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Demolition And Site Clearance: When Is It Safe To Commence A Site Clearance?

To undertake a safe site clearance project, proper planning is required and it is just as important as undertaking the project itself. This is in order to ensure safety of workers and other people around the cleared site. An experienced site clearance expert should be involved in every step of the planning.

Site clearance planning involves:

1) Establishing the methods to be used in the project including machinery removal of debris, sorting out of debris, and decontamination methods.

2) Establishing the equipment and machinery to be used.

3) Setting up the proper safety measures to be undertaken for safe site clearance.

A qualified engineer surveys the condition of the site, identifies the type of debris on the site and evaluates the dangers involved in the project.

Safety precautions include:

1) Ensure that all workers have access to safety equipment including respirators, lifelines and safety nets. Respirators are especially necessary if there are still fumes and dust from the blasting demolition process during site clearance. Lifelines and safety nets protect the workers from serious falls.

2) Ensure all workers are dressed in protective wear, gloves, ear, eye and face protection. Protective clothing and gloves will protect the workers from injuries from sharp pieces of debris like glass, dust from getting into the eyes and hard hats protect from falling objects like stones and equipment. Heavy industrial shoes will protect workers feet from sharp debris and glass. Ear protection protects the workers ears from excessive noise emanating from machinery and equipment used in the machinery removal of debris.

3) Ensure all workers are informed of safety precautions and emergency procedures.

4) The site clearance contractor plans the best methods and equipment to be used in the project, and which pose the least danger to the workers and others on site and to the passing public.

5) Explaining to the workers the risks and the safety precautions to be taken for their own safety and the safety of the people around.

6) Everyone on the site should be prepared for any emergencies during the project. Workers should be trained on how to respond in emergencies. Warning and safety signs should be erected and evacuation routes should be charted out.

7) The site should be clearly marked out and onlookers and especially children should not be allowed near the site. Non-workers and the passing public should be restricted from entering the site. This is a high-risk area what with heavy machinery, equipment and the like used in the machinery removal of debris and other contaminants.

8) Local medical and emergency hospitals should be identified and they phone numbers and addresses posted in a location that is accessible to everyone. This will facilitate speedy response in case of any emergencies.

9) Any equipment to be used for any machinery removal job is inspected for peak performance to minimize the risk of accidents during the project.

10) Precautionary measures should be inspected and approved by the local authorities prior to start of site clearance work. The local government authorities may offer or recommend specialist decontamination agencies to assist in the project. The site clearance agency will ensure that the site is cleared safely and returned to the owners for development.

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