Some might think demolition is child’s play, but it is not, it is more complicated than construction. Industrial demolition projects are daunting tasks that include high amount risk and they need high amount of accuracy else they can cause major accidents. Industrial Demolition Contractors have the experience and training to offer safe operations with various hazardous substances. They have the tools, skills and trained workers to carry out the tasks of destruction. They can handle various kinds of demolition work in the industry, from lumber mills and factories to oil refineries and port facilities.
Find out about some of the main services offered by these contractors.
Handling and removal of hazardous materials
Contractors with specialized certifications and expertise can deal with sites that contain chemical or environmental hazards. Experienced demolition contractors get ongoing training beyond the standards of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to safely operate with a variety of hazardous materials. Such efforts involve completion of projects including the rehabilitation of decommissioning plants and contaminated sites, and for chemical clean-ups following fires.
- Lead abatement
Demolition contractors can help with Lead abatement. Industrial demolition contractors who are familiar with the newest processes of lead-handling are entrusted with demolition.
Experts encounter lead in various building materials, especially in buildings erected prior to the 1978, such as:
- Window frames
- Asbestos clean-up
Asbestos can be dangerous for the respiratory system once fibres get airborne. Industrial demolition contractors, when they come across high amounts of asbestos during building inspection, notify the local EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office and work dedicatedly with EPA inspectors. EPA inspectors evaluate the level of asbestos on-site, offer recommendation on the safest and best demolition techniques and make sure that compliance to asbestos abatement is assured.
Asbestos can be found in various materials, such as:
- Textured ceilings and walls
- Wall panelling
- Floor and ceiling tiles
- Area surrounding the heating cupboards around boilers
Dust is very hazardous, in homes as well as in industrial areas. In the industry of industrial demolition, dust can pose health hazards and can result in acute breathing ailments due to particles such as:
- Histoplasmosis, a type of fungus present in bird droppings
- Crystalline silica
Industrial demolition contractors use various methods for the control of dust, such as:
- Using demolition techniques and equipment that minimize dust
- Using an airtight envelope to wrap buildings to limit toxic dust
- Making negative air pressure enclosures
- Making use of sprays and wetting agents that comprise of dust
- Offering gear and protective clothing to workers
Air Pollution Control
Industrial demolition can release many contaminants that can pose various environmental and health hazards. Industrial demolition contractors can use various methods to reduce air pollution during industrial projects, such as:
- Regularly cleaning surfaces
- Dust control processes
- Using vacuums consisting of HEPA filters
- Using fans and ventilation tools for depressurizing areas
- Using construction barriers comprising of agents that are hazardous while airborne
- Evaluating and adjusting HVAC systems to ensure that toxic particles are not circulated
Industrial demolition contractors work on all types of buildings, whether atypical, small or big ones. They can demolish structures such as:
- Grain silos
- Water towers
- Lumber mills
- Transmission line towers
- Air traffic control towers
- Aluminium plants
- Dock cranes
They handle projects including buildings that are unsound structurally and are at risk of collapse. Contractors assess the safety issues that are present in dangerous or atypical structures and make use of specialized demolition machinery that maximizes safety and minimizes waste.