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

 

COVID-19 Induced Waste Scenario

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will go down as one of the most disruptive events in modern history. Of all the conditions that have affected the world due to the pandemic, one thing that is causing a growing concern is the increase in waste volume. The increase in the volume of waste products has caused considerable concern that the virus may spread faster than ever before. 

Increase in COVID-19 Waste Product

Waste processing systems around the world are predicated on the movement and location of people. Before the days of extended lockdowns, many people during the day are at work, school, or outside the home. This means that the waste product they generate is handled by different systems. 

But more importantly, the amount of waste from residential locations has placed a large burden on waste collection and processing facilities. This is not only about human waste, but the one-time use products used to help keep the spread of the virus in check. 

Such products are now filling up landfills and overwhelming processing centers which puts the surrounding environment in danger of leakage. This means that even if the virus is not spread due to the increase is waste products, the environment may be in danger because facilities have become overwhelmed. 

Environmental Impact

In most developed countries, the increase in waste product does not strain the system. This issue is mostly for less developed countries that do not have an adequate waste collection and processing system. 

However, there are local areas even in developed countries such as the US that may be impacted if a combination of events occurs at the same time. For example, a hurricane or major storm combined with power outages and temporary reduction of services may create an overload to the system. 

While such situations may seem rare, they can happen in areas which may already be close to capacity. States with large homes populations for example are more vulnerable to the environmental impact of reduced waste management processes. 

For business owners who may have issues with their own waste collection and processing systems, there is a company that can help. 

Call Brickley Environmental

If you have concerns about the increase in potentially hazardous waste material due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to identify any increase in waste product due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For companies or areas that are seeing an increase in waste production or have concerns about the spreading of COVID-19, then Brickley Environmental may have the answer. Call today and find out more about how such waste material may be identified and checked for the presence of the virus. 

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Paint Over the Danger of Lead

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Paint Over the Danger of Lead

Lead was present in paint prior to 1978. It provided strength and durability, but it also created a serious health risk to those living inside the home, particularly children. Lead has not been included in paint for over four decades. There are still thousands of homes that have lead paint inside. 

The lead paint may be under layers of newer paint that keep the exposure to a minimum. Renovation projects may uncover the paint and cause the lead to enter the atmosphere. Studies have shown that upwards of 30% of lead poisoning cases in children were caused when the old lead paint was exposed due to renovation. This means that testing for lead becomes paramount before any work is done on the property. 

Not Testing for the Presence of Lead

Many government officials including health, building, and fire safety inspectors have little to no training when it comes to lead poisoning despite the health risks. This is partly due to the slow, long-term effects of lead that often go unnoticed for months, if not years. Children who are most vulnerable may not show signs of lead poisoning until considerable damage has been done to their brain and nervous systems. 

The lack of action may be due in large part to not wanting to believe that lead is present. The presence of lead may go undetected for many years. Testing is relatively inexpensive, but the removal of the lead may cost a considerable amount. 

Test for Lead Paint

If your home, office, or facility was built before 1978, there is a good possibility that it has lead paint present. You should test for the presence of lead paint. Even if you are not planning a renovation, you may want to test for the presence of lead just in case. 

If you believe that lead may be present in your home, do not attempt to remove it by yourself. Instead, call the experts who have years of experience in identifying and removing lead from properties just like yours. Brickley Environmental is here to help. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental? 

Brickley Environmental will test for the presence of lead and initiate removal procedures to ensure that it is gone from your home or building. Do not wait, call Brickley Environmental today and let their experts inspect and remove the lead from your property. 

Please call your doctor or visit the CDC’s website for more information if you believe you may have been exposed to lead or have lead poisoning.

For more information on how Brickley Environmental can help, check out our Services page!

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.