Any demo job will inherently involve large objects falling over, heavy equipment breaking things, or large explosions. With all this commotion, safety must be the first thought, not an afterthought. Careful safety planning needs to happen before an excavator ever rolls onto a job site. Most safety procedures don’t take a lot of resources to implement, but they can have a huge impact on job site safety. To keep things safe, here are five easy steps to take on every demolition job site.
- Training- The first, and arguably the most important, safety step for any demolition company can take is proper training for every employee. Crew members need to know the right way to use equipment and tools to prevent accidents. Contrary to popular opinion, demolition requires a highly skilled labor force, and at DT Specialized we take training seriously.
- PPE- It’s one of the most basic protections against accidents, but it’s also incredibly effective. Steel toe boots, hard hats, reflective safety vests, safety glasses, and earplugs, are all part of standard personal protective equipment (PPE). At any moment, PPE can be the difference between a major accident and an avoided accident.
- Bracing- If the structure as fallen into disarray, bracing for the ceiling and walls will be needed while inspections are being done. This prevents the risk of a falling wall and collapsing ceiling.
- Final Check- Before demolition begins, do a final walk-through and make sure no one is still in the structure. Go through every room and then give the all clear for demo to begin. It’s important that the entire crew is standing a safe distance away from the action. You’ll also need to run some security efforts to make sure no unauthorized stowaways are lurking in the building.
- Clean Up- The clean up process is actually very dangerous. Big trucks are driving in and out, excavators are lifting massive loads, and boots are on the ground. This kind of operation requires a lot of supervision and coordination. Everyone needs to know where they should and shouldn’t be and what everyone else is doing.