A construction project is considered a demolition when it involves the complete or partial demolishing of a structure, with pre-planned and controlled methods and procedures conducted by demolition contractors. While a regular house demolition will probably not require any more advanced techniques or machinery than a bulldozer, excavator or maybe a crane, there may be times when building demolition requires the use of explosives.
According to Safe Work Australia and the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act, any work that concerns the demolishing of a structure, whether it's building demolition, house demolition or some other demolition, is considered "construction work". Demolition contractors must therefore refer to the Code of Practice before conducting their demolition to ensure that they are in compliance with regulations, including permit requirements.
Any work that concerns building demolition or the demolishing of a structure is classified as "construction work" according to the Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations. Any requirements for construction work must be complied with, including regulations concerning an engineering survey.
There is an umbrella requirement in the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) and Codes of Practice by Safe Work Australia which says that for structure or building demolition work risks must be minimised or eliminated where practical. Even on the smaller scale of a house demolition, it is the responsibility of demolition contractors to ensure that the workers are exposed to minimal risk. If the demolishing project requires the removal of dangerous materials, it must be handled in accordance with regulations. Asbestos, in particular, has quite specific regulations surrounding it.
Safe Work Australia has a number of Codes of Practice for demolition contractors to understand the regulations concerning building demolition, house demolition and other types of high risk construction work. While it is important to make sure that the demolishing itself is safe in accordance to Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations, it is also important that the demolition debris is disposed of safely.
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