Understanding Damage Contractors

Do you understand how damage contractors operate? Many people do not have a good understanding of the industry. This lack of knowledge can cause confusion when people need to use the services offered by damage contractors. Before I hired a team of damage contractors, I didn't know the first thing about damage contractors. Thankfully, the blokes who came to repair my damaged home took the time to fully explain their role and the work they would be carrying out. Over a couple of weeks when the team were working on the job, they also gave me lots of top tips and advice

Two situations in which you should have a damage contractor demolish your building


If you own a building that you want to demolish, there are certain situations in which it may be best to arrange for a damage contractor to do this work, instead of performing the building demolition process yourself. Continue reading to find out what these situations are.

The building features a structurally unsound framework

If the framework of the building that you want to have demolished has been declared structurally unsound by a structural engineer, then it is best to arrange for an experienced damage contractor to demolish it.

The reason for this is as follows; if the building's framework is unstable, it will be much more difficult to predict how it will collapse when it is, for example, struck by a bulldozer or a wrecking ball.

This is because some of the components within an unstable framework often end up bearing more weight than they are supposed to; this can result in them collapsing at a much faster rate, and with much greater force, than other framework components when they are hit with demolition equipment.

This, in turn, may result in the demolished components becoming airborne and travelling much farther than expected. If there are occupied buildings or busy public roads nearby, this debris could damage these properties or hit and injure the pedestrians or drivers in these areas.

As such, in this situation, it is important to have a damage contractor carry out this work. They will be able to use their expertise and past involvement in building demolition projects to properly assess the structure and determine what precautions need to be taken to ensure that the unstable parts of it do not cause damage or injuries when the demolition process gets underway.

You are unfamiliar with the Australian Standards of demolition

If you decide to demolish a building by yourself, you will need to ensure that the work is done in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.

If you are unfamiliar with these and don't have a lot of time to devote to learning about them before the demolition work begins, it is very likely that you will make a serious error that will endanger you, your co-workers, or those residing and working in the area where the demolition project is to be carried out.

Furthermore, if someone in the vicinity of the demolition area notices that you are not demolishing the building in accordance with Australian Standards, they may report you to the relevant legislative body. This may result in you being penalised and fined.

Given this, if you are not well-versed in the relevant Australian Standards, then it may be best to have a damage contractor handle the demolition work on your behalf.


14 January 2019