When a building is being built, it will need concrete to reinforce the superstructure holding it up. However, sometimes it’s necessary to deal with blocks and slabs of concrete that are present in the construction zone. Your employees and workers need to be as safe as possible when dealing with concrete of any shape or size, so here are some tips for how to it do it safely and efficiently.
Monitor Concrete Decay
The first thing you need to do is to monitor the decay rate of the concrete. As sturdy and reliable as concrete is, given enough time it will wear down. This is to say nothing of environmental hazards such as water or chemicals that will eat away at the surface that you need to cut or drill into. Cracking may look like a cosmetic problem, but it isn’t long until the cracks go deeper and result in spalling. Spalling is where the concrete leaves behind particles of dust and gravel, both of which can be hazardous to workers and equipment on-site. If the spalling is severe enough, it means that the concrete cannot be repaired, and needs to be removed and replaced with a new layer.
Use Equipment and Expertise
Most property owners don’t know how to demolish concrete by themselves. That’s where the experts at G&M Services can help. We can consult and provide training on what equipment to use and which techniques to try in the course of breaking down concrete.
Embrace New Technology
Technology always changes, and it also makes your job easier. That’s because removing concrete from your worksite is safer and less time-consuming when you embrace the latest advances in industrial technology. Whether it’s using ground-penetrating radar to find anything hidden beneath the concrete, or training in how to use the most advanced forms of personal protective equipment, following the latest industry trends is always a good idea. It’s worth it to investigate how old the concrete is, if it is reinforced with rebar, and if it should be ground up, cut, sawed, or demolished in other ways.
Prioritize Employee Safety with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meeting to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and FireStop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.