It doesn’t take an industry expert to tell you demolition is risky business. There’s heavy equipment smashing and crushing, big trucks coming in and out, and things that go boom from time to time. All this hustle and bustle needs to be managed in order to prevent a serious accident. Proper job site risk management can be broken down into three sections: identification, assessment, and control. Identification You can’t know what you don’t know. So, the first step is to do a thorough walkthrough and identify every possible risk on the project. This kind of work requires a seasoned veteran who can spot a loitering problem from a mile away. Common problems we look for are:
- Proximity of the structure to other structures
- Falls from one level to another
- Unplanned structure collapse
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Falling objects
- Noise from explosives used in demolition work
Assessment Now that all the problems have been brought to light, we dissect each one and determine the best way to manage it. This is a vital step the demolition planning process. We consider when the problem might affect the project, which crew member should be assigned to each problem, and the physical location of the problem within the structure. Control Finally, we use a system called hierarchy of control to determine which problems are the highest level of concern. From there we can isolate the risks and make sure they don’t cause any issues during demolition. One of the most important parts of risk control is communication. Letting everyone who will be on the job site know what the risks are and where they are is the best defense against job site accidents. Managing risk is one of the most important things we do. It keeps projects on schedule and crew members safe. At DT Specialized, we take safety seriously and will do whatever it takes to ensure every risk is managed properly.