Whether you have purchased as investment and need to fix up or you are tearing down to rebuild, demolishing a building of any type can be a physically and financially overwhelming process. Not only will there be a great deal of physical work involved, but you will also need to ensure the demo is completed in the most efficient and safest manner possible. Here are a few tips to consider when it is time to start demolishing a commercial building.
Be Leery of Hazardous Materials
It is important to remember that even though they are not visible, certain hazardous materials and chemicals may be present in the building. Physical contact to these materials can be dangerous to your health and wellness. However, exposure to these materials and chemicals may also occur through the air, meaning you and others around you may breathe these hazards in, negatively affecting your respiratory system.
One of the most dangerous hazards you may be exposed to is asbestos. Found in many building and construction materials, asbestos may be used in insulation, paint, and roofing materials of the building you are tearing down.
On average, asbestos kills 12,000 to 15,000 people each year in the United States, so taking all precautionary measures when working in construction and demolition is imperative.
Before beginning the demo, make sure to have the building evaluated by a professional who specializes in asbestos inspections. This will not only confirm the possibility of asbestos but will also help you determine the correct process for asbestos removal before and during the demolition.
Know Risks and Protect from Injuries
Dangerous exposure to hazardous materials, such as asbestos, is not the only concern you should have when demolishing a commercial building. You also need to know the risk of possible injuries and learn ways to protect yourself and your workers from these accidents and injuries.
You may not think fall protection is important during the demo of a building. Unfortunately, you and your employees may fall from heights when on the roof or another level of the building in the early or middle stages of the demolition. A fall from the roof or another level of your building can be painful and debilitating, resulting in back, neck, or brain injuries.
In addition, minor slips and falls on the ground floor can also be problematic. You and your workers may experience back, neck, or even ankle sprains from a simple slip and fall. Use all precaution to prevent falls and other injuries. Make sure to wear rubber-soled footwear when working on the roof and around the building, since moisture and spills from different chemicals may be present.
All workers should wear protective gear, as well. Back braces are ideal for keeping the back, neck, and head aligned, which will reduce pressure and protect the back and neck from injuries.
While time may be of the essence, working at a slower pace can ensure you and your workers are safe during the demo of the building.
During both the construction and demolition of a building, a great deal of material is wasted. Lumbar, roofing shingles, insulation, drywall, cabinetry, flooring, plumbing fixtures, and even furniture will end up in the local landfills, causing pollution and wasting energy.
An estimated 548 million tons of debris is generated during construction and demolition, but 90 percent of the debris stems from demolition alone. By recycling all of the materials possible during the demo of the building, you can reduce waste in local landfills, stop further pollution, and help conserve energy.
Proper guidelines should be followed when demolishing buildings used for residential, commercial, or industrial needs. This guide will help you prepare and navigate the safe and efficient demo of a commercial building. To learn more, get in touch with a commercial demolition contractor.