Demolition work is when you knock down or dismantle a structure or part of a structure that is load-bearing or somehow related to the physical integrity of the structure.

Demolition does not include:

Risks associated with demolition

There are a range of health and safety risks associated with demolition work including:

Managing risks associated with demolition

You should try to eliminate or minimise risks associated with demolition work during the planning stage, before work starts.

During the planning stage you need to identify hazards, assess risks and work out appropriate control measures in consultation with those relevant to the work, for example the principal contractor, demolition contractor, structural engineers and mobile plant operators.

Examples of reducing risk during demolition work

If risk remains you must minimise it by implementing administrative controls, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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