OSHA, National Demolition Association enter alliance to protect contractors

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OSHA, National Demolition Association enter alliance to protect contractor's health and safety

OSHA, National Demolition Association enter alliance to protect contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Demolition Association recently signed a two-year alliance agreement to protect the safety and health of workers in demolition and related industries.

The alliance will focus on developing best practices in power plant demolition and providing agency staff with training on best practices related to deconstructing and dismantling building components for reuse, repurposing, recycling and waste management.

Demolition work involves many of the hazards associated with construction, but includes additional hazards from unknown factors, such as changes or modifications that alter the original design, materials hidden within structural components, and unknown strengths/weaknesses of construction materials, as well as hazards created by the demolition methods used.

“We look forward to working with the National Demolition Association to help reinforce the importance of making adequate preparations for bringing down a building.”

Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jim Frederick

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