Fire can damage a property beyond repair in a matter of minutes. Direct fire damage is not required to ruin a home or business. Heat from nearby flames and residual smoke damage can leave a property in a state where demolition is the only option.

Fire can leave behind harmful gasses, as well as expose potentially harmful air contaminants in your home or business. Fire-damaged materials should never be handled without the proper knowledge and safety equipment. Fire-damaged materials, as well as asbestos-containing materials, will require specific disposal processes and locations.

Do not attempt to remove your own fire-damaged materials or demolish your own fire-damaged property. Without the proper precautions and permits, your demolition projects can lead to serious injuries or fines. If your home or business has faced a serious fire, contact Bob Wallace Excavating today for professional fire demolition services.

Fire Damage Demolition Health & Safety Precautions

Fire Damage Demolition Project Controls

Several controls are outlined to ensure that the project goes smoothly. Adjacent properties will require inspection as well as local authorities and will be informed before the project can commence. Local building control counsels will also be notified. A detailed risk assessment report will be filed to outline any potential risks associated with the project. A scope of work will be outlined to showcase the specific stages of the project. Asbestos sample gathering and sample testing procedures will be completed. Existing environmental considerations about nearby properties, the site itself, local traffic systems, and all existing utility services will be taken into account as part of the project plan.

Fire Damage Demolition Process

The exposed materials, local community considerations, and more will dictate the specific processes around your fire damage demolition project. These are the 5 major steps that are followed during professional fire damage demolition projects:

  • Site Set Up: This is an in-depth step to any demolition process. The area must be restricted to unauthorised personnel, salvageable materials will be removed and an emergency fire rally point must be established. Finally, the driveways and the surrounding ground will be covered with plywood.
  • Material Removal: The fire-damaged materials must all be found, separated and removed.
  • Property Demolition: Once all fire-damaged materials have been removed, the remaining property can be fully demolished.
  • Material Disposal: All demolished materials, asbestos-containing materials and fire-damaged materials will be disposed of, off-site, in specified locations.
  • Site Clean Up: The site will be left in a clean and safe condition, ready for future uses.

Handling Demolition Materials

Even with the proper safety equipment, removing large objects or materials can cause serious physical injuries. Professionals aim to protect their knees and lower back by always remembering these three key considerations.

  • Think – Do you have to manually lift the materials or could a machine do the lifting for you? If materials must be moved by hand, ensure that gloves and steel toe boots are worn, as well as a plan regarding where you are taking material before lifting is established.
  • Prepare – Consider the route from your lift point to your disposal point. Make sure to remove tripping hazards, to find the ideal handholds and way to lift and to use a partner. Also, consider how to best set the materials down without damaging the drop site or your fingers.
  • Lift – Knees should be bent, your back should be straight and you should be close to the object before lifting so that your legs take the weight, not your lower back or hips. If the object is slipping, tell your workmate before it is dropped to ensure they are not injured by the sudden drop.

Noise Control

When large tools and machines are running, work sites will be loud, especially when the excavator is running, the machine will emit more than 80 decibels of sound, which requires ear protection. When a jackhammer is running, the sound emitted will be far above 85 decibels, thus creating an even more serious need for ear protection. Sounds causes vibrations in your ears and disregarding ear protection while encountering more than 85 decibels of sound-based vibrations will cause inner ear damage or even deafness.

Fire Damage Demolition Emergency Procedure

Emergency procedure plans are established to maintain a safe and professional work environment when a fire-damaged home or business is being demolished. When demolishing a severely fire-damaged property, new fires can be a large issue. Some aspects of a fire damage demolition emergency procedure plan are:

  • Working fire extinguishers are onsite at all times
  • An assembly or muster point is set
  • Air horns are on site in order to act as an alarm if a fire is noticed
  • Site managers will go over emergency processes before work begins
  • If an air horn is heard, professionals move immediately to the proposed muster point

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