Demolition Hazards


PLAN ahead to get the job done safely

Proper planning is essential to ensure a demolition operation is conducted with no accidents or injuries. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • An engineering survey completed by a competent person before any demolition work takes place. This should include the condition of the structure and the possibility of an unplanned collapse.
  • Locating, securing, and/or relocating any nearby utilities.
  • Fire prevention and evacuation plan.
  • First Aid and Emergency Medical Services.
  • An assessment of health hazards completed before any demolition work takes place.

PROVIDE the right protection and equipment

The employer must determine what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required.  In demolition operations, PPE may include:

  • Eye, face, head, hand, foot protection
  • Respiratory protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)
  • Other protective clothing (for example, cutting or welding operations)

It is not enough to provide PPE. Employees must be trained on the selection, use, fitting, inspection, maintenance, and storage of PPE.

TRAIN all employees about hazards and how to use the equipment safely

(Info extracted from data supplied by OSHA)

We have a demolition pack that contains Method statements and a Risk Assessment

The Risk Assessment covers in brief:-

Gas and Electric, Fencing and Signage, Working at Height (Falls), Slips and Trips, Road users and Pedestrians, General site hazards, Public entering site.

The Method Statements details information from fencing and signage to basic demolition sequence using 360 excavators and an example method statement for the removal of load bearing internal walls.

This Pack is available HERE