Thorough preparation is key to safe demolition. Failing to ready the site for the job can lead to all sorts of calamities, from damage to unrelated property to serious injury or even death. For this reason, it’s important to hire a seasoned company like Armstrong Contractors to do the work. We have the equipment and experience to handle the job safely and affordably.
Here’s a glimpse into our demolition process, so you can understand why Armstrong Contractors is the right choice for your next demolition project. As this is only a brief introduction to our demolition work, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more in-depth information.
Check and Disconnect the Utilities
Make sure all gas, water, steam, sewer, electric, and telephone connections to the site are terminated. If there are any essential power lines or other utility equipment on the site, then remove these items before beginning demolition. Check pipes, storage tanks, and similar equipment for the presence of gases, flammable liquids, toxic materials, and other potential hazards. Purge the area of these dangers before progressing.
Reinforce the Structure
Brace the floors and walls of the structure as needed to protect employees. Make sure workers have all required personal protective equipment to perform the job safely. Inspect passageways such as stairs and crawlspaces. Illuminate stairwells for worker safety. Remove any ornamental stonework from the roof and exterior walls.
Work from the Top Down
Begin the demolition process at the top of the building and work down to the floor and/or basement level. Make sure workers have access to scaffolding, ladders, and other equipment needed to access hard-to-reach areas. Make sure workers are clear of any area in which a demolition ball will be used. It’s also important to ensure the ball does not exceed the crane’s load rating. We’ll use enclosed chutes, as needed, to ensure waste material falls into the ground or into suitable debris containers.
Inspectors should go through the building during the demolition process to look for weakened floors or walls. Should an inspector find these problems, the area should be cleared until shoring or bracing is installed. Superintendent should monitor local weather conditions. Demolition activities should be postponed in the case of prolonged rains, frozen precipitation, or similar hazards, especially if workers will be exposed to the outdoors while demolishing the structure.
As you can see, construction demolition is a specialized job that calls for a company with the right equipment and experience. That’s where Armstrong Contractors comes into the picture. Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.