new floor design will have to be created. This means that businesses that want to change their interior space will need to know what they want the space to look like afterwards, before starting the strip-out process.

How Interior Strip-Outs Works

You will want to have your new interior design in place along with the materials and company performing the rebuild before the interior strip-out process begins. Once that is in-place, the demolition company will provide an estimated time for removal.

All items that are to be saved are removed first and stored. All remaining items are then removed by the demolition company. Once everything that isn’t nailed down is taken away, the interior strip-out process begins. It starts by removing all non-supporting structures inside the building. This means that the walls, ceiling, and flooring may be removed in total, leaving only the supporting structures behind, which are usually columns that hold the building intact.

All debris is placed into dumpsters that are removed from the premises. Once the demolition process is complete, the area is cleaned and prepared for the new flooring, walls, and ceiling to be put into place.

How Brickley Environmental Works for You

With Brickley Environmental, you can have a proper demolition of the interior so that new spaces can be created. With years of experienced, Brickley Environmental offers the best in demolition services, including removal of all unwanted materials so that a new interior design can be built inside virtually any existing structure.

We offer many demolition and removal services. Our interior strip-out process is one of the most popular, providing you with a new space to redesign the working areas inside your business. We pride ourselves in being prompt, complete, and thorough in our approach to stripping out the inside of buildings in a manner that makes it easy for the new structures to be created.

If you are considering an interior strip-out, call Brickley Environmental. We are properly licensed, insured, and provide you with the best interior strip-out services.

Demolition 101

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Most people are familiar with the spectacular destruction of buildings using explosives. However, the truth is that most demolition projects are performed step-by-step using cranes, loaders, wrecking balls, and hydraulic equipment. While explosives may be used from time to time, in most cases demolitions are performed with equipment designed to tear down buildings and structures.

The process itself starts with clearing the site of all removable objects (dismantlement), proper site clearance, and remediation of the environment. This means that anything which can be removed without causing the integrity of the building to be compromised is taken out. Once that occurs, the building is then taken down and the material removed from the property.

Types of Demolition

Interior: This is when the inside of the building has all materials removed, save for the structural elements, in preparation for remodeling or upgrading. What is left is the ceilings, walls, flooring, and some utility services that will be salvaged.

Industrial: This is the demolition of facilities that produce products, such as manufacturing, chemicals, oils, and similar goods. It usually involves proper remediation of hazardous substances which may have contaminated the area.

Explosive: Usually reserved for larger structures, this type requires specialized skills, knowledge, and experience. Extensive site planning, preparation, and clearance is performed so that the explosives used will bring down the structure quickly and efficiently.

Demolition vs. Deconstruction

These are two similar forms of taking apart existing structures, but there is one substantial difference: deconstruction is far more labor-intensive than demolition. In deconstruction, there is far more emphasis on preserving the materials from the structure for their resale, reuse, or recycling value. Deconstruction is often performed by hand, meaning less equipment is used and there is considerable sorting so that all valuable materials are preserved.

Valuable Material

Most demolitions projects result in 90% of valuable removed material being reused, salvaged, or recycled. Some of the material that is considered valuable enough for resale purposes includes:

  • Brick, porcelain, concrete, and other aggregate materials
  • Steel, iron, brass, bronze, iron, and other metals
  • Ceiling tiles, flooring, carpets, wiring, and conduits
  • Roofing, soils, wood, plasterboard, and more

Any materials deemed unusable will be properly disposed in a way that follows all laws, rules, and regulations of the industry.

At Brickley Environmental, we provide demolition services following all laws and regulations so that it is performed properly. Please call our friendly, courteous staff and we will explain our services, answer your questions, and provide the right demolition services for your needs.