3 Factors To Use When Assessing Demolition Contractors

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The process of selecting an effective and qualified demolition contractor can be difficult if you don't know what to look for and where to start. This process extends far beyond accepting bids and choosing the lowest one. Instead, you'll need to fully vet the contractors in question in order to ensure they're capable of handling the size and scope of the project and have experience completing similar projects safely and compliantly. Here are a few of the EPA's suggestions for factors that should weigh on your decision to hire a demolition contractor.

  • Experience
It's important that the contractor you select has a certain amount of experience. Having a proven track record of successful demolition projects is a good start, but there are additional concerns. Start with narrowing their experience to only those projects that are similar to the work you're hiring for. Contact references that have hired them to do that work. Verify that the contractor holds the appropriate licensure and certifications for the work and that employees are suitably trained and educated. If your project has additional complications involving local conditions, materials, or requirements, be sure the contractor you hire has experience working with and past them. It's also a good idea to ask those they've worked with previously how they've reacted to issues and complaints. Few demolition jobs are perfect and completed without obstacles. Knowing your contractor is able to acceptably respond to other business owners and the public is important.
  • Compliance
In addition to checking references a demolition contractor has worked with previously, you'll want to check with local agencies. The agencies responsible for regulating pollution control, worker safety and any that would license or accredit workers for similar projects should be consulted. They'll be able to tell you if a contractor has been warned or cited for any violations related to health, safety and environmental issues.
  • Conflict of interest
Whether potential or actual, conflicts of interest can significantly interfere with your demolition contractor's ability to perform the work assigned. For example, the contractor hired to to assess environmental issues should be different than the contractor hired to perform the remediation or abatement work. Put simply, contractors who assess the project shouldn't stand to benefit financially from their assessment and the work done connected to it. This ensures the assessment is done fairly and properly.By carefully considering these factors, you ensure that the demolition contractor you ultimately choose is qualified and able to perform the duties required of them.To find out our capabilities at Demolition Technologies, we invite you to browse through this website and contact us at 918-379-0966.