Demolition Health and Safety
The demolition or deconstruction of a building is among the most dangerous of activities that can take place on a construction site. The weight of all that material such as concrete, bricks, wood etc can easily crush anybody beneath causing serious injury or, more likely, instant death. This weight of material means there is often little margin for error when it comes to demolition, as one small miscalculation or mistake can result in disaster for those in the vicinity. This is not only limited to site workers directly involved in demolishing the structure, but also nearby members of the public who may be affected if, for example, the structure falls the wrong way when it is brought down using explosives.
Although the risk from falling building material or debris is one of the primary health and safety risks, it is by no means the only one. Other issues which need to be carefully considered include the potential danger to health from:
This gives a brief introduction to some of the numerous potential dangers to health that are present and need to be taken into consideration when a demolition is required. Specialist health and safety training courses are available for those who are responsible for managing the demolition process, and training should be given to those working on the site, including appropriate induction training which makes them aware of the various risks they may encounter. Workers should also be told about welfare and first aid provisions on site, and their responsibilities towards the environment and minimising their environmental impact.
Need an Accredited Course?
Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: