Cape Insulation, Washington, Tyne & Wear

O’Brien Demolition was awarded the contract for the demolition of the former Cape Insulation factory (35,000 m2 of buildings) and removal of some 3500 tonne of asbestos.

The site had been subject to years of vandalism and was in a serious state of disrepair. Apart from the major asbestos hazard there were a number of serious issues to consider for the safe planning of the work including:

Confined spaces, work at height, cleaning of tanks, open pits/ducts, fire damaged areas. Due to the previous use of asbestos on the site, all buildings were classed as contaminated and there were large external areas with asbestos debris identified.

  • Once the asbestos removal was successfully completed work started on the careful demolition of the buildings using numerous 45 and 20 tonne excavators. The larger excavators were used to demolish the building while the smaller machines were used to process the materials into recyclable materials. The extensive slab and foundations were also lifted and processed for re -use on site.
  • All crushing of materials was undertaken on site utilising our in house fleet of crushers and screens.
  • Due to the condition of the site, and fear among local residents, regular residential meetings were held where the safe working practices were explained through our spokesperson to satisfy the concerns of the residents.
  • The site was subject to regular inspection from the HSE with no issues raised.

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