Demolition | Structural Stability During Alteration, Demolition Or Dismantling

Incidents of buildings collapsing into roads or because the work has rendered the structure unstable during demolition works have resulted in emergency road closures. This has necessitated interventions by authorities to deal with dangerous structures.

Recently, during demolition work on a town centre site, a building collapsed.

It breached the hoarding around the site, the front elevation falling onto the road and it was only by good luck that both the highway and footpath were empty.

The public road was closed for a period following the incident and the collapse became the subject of an investigation by HSE.

Clients, contractors and other stakeholders need to thoroughly plan, manage, and monitor all demolition work. HSE's website has guidance on:

Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Comment: "This guidance is on the back of a spate of scaffold collapses in July 2019 and subsequent collapses that became increasingly high-profile.
The use of scaffolding as a control measure when using mechanical demolition has become commonplace in some parts of the U.K. and has resulted in the normalisation of the bad practice.
This has been a long time coming from the regulator, and let's hope that clients, the trade federation, and demolition engineers comply with its enforcement."

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