3 Common Issues Related To On-Site Pollution

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A dedication to environmental stewardship and responsibility in demolition projects means that materials are responsibly handled, stored, transported and disposed of, and that a site is left in better condition after the job is finished than it was when the project began. At Demolition Technologies, we believe a focus on the environmental impact of our work is important and crucial to successful demolition projects. With that, however, comes pollution liability concerns. Accidents, poor planning and poor execution of phases of a project can expose the environment and the surrounding community to pollution. This can include the actual release of pollutants, or the violation of a law put in place to protect the environment or community. These pollution events can occur in a number of ways if a demolition recycling company isn't experienced or detailed in their planning. Here are three common pollution claims that stem from these contractors' mistakes.
  • Nuisances
A demolition job is naturally loud and disruptive for the surrounding community. A responsible demolition contractor will take the necessary precautions to minimize the disturbances and form a relationship with nearby residents and businesses. Failing to do so could result in a nuisance claim, which pertains to any situation that interferes with a property owner's enjoyment of their property. For demolition projects, this could include loud noises, noxious fumes, and dust creation, to name a few common issues. All of these can be considered pollution that negatively impacts nearby properties and need to be considered in the planning stages of a project.
  • Trespassing
In this case, trespassing doesn't necessarily refer to being on someone else's property unlawfully. Instead, it refers to allowing disruptive or objectionable materials on someone else's property. There is some overlap with the nuisance claim. For example, an excess of dust created by a demolition job could be a nuisance to nearby businesses, or it could be considered trespassing if the dust settles on the business's property and creates a problem. A trespassing claim can apply to any material, regardless of whether it is hazardous or not. Even clean water and soil can lead to a trespassing claim if they're dumped irresponsibly on someone else's property.
  • Contractual obligations
In this case, a business owner could incur a loss and be liable for injuries on the job site when they're due to the release of pollutants. This, again, stems from a lack of proper planning that results in improper safety procedures being in place during the handling of hazardous materials. A common example would be a worker who breathes a contaminant and is injured. In that case, liability could fall to the owner.Working with an inexperienced or irresponsible demolition contractor can lead to dangerous situations, sub-par quality of work and liability issues.Contact us at Demolition Technologies to learn about our proven processes and capabilities.