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Demolition Operative

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Demolition Operative
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Last Updated: March, 2014

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At a Glance... header image

Provides expertise in the demolition of defunct buildings or sections of buildings, using methods such as dynamite and wrecking balls.


The Work header image

Demolition operatives demolish and dismantle buildings and other structures. All demolition is planned and operatives work to a structured programme. The work involves assessing the structure and preparing the site to make sure it can be demolished safely. This includes putting up fences and scaffolding.

They then clear the site. This involves stripping out floors, roofs, fittings and recycling materials where necessary. Demolition Operatives need to dispose of hazardous materials safely and promptly. Occasionally, materials are removed and recycled for future use. Operatives sort and grade bricks and timbers that can be recycled.  

Some workers such as top men/women, have extra duties such as removing asbestosor cutting steel girders using special cutting equipment. Other tasks include stripping roofs, floors and fittings, removing doors and windows and demolishing roof structures.  
 
Demolition operatives use chisels, crowbars and axes to demolish stone or brick walls. They also use machinery such as pneumatic drills, chain saws and, in some cases, explosives.  
 
Demolition work is potentially hazardous so demolition operatives must be aware of the health and safety law, rules and regulations that govern their work. They must also wear safety equipment such as protective footwear, goggles, gloves, respirators and ear defenders.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Examine blast areas to determine amounts and kinds of explosive charges needed and to ensure that safety laws are observed.

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Tie specified lengths of delaying fuses into patterns in order to time sequences of explosions.

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Place safety cones around blast areas to alert other workers of danger zones, and signal workers as necessary to ensure that they clear blast sites prior to explosions.

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Place explosive charges in holes or other spots; then detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials.

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Insert, pack, and pour explosives, such as dynamite, ammonium nitrate, black powder, or slurries into blast holes; then shovel drill cuttings, admit water into boreholes, and tamp material to compact charges.

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Mark patterns, locations, and depths of charge holes for drilling, and issue drilling instructions.

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Compile and keep gun and explosives records in compliance with local and federal laws.

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Measure depths of drilled blast holes, using weighted tape measures.

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Connect electrical wire to primers, and cover charges or fill blast holes with clay, drill chips, sand, or other material.

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Lay primacord between rows of charged blast holes, and tie cord into main lines to form blast patterns.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a demolition operative you must follow safety regulations as the work can be dangerous. You must be reliable and practical as all work has to be carefully planned. Teamwork is also important. Work is physically demanding and can involve a lot of lifting and working at heights. You need to be responsible and have good manual skills for tools and equipment.


Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
  Email: cif@cif.ie
  Url www.cif.ie
   

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Organisation: National Construction and Demolition Waste Council
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6066
  Email:
  Url www.ncdwc.ie
   

 

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