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PPE in demolition work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has emphasised the importance of wearing safety gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in demolition work. Injuries are common in the industry, which is one of the UK’s more dangerous sectors.

An HSE spokesperson said “Demolition activities need to be planned, supervised and monitored rigorously” The comments came after a West Yorkshire worker sustained injuries after cutting into a gas metal pipe that then ignited, causing some damage to his face.

The spokesperson indicated that the injuries to the person could have been considerably worse if he had not been wearing appropriate protective equipment to shield his hands and eyes.

The case highlights the importance of wearing appropriate PPE in demolition work.

HSE guidance

The HSE warns that companies should take a systematic, thorough approach to planning any demolition projects, ensuring that structural engineers check any nearby structures will not be damaged by a blast. Risks from hazardous materials should also be taken into account.

All first line supervisors should carry out daily briefings of their operatives prior to the start of work on the tasks to be undertaken, location, equipment, materials, PPE and safety considerations.

Before any operative commences on site, they must receive an induction talk which provides the attendees with specific information i.e. site rules, emergency procedures, fire precautions, training required, first aid and welfare facilities, use of PPE, site specific hazards, permit systems, etc.

Health and safety audits should be periodically organised to introduce workers to site. Safety leaflets and posters distributed to workers after every audit in order to increase safety awareness

Demolition: What you need to do

Health and safety in refurbishment involving demolition and structural instability

Health and safety in the construction industry

Construction: Personal Protective Equipment

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Demolition Services in the UK and Europe

C&D Consultancy

C&D Consultancy are involved, as advisers, with the demolition of many structures and buildings throughout Europe and we have a great deal of experience within the team on demolition projects of all types.

We have, over the last few years, been involved as demolition consultants, CDM co-ordinators, or demolition advisers on well over 400 projects ranging from 30 storey tower blocks by explosive demolition, tower block by top down and high reach demolition, industrial demolition, inner city demolition, oil rig and offshore work in the UK and Europe, and many other smaller projects.

CDM 2007 states that all demolition should be planned and C&D can assist in that planning from initial studies to completion.

When we set up our website we saw it as a means of bringing information to the web about demolition in general as well as the work that we undertake and you will, therefore, find links to other demolition related websites, news feeds and legislation to try to answer any questions that you have about demolition and dismantling.

The new CDM Regulations are actively encouraging us all to become more competent in our work and the best way to ensure competence is to undergo training in demolition, so why not take a look at our training site to view courses on offer that are demolition orientated.

And finally take a look at the “When demolition goes wrong” section where you will find videos and news of demolition around the world when it didn’t go according to plan! I am pleased to say that C&D Consultancy were not involved in any of the projects in this section!

Demolition has been around since at least 1451BC when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down by the use of controlled demolition by animal horns!

Things have moved on a little since then as the demolition industry now carries out controlled demolition and dismantling by many means, including explosives, high reach machines, robotics, microwave and laser techniques on all types of structures.

Blow Down Compilation from John Woodward on Vimeo

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