The use of heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, cranes and excavators in demolition of buildings is prevalent in Australia. This method of demolition is generally referred to as mechanical demolition. Demolition with large mechanical equipment is a potentially dangerous job, hence it calls for a safe system of work. Key among the elements that should be included in the safe work system for any mechanical demolition job is provision of well-trained and proficient staff.
Here is a breakdown of some key staff required onsite to ensure safe use and operation of equipment during mechanical demolition jobs.
Licensed equipment operators
The first and most important thing that needs to done to minimise safety hazards in the workplace is using certified equipment operators. To operate a certain type of demolition equipment properly, you will need to enlist the services of personnel trained and licensed to handle the equipment. If you're going to use a wrecking ball attached to the arm of a crane to tear down a building, you will need to hire a certified crane operator. If you'll be using an excavator to perform your demolition, you'll need to employ a certified excavator operator.
Generally speaking, only personnel trained and certified to handle a particular type of equipment should be authorised to operate equipment onsite.
Proficient supervisory staff
To ensure optimal safety at a demolition site, equipment operators need all the support they can get. While they will be working from the equipment operator's seat or cabin, the will need the help of supervisory staff, working to ensure that demolition jobs are performed as planned and that all safety protocols and procedures are followed from start to finish.
If you're going to use a suspended ball attached to the arm of a crane to pull down a building, you will not only need to hire a certified crane operator, but also a crane coordinator to plan the sequence of crane operations and a signaller to direct the crane operator to ensure the safety of all onsite workers, for example. Therefore, it is important to identify the safety risks associated with your demolition job and invest in the necessary supervisory staff.
You shouldn't take any chances when it comes to the safety of all employees involved in demolition jobs. Investing in the right personnel is critical to ensuring that your demolition jobs are carried out properly and safely, thus minimising workers' compensation claims on your company or business. For more information, contact companies like Roach Demolition & Excavations.