Demolition methods must align with international best practice

24 February 2020
It is essential that demolition methods align with international best practice to achieve the highest practical levels of health and safety. International best practice for demolition is based on extensive mechanisation, coupled with an intensive SHEQ programme, to achieve the necessary level of safety, productivity, and cost-efficiency.
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“Our demolition projects are highly mechanised, thereby removing the direct physical interface between personnel and demolition work actions, as well as substantially reducing the man hours required. This improves the safety profile of the project dramatically in comparison to the standard labour-intensive methods otherwise used in South Africa,” Jet Demolition Director Joe Brinkmann elaborates.

All demolition activities are carried out by experienced employees. “As heavy industrial demolition is our core focus, we have made a significant investment in developing and retaining an exclusive skill-base through the retention of full-time, long-term employees,” Brinkmann stresses.

From mining facilities to the automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical, petrochemical, power generation, and steel and glass industries, Jet Demolition has both the expertise and equipment to undertake complex heavy industrial demolition projects with utmost safety and efficiency.

The company’s specialist services extend beyond just demolition of redundant infrastructure and closing of shafts. “We focus on turnkey value-add solutions not readily provided by any other service provider,” Brinkmann stresses. Examples include turnkey demolition, value recovery and rehabilitation of industrial and mine infrastructure in accordance with environmental regulations.

The safe decontamination and demolition of three redundant gold and uranium complexes resulted in Jet Demolition winning its third consecutive award at the annual World Demolition Awards 2019 at Boston in the USA, in the Recycling and Environmental category for a mine rehabilitation project.

In 2018, Jet Demolition won in the Industrial Demolition Category for the demolition of a coal-fired boiler and ancillary equipment at Duvha Power Station in Mpumalanga, following an over-pressurisation event that resulted in irreparable damage to the structure. In 2017, it was declared the winner for its innovative implosion of the 14-storey HG de Witt Building in the bustling Pretoria Central Business District.

By providing turnkey solutions, Jet Demolition guarantees reduced costs, as multiple contractors are replaced by a single service provider. This ensures a fast-tracked approach to projects, as various activities can be undertaken simultaneously, as opposed to having one contractor following on from the next. “We are committed to finding the best and most viable solutions for our clients, based on streamlined design proposals that result in the most cohesive and safest approach,” Brinkmann highlights.

Recent examples include the successful implosion of the 108-m-high, 31-storey Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) at 09:00 on Sunday 24 November 2019. This was not only the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition, but also one of its most complex projects ever undertaken. A geotechnical investigation was conducted for the design and installation of lateral support to the basement retaining walls to ensure their stability during and after the implosion.

Hot on the heels of this project, Jet Demolition successfully completed a three-building implosion project in the Maradu region of Kochi in Kerala in December. This was not only its first project in India, but also marked the first time that a high-rise building in that country was demolished by means of implosion.

Here the major factor from a safety point of view was the close proximity of the buildings. “Therefore we had to ensure we had good control in order to mitigate any chance of damage,” Brinkmann highlights. Another major challenge was the fast-track nature of the project.

Most of the specialised demolition equipment owned by Jet Demolition is not available in South Africa from any other demolition company. Its primary demolition equipment is replaced on a 6 000 hour basis. This policy, together with stringent maintenance and a fully-equipped plant support department, contributes strongly to safe, reliable, and efficient operation of demolition projects.


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About Jet Demolition

Jet Demolition has been undertaking industrial demolition works since 1994, and is the leading, largest, and most technically-advanced demolition company in Africa. It offers in-house, full-range demolition services, including advanced mechanical solutions and controlled implosions. It actively pursues ongoing development of skills and equipment suited to the changing needs of the industry.

Jet Demolition is a technically-based company, with various staff members holding MSc, BSc, and BTech Degrees, as well as National Diplomas, in various engineering fields. This expertise gives it the technical foundation to successfully engineer solutions for large and complex demolition projects, and furthermore fuels its drive to deliver quality projects safely. Jet Demolition strives to offer its clients innovative and technical solutions to demanding demolition challenges.

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