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An investigation into health and safety risks associated with deconstruction

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Bloomfield, M. Reza HosseiniM. Reza Hosseini, R Rameezdeen, N Chileshe
As a response to calls for making construction activities environmentally conscious, alternatives to mechanical demolition such as deconstruction, recycling and reuse for re-entering building materials and components back in to the supply chain have emerged. However, deconstruction has remained unexploited within the construction industry due to the adverse effects of barriers and challenges that make demolishing contractors shy away from implementing deconstruction in projects. On assessment of the barriers/challenges facing deconstruction it was revealed that deconstruction, like all construction activities, is fraught with various health and safety hazards. This study attempts to identify the role of health and safety risks in impeding the widespread implementation of deconstruction practices in construction projects. Afterwards, major health and safety risks associated with deconstruction activities are identified. Findings of the present study are based on the results acquired through conducting unstructured interviews with 6 demolition contractors in South Australia. The study contributes to the body of knowledge by further establishing the deconstruction field and providing a basis for future investigations into barriers of deconstruction. Further, presented discussions would provide professional implications by offering guidelines for managing deconstruction projects in a safer and more efficient environment.



Annual RICS International Research Conference (2015 : Sydney, N.S.W.)


1 - 8


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


Sydney, N.S.W.

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London, Eng.

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Publication classification

E Conference publication; E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2015, RICS

Title of proceedings

RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015: Proceedings of the 2015 Annual RICS International Research Conference