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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.

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Safety Precautions Necessary for a Successful Demolition

by Regina Barnett

Contrary to what many believe, demolition involves more than just tearing down buildings. Sure, some blowing up to be expected and heavy construction equipment is always on standby. Demolition, however, is still a meticulous engineering process for the safe removal of various structures. Each demolition requires skill and precision, and it is for this reason specialised demolition contractors are always on-site whenever there is a structure to bring down.

The use of explosives and heavy construction equipment in these demolitions ensures that the jobs only last a very short time. Yet, their use makes demolition sites to be among the most dangerous working environments for anyone. Safety is a crucial concern, and for a demolition job to run smoothly, some precautions you need to take include;

Proper Planning

It might sound easy enough, but every demolition requires several weeks of planning before execution. Demolition contractors need to account for any possible occurrence and be ready for it. For instance, electrical wiring and plumbing need to be disconnected entirely before bringing down a building. This would help avoid chaos during actual demolition day from potential fires and electrocution risks.

Consider the Location

During the planning, the demolition crew also needs to consider the project's location. If the building is in a densely populated area, then explosives would be a poor choice. Instead, progressive building implosions would be a better choice. A wrecking ball would handle such a task perfectly.

Adhere to Safety Regulations

There are numerous laws in existence, and applicable within Australian borders meant to promote safety in the workplace. All the same, the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) was passed to help align the different safety laws each state had. Under the act, a person intending to carry out a demolition must give a written notice to" SafeWork," at least five days before demolition day.

You'll also need to convince "SafeWork" representatives that you have done an adequate risk assessment when the work involves explosives or asbestos. Expect in-depth scrutiny of your demolition plan before final approval and commencement of the project.

Set up Fire Prevention Measures

Demolition projects are often a fire hazard. Regardless of the amount of prior planning, should you be using explosives, fire safety should be a top priority. To this end, assign fire safety roles to some personnel around the demolition site. Have essential contacts, including that of the fire station and police, nearby just in case.

It's true that a lot could go wrong during a specific demolition job. You should not be put off by this fact though, with adequate planning and adherence to safety rules, you will find the project running smoothly from beginning to end. Hiring a professional demolition crew will, as well, help you jump all the hoops around conducting a successful demolition.  

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