Some may say that demolition is the most exciting and quick phase of construction. But you do need to do it safely and with a sound technical assessment, regardless of what structure it is.
There are many factors to consider when dismantling, wrecking, or destroying buildings and structures, such as:
- Hidden structural materials that may need special handling—including asbestos, silica, lead, and other hazardous chemicals or substances
- Structural design variations
- Any form of approved or unapproved modification that changed the building’s original design
- Undetermined strength or weakness of post-tensioned concrete and other construction materials
- Hazards due to the corresponding demolition methods
Also, there are certain hazards that make this line of work particularly dangerous on its own. Some unpredictable factors include electrocution, toxic substances and fall hazards.
Don't get us wrong, demolition can be an adventure in itself, but just be careful when your in the demo process. It is important to stay safe, have a clear strategy, be aware of your surroundings, and of course, have fun out there!