Demolition work is among the most difficult in the construction industry. It is also very dangerous. In a July 10th press release, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) officials cited three recent worker fatalities that occurred during a demolition project. That’s three too many.
In the same release, OSHA Chief Dr. David Michaels also announced that to help prevent these tragedies and save lives, OSHA has developed new educational resources and training for the construction demolition industry. The new information is now available on an updated website.
“Demolition workers face many hazards and their lives should not be sacrificed because of deliberate neglect of demolition fundamentals,” said Michaels, the United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “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.”
Our mission at the North America Heavy Equipment Training Services is similar to that of OSHA. Both organizations want to keep workers out of harm’s way and job sites safe and we have consistently cautioned that companies with poor training standards place heavy equipment operators in bad situations.
OSHA officials updated the web portal with new links and other information, and, laid out a guideline about how to organize a successful demolition project. One of the suggestions by OSHA officials on the web page was to make sure “To train all employees about hazards and how to use the equipment safely.”
Companies should take the advice of OSHA and provide the very best training available on every piece of equipment in use on a project. We believe that through our heavy equipment Trainer Toolkits, ADEPT certification, and customizable training programs, we have the capability to train your team successfully.
The site points out that demolition work has many of the same hazards as construction work, along with several additional ones. The following are highlights from the updated website. Click NOW to view the new OSHA demolition resources area.
– Changes from the structure’s design introduced during construction
– Approved or unapproved modifications that altered the original design
– Materials hidden within structural members, such as lead, asbestos, silica, and other chemicals or heavy metals requiring special material handling
– Unknown strengths or weaknesses of construction materials, such as post-tensioned concrete
– Hazards created by the demolition methods used
Please contact us here at NAHETS and we can work together to train your heavy equipment operators to operate at maximum ability and safety. Together we can keep workers safe and your jobs successfully completed.
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