Demolition is the dismantling, razing, destroying or wrecking of any building or structure or any part thereof. Demolition work involves many of the hazards associated with construction. However, demolition involves additional hazards due to unknown factors which makes demolition work particularly dangerous. This course includes information on demolition safety and the elements of a demolition safety program, as detailed in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart T Demolition.
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From 2009 to 2013, OSHA issued nearly 1,000 citations for violations of OSHA's construction demolition standards.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in its ANSI A10.6-1983 - Safety Requirements For Demolition Operations states:
"No employee shall be permitted in any area that can be adversely affected when demolition operations are being performed. Only those employees necessary for the performance of the operations shall be permitted in these areas."
“Demolition workers face many hazards and their lives should not be sacrificed because of deliberate neglect of demolition fundamentals," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Employers must ensure that all workers involved in a demolition project are fully aware of hazards and safety precautions before work begins and as it progresses."
Demolition work involves many of the same hazards associated with construction work. However, demolition also poses additional hazards due to unknown factors such as: deviations from the structure's original design, approved or unapproved modifications that altered the original design, materials hidden within structural members, and unknown strengths or weaknesses of damaged materials.
To counter these unknowns, all personnel involved in a demolition project need to be fully aware of these types of hazards and the safety precautions available to control these hazards. This Safety & Health course includes information on demolition safety and the elements of a demolition safety program, as detailed in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart T – Demolition.
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1. 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart T – Demolition, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/demolition/index.html
2. Demolition, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demolition
3. Construction and Demolition Materials, Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved from: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/industrial/cd/
4. Construction and Demolition Waste Manual, City of New York City. Retrieved from: www.nyc.gov/html/ddc/downloads/pdf/waste.pdf
5. Construction, Demolition and Abatement, City of New York, Environmental Protection. Retrieved from: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/construction_demolition_abatement/index.shtml
6. Silica in Construction Training Kit, Washington State Dept of Labor and Industries. Retrieved from: http://www.lni.wa.gov/SAFETY/TRAININGPREVENTION/TRAININGKITS/SILICAINCONSTRUCTION/DEFAULT.ASP
7. A Guide to Working Safely with Silica, US Dept. of Labor, NIOSH. Retrieved from: http://www.msha.gov/S&HINFO/SILICO/SILICAX.pdf
8. “Crystalline Silica Exposure” – Health Hazard Information for Construction Employees, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3177-2002-English.html
9. Safety and Health Topics – Lead, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/lead/index.html
10. Safety and Health Topics – Asbestos, OSHA. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/index.html