Commercial demolition in Kansas City involves some of the largest buildings in our project portfolio. In such projects, there are also toxic materials to think about, as well as safety precautions and good practices that protect our bottom line. Carrying out a commercial demolition is unique, and there are additional elements to think about with these projects. Here are the considerations we embrace for these efforts:
- Government standards: Every demolition effort, whether it involves a residential or industrial building, has to keep OSHA standards in mind. We cannot stay in business without healthy workers, and keeping them safe and injury-free is always a priority. However, EPA standards are also paramount, since commercial properties often contain toxic materials not always found in homes. This requires that extra attention be paid to environmental standards that keep communities safe and clean.
- Dangerous chemicals: Managing toxic chemicals is not just about following EPA standards. It is also about keeping workers safe from asbestos and lead. Other hazardous materials can also wreak havoc on worker health, and if those materials remain on the property, they could pollute the next building that emerges on that site. We always need to think long term about our demolition projects and take measures so we do not poison communities.
- Synthetic mineral fibers (SMFs): These fibers replaced asbestos after authorities discovered the dangers of the latter. While the effects are not nearly as deadly, they can still cause respiratory distress and discomfort. When workers enter these premises, recommended precautions include respirators and protective clothing. No one enjoys a sore throat or runny nose, so prevention is worth this effort.
- Wood dust: Commercial buildings often include wood panels that contain formaldehyde. While studies are inconclusive, the chemical is associated with nasal cancer. When wood paneling and particleboard are part of a building structure, those are serious flags warranting precautions. Just like with SMFs, workers will wear respirators and protective clothing during the project.
- Lead paint: While lead paint is less common, it must be considered when older buildings are being demolished. It can also release particles if buildings are taken down with explosives, since the lead dust can also cause health impacts. OSHA recommends respirators, protective clothing and hand-washing stations where lead paint is suspected.
- Fall protection: If workers are in high places for explosive placement and other work, fall protection is paramount. Nothing can create an expensive workers’ compensation claim quicker than a fall when precautions are avoided. Fall protection is also important when there are open holes or walls, or if the floor is not stable in areas. Many companies, including ours, prefer that workers remain uninjured.
- Recyclable materials: Concrete, steel, interior doors, sinks, toilets and other features and materials can all be recycled. Many demolition contractors are more aware of how many building parts end up in landfills, and of the waste associated with that. Since there is a good secondhand market for many of these products, there is no point in wasting materials if that can be avoided.
Midland Wrecking Inc. offers commercial demolition in Kansas City, as well as cleanup and haulage services. Call us today to discuss your project.