Demolition work is undoubtedly one of the most hazardous professions out there. It involves tearing down old, crumbling structures, dealing with falling debris, and handling dangerous materials.
These factors increase the risk of injury and even death among demolition workers. However, demolition work can still be done safely.
Your Employer Should Maintain a Clean Job Site
Keeping the job site clean is the first step in ensuring a safe work environment. In short, your employer should remove any hazards that could cause slips, trips, or falls, such as loose wires, nails, or planks. Also, store away all equipment and tools that you’re not using. That way, you’ll have clear pathways, and it will be easy for you and your colleagues to move from one point of the site to another without tripping or falling.
Your Employer Should Ensure that Utilities are Shut Off
Before you start the demolition, ensure all utilities are shut off. This includes gas, electricity, and water. Failing to do so can lead to electrocution, gas leaks, or flooding.
It’s also crucial for your employer to have a plan in place for any potential emergencies that may arise during the demolition.
Building Collapse Saftey
Make sure that any debris or materials falling from the building won’t harm anyone working below. The area below must be clear of any obstructions, and workers must wear proper protective gear. Additionally, always work with a partner to avoid accidents and increase efficiency.
Asbestos is a common material found in older buildings, and it can cause severe respiratory problems if inhaled. Before demolition begins, a responsible employer should have the building checked for asbestos. If it’s found, follow the proper procedures to remove it and proceed with demolition.
Blocked Walkways and Exits
It’s crucial to ensure that all stairwells, hallways, and entrances are clear of debris and that workers can move freely around the site. Use caution tape or barriers to mark off areas that are unsafe to enter.
Injured Working at an Unsafe Demolition Site
If you’re hurt at work, contact the attorneys at The Law Office of James. M. Hoffman to help you. From filing all the paperwork within the required timeline to ensuring that you comply with your doctor’s instructions and treatment, we’ll work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.