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OSHA Issues Guidance on Protecting Employees from Demolition Hazards

OSHA recently issued a Trade News Release reminding employers to protect workers from demolition hazards.  OSHA outlined the particular hazards associated with “Demolition: Construction in Reverse, with Additional Hazards.”  With proper planning, personal protective equipment, training and compliance with OSHA standards (29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart T – Demolition), OSHA claims these hazards can be controlled and even eliminated.

The key points to remember when undertaking demolition are:

  • Plan ahead to get the job done safely

  • Provide the right protection and equipment

  • Train all employees about hazards and how to use the equipment safely

To read more about what constitutes demolition and the unique hazards involved, follow this link to OSHA’s Safety & Health Topics page which shares some helpful reminders, considerations to keep in mind when undertaking demolition work, and more details on the key points outlined above:

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Bradford T. Hammock, Jackson Lewis, workplace safety law attorney, Hazardous Conditions Lawyer

Bradford T. Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice in the safety and health area, and is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group.

Mr. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Mr. Hammock provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice: (1) conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits; (2) reviewing and revising corporate safety and...

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