Activity Description

  • This activity sheet is for response and recovery workers and supervisors who will be conducting assessments and demolishing buildings. For some operations or situations (e.g., entry into confined spaces, heavy equipment use) other activity sheets also apply.
  • Hurricanes can cause massive structural damage to buildings in their paths, resulting in unsalvageable properties.
  • Large-scale demolition is performed using heavy equipment; however, many related tasks and small-scale demolition jobs are performed manually or using hand-held equipment.
  • Demolition after floods may involve work with wet debris, which will be heavier than if dry. Wet materials are also subject to heavy mold growth, which is not likely when materials are dry. Additionally, materials might be contaminated with hazardous substances that contaminated floodwaters.
  • Response and recovery workers conducting this operation may be employed by Federal, State, local, and private employers.

General Recommendations

Key Engineering Controls and Work Practices.

Personal Protective Equipment. The general PPE is recommended for all response/recovery tasks/operations; only the additional PPE that may be needed for a specific hazard is noted below.

General PPE includes:

  • Hard hat for overhead impact or electrical hazards
  • Eye protection with side shields
  • Gloves chosen for job hazards expected (e.g., heavy-duty leather work gloves for handling debris with sharp edges and/or chemical protective gloves appropriate for chemicals potentially contacted)
  • ANSI-approved protective footwear
  • Respiratory protection as necessary—N, R, or P95, filtering facepieces may be used for nuisance dusts (e.g., dried mud, dirt and silt) and mold (except mold remediation). Filters with a charcoal layer may be used for odors.

Source: Demolition