Demolition


Photo courtesy of OSHA. Proper planning is essential to ensure a demolition operation is conducted with no accidents or injuries

Proper planning is essential to ensure a demolition operation is conducted with no serious injuries or death.

Photo courtesy of OSHA.

Demolition work involves many of the same hazards associated with construction, such as flying or falling debris, heat illness, loud noises, moving equipment, and falls, but also includes

  • dangers due to weakened or newly exposed materials or structures;
  • hidden materials, such as lead, asbestos, silica, and chemicals;
  • stored energy that can be suddenly released from materials and structures, such as post-tensioned concrete; and
  • use of explosives.

Hazard such as these can lead to serious injuries or death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required accident prevention program (APP).

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