Best practices keep demolition’s dangers to a minimum.
Although the prevailing perception is that the demolition industry by its very nature is a dangerous business, the truth is that the industry’s continued commitment to safety education and best practices is creating a relatively safe industry in which to work. There are no government statistics that isolate the number of fatalities that occur specifically in the demolition industry, but the National Demolition Association (NDA) points to the fact that the number of fatalities in the construction industry overall has remained relatively constant for 20 years while the total volume of construction jobs undertaken in our economy has quadrupled. The obvious conclusion is that great strides have been made in the area of occupational health and safety.
A number of initiatives created by NDA highlight the industry’s continued commitment to safety on the job site. The “Demolition Safety Manual,” viewed by many as the first and last word in demolition safety practices, catalogs the safest ways to perform diverse tasks when demolishing structures. If properly used, the manual will help lead to fewer injuries, safer work sites, and lower worker’s compensation premiums. The reference book translates OSHA regulations into actions for the industry professionals and is meant to be used in connection with each company’s training program in safe work practices. It is an important tool in NDA’s aggressive safety program, which also includes the Hazard Communications Program Manual and the association’s safety DVD series.