Part 3 - Know your risks when you undertake a demolition project

Construction demolition is an extraordinarily high-risk business. Ensuring the safety of all involved, including on-site employees and people who live or work nearby, is a joint effort involving the client, the designer, the general contractor, construction managers and construction staff. Nevertheless, if you’re the general contractor on a demolition job, the responsibility for managing the site and keeping everyone safe ultimately falls on you.

The major risks in construction demolition fall into seven distinct categories. Below we give a brief summary of each one and a few tips for keeping the job site safe.