If it’s your first time taking down a structure, things can get understandably nerve-wrecking. Done correctly, demolition is a piece of cake. Get it wrong, and it can be dangerous. Whether you’re dismantling a whole building or just a part, the first thing you’ll need to do is to take stock of everything you’ll need to get the job done.
If you’re well-prepared, the risks involved in demolition will be much lower. Here, MaxiLead Metals – scrap recycling specialists and established skip hire operators – offer a bit of an insight into the requirements of a highly organised job.
1. Permissions and Consents
Before anything else, you need to let the local council know what you’re planning to do, and what boxes you need to tick to get it done legally. There may be certain official permissions you need to secure before you can go ahead. The council will point you in the right direction for these. If the structure you plan to remove is listed, things may get a little complicated and you may need to apply for listed building consent to move forward.
If you’re going to have heavy machinery and skip loaders passing to and from your site, any neighbours will need to be informed to prevent complaints which may cause your project to be shut down. If the site’s access crosses anyone’s land, you will need to secure permission from them.
3. Safety Equipment and Signage
It is vital to ensure that anyone working on or visiting a demolition site is totally protected. Hard hats, high visibility jackets, steel capped boots and sturdy gloves should be worn at all times. Depending on the size and nature of the project, secure boarding or temporary fencing should be erected to prevent unauthorised access, and clear safety signage must be displayed. Visit hse.gov.uk for further details. You’ll also need somewhere safe to keep your tools overnight.
4. Man Power
You should never attempt to demolish a complex structure alone. Enlist help from friends or pay labourers to assist you for the sake of ease and safety. Ensure that everyone is comfortable with the task at hand, knows what they’re doing and has a working knowledge of health and safety.
5. The Right Machinery and Equipment
You should never “wing it” when it comes to demolition. If you do, you’ll risk becoming stranded with an unsafe structure, plus a load of debris and rubble you can’t shift. While you may not require a huge wrecking ball or winches, you’ll need to understand the size of the job and the tools you’ll need. Hammers, shovels, crowbars and wheelbarrows are extremely useful, as are any means of securing unsafe structures while you work on other areas or leave the site overnight – sturdy scaffolding is a good start.
6. A Means of Removal
The best way to arrange the removal of waste and debris from your site is to get in touch with a trusted hire company to provide commercial skips for the job. Be realistic when asking yourself “how many skips do I need?”. The average small household demolition job uses 1-2 skips, while larger projects may go into the double-figures! Try to work out a ballpark number to quote to your provider. Always look for a firm who will provide and remove the skips at your convenience using their own loaders, so you don’t have to worry about arranging the transportation of your rubbish alongside everything else.
MaxiLead is a highly experienced provider of demolition job skip hire, so if you would like to discuss your project with our team, all you need to do is call us on 0161 790 5105 and we’ll be happy to assist you.