Before work starts
- Ensure you have been briefed and know exactly what you should be doing.
- Make sure you follow the method statement and work as planned.
- Ensure you know where demolition plant will be operating.
- Plant used for demolition must have protected cabs.
- Don’t enter a building if it appears to be unsafe.
- Find out from your supervisor if there are any live services.
- Find out if there are any hazardous materials in the structure, e.g. acids from industrial processes, asbestos from pipe lagging or biological hazards from old hospitals.
- Don’t overload floors with materials, they will collapse
- Don’t demolish walls and floors adjacent to other workers
- Damp down to reduce dust. Face fitted FFP£ face masks must be worn when disturbing silica (stone and Concrete) dusts
- Keep noise to a minimum
- Signalers must be provided where machines are used adjacent to other workers or the public
- Consider safe manual handling techniques
- Many demolition accidents happen because materials haven’t been moved so work in a tidy manner at all times
During the demolition
- Demolition must be supervised by a competent person.
- Think about what may happen when the item you are working on is removed and highlight any concerns to your supervisor.
- Ensure you wear your personal protective equipment.
- Respirators are required in dusty conditions.
- Work from correctly erected scaffold platforms or towers and hydraulic or crane-handled work baskets.
- When cutting steel, secure gas bottles, use flashback arresters: store spare bottles in compounds; take care with hoses and provide a means of putting out fires.
- Before burning rubbish on site, check that it’s permitted.
- Replace damaged sheeting or hoardings designed to protect other workers or the public.