Cape Insulation, Washington, Tyne & Wear

In 2007 O’Brien demolition were 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:

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.

After initially assessing the risks of the project the contract team put into place a safe system of work to ensure the safety of our asbestos operatives during the controlled removal of the asbestos. A comprehensive plan of work and risk assessments were developed detailing the key control measures to take account of the hazards identified above. All operatives were inducted onto site and a designated asbestos supervisor was on site to permanently oversee the works.

Our competent Asbestos removal team worked various hours utilising our modern plant and equipment to ensure the work was completed to timescale, safely and to the clients satisfaction. Independent analysts were used to ensure the site was free from asbestos content.

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 was 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 spoke person to satisfy the minds of the residents.

The site was subject to regular inspection from the HSE with no issues raised.