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What Price Sustainability?
The demolition industry has consistently improved site safety levels by
removing manpower from the most hazardous site areas. But the drive
for greater levels of recycling and sustainability threaten to put men back
in harm’s way. Mark Anthony, founder of demolitionnews.com reports.
It is a crying shame that the site accident statistics Certainly, in the past 20 years since the high reach
for the demolition industry are combined with those excavator was introduced and embraced by UK
from the less safe construction sector. If they weren’t, demolition contractors, the annual count of accidents
it would be plain for all to see that the demolition and fatalities has reduced as the popularity of these
business has probably made the greatest strides of machines has grown.
any industry sector in the field of workplace safety.
But if the focus 20 years ago was the removal of
Ever-improving levels of training have, unquestionably, manpower from the “work face”, then the focus
played a role in the continual decline in site accidents, today is recycling and materials resource efficiency.
incidents and fatalities. But a change in work practices And while we all want a cleaner, greener world, this
and an ever-increasing mechanisation has been the drive towards sustainability threatens to put
primary driver, with high reach excavators and operatives back in the danger zone.
remote-controlled mini excavators largely replacing
the man with a sledgehammer of yesteryear.
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