Safe Demolition of Damaged Buildings

Published on 2015-05-07

Notice issued in public interest

Safety Concerns
1.       Be careful with the associate hazards (fire, electric shot circuit, falling objects etc)
2.       Use full Personal Protective Equipment (Hamlet, working gloves, dust mask, full sleeve clothes, hard toe shoes)
3.       Always work in pair (one to look for safety)
4.       Make sure the safety of bystanders, cordon the work area.
5.       If it is raining, you may need to take extra percussion for safety.
6.       It has not been long the main shock occurred, so there is still chance of aftershocks, be alert the damaged buildings may go collapsed! 
Important points while demolishing the structures
1.       Remove the unstable/hanging objects first
2.       Start removing objects from the top, not from the base.
3.       While removing the debris, be careful with the consequences
4.       If there are falling objects, maintain the certain distance from the building
5.       Stabilize with shoring temporarily for the heavy objects/components of the building, if they are beyond your capacity to demolish
6.       Keep hazardous materials separated from non-hazardous materials, and dispose of them separately.
7.       While working in medical buildings, be careful with medical wastes, radioactive materials, or other hazardous wastes.
8.       Recycling of demolition debris should be planned as an integral part of the demolition process.
9.       Hand salvaging can be an efficient method to dismantle structures rather than using heavy equipment to demolish them. Architectural fixtures, windows, doors, casings, banisters, and reusable lumber can be salvaged and either donated or sold to local businesses or organizations.
10.   During removal, debris must be adequately wet to prevent dust at all times; and transport trucks must be covered or enclosed.

- Prepared by NSET