How to Make Building Demolition Easier

The demolition of a commercial structure such as a warehouse, factory or office building is a challenging and potentially dangerous process. The job requires meticulous planning and flawless execution to minimize the risk of property damage and injuries. Demolition contractors must also take steps to protect the surrounding environment to avoid violating the increasingly stringent EPA standards.

Using high-quality, safe equipment is essential at any demolition site, and The Cat® Rental Store carries everything you need for your commercial demolition project. You'll find a wide selection of excavators, skid steer loaders, articulated trucks, wheel loaders and material handlers from Caterpillar, as well as top-notch machines from other leading manufacturers. All rentals undergo rigorous inspections, ensuring that you can use them safely at your job sites.

What to Know About Demolition

Besides offering reliable equipment for rent at competitive rates, we have extensive knowledge of the industries we serve. We've assembled the following tips for commercial demolition contractors to make your projects easier — and safer:

  • Plan carefully: Thoroughly planning your commercial demolition projects will increase the likelihood of a successful outcome and can prevent a catastrophic mistake. Consider whether the job will disturb the surrounding environment. Avoid compliance violations by acquiring all the necessary permits.
  • Consider hiring outside contractors: Unless your company specializes in demolitions, it's often advisable to hire third-party experts to handle specific aspects of the project. For instance, hiring a reputable excavation firm can make the cleanup process much easier and safer.
  • Provide fall protection: Most demolition jobs involve creating large holes, which poses a significant fall hazard. Equip all crew members with full-body restraints when they're working around holes deeper than 6 feet.
  • Minimize exposure to hazardous materials: Many commercial buildings, especially older structures, contain potentially dangerous materials and chemicals like lead paint, wood dust (which is often a source of formaldehyde) and synthetic mineral fibers. Make sure your workers are wearing protective clothing and respiration gear when they face exposure to these and other toxic substances. If you're demolishing a building constructed before 1980, hire a certified inspector to check for asbestos.
  • Recycle where possible: Today's "green" construction practices emphasize the recycling of building materials and products such as concrete, steel, interior doors and plumbing fixtures. Preserving and recycling these items is environmentally friendly and will minimize often prohibitive disposal costs for your company.

The Cat® Rental Store: Commercial Demolition Made Easy

The Cat Rental Store makes renting the equipment you need for your commercial demolition projects a fast, hassle-free process. Our staff will help you select the right machines for your applications and budget. We'll take care of all maintenance and repairs, removing the burden from your shoulders. We'll also help you arrange flexible rental terms that work for your company.

View Your Commercial Demolition Equipment Options Today

Browse our entire heavy equipment inventory today, then give us a call at 1-800-RENT-CAT or contact us online to get a fast quote. Rent the machines and tools your company needs from knowledgeable pros who do whatever it takes.

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