Demolition Work

demolition works

What is Demolition Work?

Demolition work involves the systematic dismantling of buildings and structures. It’s a task that requires precise planning and controlled execution.

Demolition workers, or demolishers, are tasked with the partial or complete dismantling of buildings. This includes handling structural elements that bear loads and removing internal fixtures, fittings, and non-load-bearing components. Their methods are pre-planned and carefully controlled to ensure safety and efficiency.

Following the demolition process, thorough cleanup is an essential step to prepare the site for future use, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive demolition and cleanup services.

Risks Associated with Demolition Work

Demolition poses significant risks to workers and the public, potentially leading to injuries or fatalities. These risks are present at both ground level and higher elevations. Proper fall protection equipment is mandatory for work conducted above ground level.

Moreover, demolishers must assess the condition of the structure and consider its proximity to nearby buildings and assets. This precaution helps prevent damage to adjacent properties.

Classes of Registration for Demolishers

Demolishers are categorised into three registration classes, each with specific responsibilities:

  1. Demolisher (Low Rise): Handles buildings up to two storeys. Tasks include dismantling structures and removing internal components of unoccupied buildings. They must ensure that all necessary demolition permits are obtained.
  2. Demolisher (Medium Rise): Responsible for structures up to five storeys. Like low-rise demolishers, they must secure the appropriate permits before proceeding with the demolition.
  3. Demolisher (Unlimited): Qualified to dismantle any building, including those classified as special (like those made with precast elements or stressed skin structures). This class also requires proper permits.

Professional Requirements for Registered Demolishers

Registered demolishers must demonstrate their ability to manage and perform demolition activities proficiently and professionally. This includes:

  • Preparing accurate quotes for demolition work.
  • Consulting with building engineers about demolition plans.
  • Developing tailored demolition work plans and securing the necessary permits.
  • Establishing contracts for demolition services.
  • Identifying potential hazards and formulating risk management strategies.
  • Ensuring safety by preparing a site-specific Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and managing asbestos risks where applicable.

Knowledge and Experience Requirements

To register as a demolisher, one needs to have completed a Certificate III or IV in Demolition, which provides the technical knowledge required. Those without this certification must demonstrate their competence through assessments.

Experience requirements vary by class:

  • Low Rise: Evidence of involvement in at least five projects, with specific requirements regarding hazardous materials and commercial buildings.
  • Medium Rise: Similar requirements, but applicable to structures up to five storeys.
  • Unlimited: Proven ability to manage and execute the demolition of larger and more complex buildings, including those over five storeys involving hazardous materials.

For those entering this field, thorough preparation and adherence to safety standards are essential to perform the job effectively and protect all involved parties.

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