Common Misconception #10: Once a Demolition Project is Over, The Owner’s Worries are Over.

Coldfoot Environmental Services, Inc

A project owner cannot “contract away” their responsibility or liability. They must identify its nature to the demolition contractor: pay for the removal of waste, and insure that it is disposed of properly. It will be the owner, as well as the contractor, who will face fines and legal sanctions if these strict waste regulations…

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Common Misconception #08: Demolition is a Dangerous Business.

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In the hands of professionals, the danger is controlled. While the demolition process has the potential to create an unsafe work environment, the professional demolition contractor has designed programs to prevent accidents for both on and off-site activities. Many demolition contractors employ in-house safety directors to prepare written standards, conduct safety meetings, develop incentives for…

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Common Misconception #07: One Demolition Contractor is Basically the Same as the Next.

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Don’t tell that to the owner who has had the misfortune of dealing with an inexperienced contractor: a general contractor is often not qualified to demolish buildings or structures. Not unlike doctors, demolition contractors acquire their specialty only after making a substantial investment in their training equipment. Investigate all of the contractors before accepting the…

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Common Misconception #06: The Methods of Demolition Never Change.

Coldfoot Environmental Services, Inc

Demolition practices today are not only quicker, but also safer and more cost-effective. During the past two decades, environmental and safety regulations, as well as growing technology, have impacted the dynamics of the industry. The basic tools of a demolition contractor were once usually a crane, wrecking ball, and front-end loader. Today’s standard equipment has…

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Common Misconception #05: Demolition is an Unsophisticated Business.

Coldfoot Environmental Services, Inc

A safe and successful demolition project requires a working knowledge of both construction and the law. Decisions involving mechanical and electrical systems, engineering as well as environmental regulations, must be constantly addressed. Trained professionals are required to identify, remove, and dispose of any and all hazardous, toxic, or regulated materials. Too often owners have had…

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Common Misconception #03: Demolition Contractors don’t Participate in the Nation’s Recycling Effort.

Coldfoot Environmental Services, Inc

The demolition industry was salvaging building elements and materials for reuse log before it was the “ecological thing to do.” Recycling is a major part of the demolition contractor’s business; it represents 20-50 percent of some companies’ revenues. With current technology, contractors are able to separate demolition debris; these processes maximize the use of reusable…

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Common Misconception #02: Demolition Contractors Destroy Many Structures that Should be Saved.

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Demolition contractors are instrumental in achieving the goals of preservationists. The façade and many important architectural details are preserved in a building when its interior is gutted and renovated to incorporate modern conveniences and energy efficient equipment. Communities are improved aesthetically when demolition contractors remove deteriorated roads and bridges and unstable structures that were damaged…

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