When renovating, remodeling or rebuilding, the demolition phase is often one of the last things that comes to mind. This is unfortunate because there are many factors to consider when demolishing a structure. Both safety and costs can become major issues if they are not taken seriously. Whether you’re working on a DIY project or hiring a demolition contractor, you should be sure that you have taken the appropriate measures towards success.
Risks of Performing a Demolition Project
As mentioned above, there is a lot of planning and many things to consider when looking to perform any sort of construction or demolition related project. With this planning, it is important to consider the risks involved with, especially if you are planning to do-it-yourself.
Injury – Unfortunately, injuries happen. However, injuries can be prevented through appropriate planning and preparation. Injuries put a major burden on a project. Beyond the obvious, injuries can also put financial strain on a project by slowing down production.
Damage – When equipment is misused or not maintained properly, it can result in major setbacks. Machines and equipment can breakdown or experience damage if they are not cared for properly. Ensuring operators can use the equipment and care for it will help to reduce costs of broken down equipment and limit lost time during repairs.
Construction and Demolition Tips for Your Next Project:
Protection – As with any construction project or activity involving large equipment or power tools, safety gear should always be worn. Safety glasses, hard hats, steel toed work boots, heavy duty gloves are all essentials when performing construction related tasks. Proper breathing equipment may be necessary if you are dealing with materials that are potentially harmful when ingested. Some tasks may also require you to wear equipment that prevent contact with the skin.
Disposal of Materials – Many people begin projects without knowing what to do with or where to dispose of materials. Understanding how construction waste disposal differs from residential is incredibly important and can save you time and money. It is also important to know what materials can and cannot be recycled. Reducing the amount of materials that end up in landfills has become a mission for many contractors. For help understanding how construction waste and recycling works, contact Omar’s Environmental.
Physical Capability – Many workplace injuries take place because of overexertion when employees overestimate their strength. It is important to be humble and respect the dangers that exist. Attempting to lift or carry something that is too heavy or awkward can result in serious accidents. Similarly, it is important to know whether you are physically capable of operating large equipment or heavy machinery.
Certifications & Permissions – Many construction related projects will require some form of permission. Prior to starting a project, permission must be granted, and permits must be displayed. Without the appropriate permission, you could potentially receive a fine or have your project shut down by authorities. It may also be necessary to have personal certification in certain areas to perform the tasks required to complete your project. For more information about residential demolition permits, click here.
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