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Control your dustiny

Véro­­­­­­nique Le Provost, North America Sales Mana­­­­­­ger at Arden Equip­­­­­­ment, discusses dust control. 

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Demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion : New health issues for profes­­­­­­sio­­­­­­nals on outside demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion sites

Last summer massive heat waves hit everyw­­­­­­here on the globe which made it diffi­­­­­­cult to breathe for the popu­­­­­­la­­­­­­tion but even more so for people working on construc­­­­­­tion and/or demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion sites. Howe­­­­­­ver harsh these condi­­­­­­tions they have yet to be coupled with the issue of silica dust. Fortu­­­­­­na­­­­­­tely solu­­­­­­tions have been deve­­­­­­lo­­­­­­ped and water still repre­­­­­­sents the most satis­­­­­­fac­­­­­­tory alter­­­­­­na­­­­­­tive for both problems : drink it to hydrate and sprinkle it to reduce dust emis­­­­­­sion. Simple enough one would say. But with such intense heat inevi­­­­­­ta­­­­­­bly comes water restric­­­­­­tions. It is there­­­­­­fore impor­­­­­­tant to be able to limit water use while achie­­­­­­ving maxi­­­­­­mum dust protec­­­­­­tion for workers on demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion sites.

Dust control : A more and more chal­­­­­­len­­­­­­ging issue for contrac­­­­­­tors

Every year hundreds of construc­­­­­­tion workers contract or die from respi­­­­­­ra­­­­­­tory diseases rela­­­­­­ted to silica dust. Fede­­­­­­ral and State autho­­­­­­ri­­­­­­ties have set up new regu­­­­­­la­­­­­­tions to help reduce risks, enfor­­­­­­cing new stan­­­­­­dards and in some cases fines can be heavy for non-compliance which could lead to major risks for compa­­­­­­nies. In addi­­­­­­tion most bid spon­­­­­­sors now also include speci­­­­­­fic demands about dust control along with envi­­­­­­ron­­­­­­men­­­­­­tal care. Dust control is no longer just a safety and health issue, it has now become a stra­­­­­­te­­­­­­gic issue to gain a compe­­­­­­ti­­­­­­tive edge.

Solu­­­­­­tions exist

Fortu­­­­­­na­­­­­­tely contrac­­­­­­tors haven’t been waiting for new laws to protect their workers and be envi­­­­­­ron­­­­­­men­­­­­­tally friendly. The most stan­­­­­­dard and effec­­­­­­tive solu­­­­­­tion to control dust on outside demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion sites consists in spraying water on the job site. A worker holding a hose in the demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion area or any other inde­­­­­­pendent device spraying water such as water canons are the two basic ways usually used to reduce dust. Howe­­­­­­ver, these rather tradi­­­­­­tio­­­­­­nal solu­­­­­­tions have their own limits : when wind is blowing, when working at height with high reach machines, when visi­­­­­­bi­­­­­­lity from the cabin is limi­­­­­­ted, when water is conta­­­­­­mi­­­­­­na­­­­­­ted with oil, when cost for new equip­­­­­­ments is too high or even when water is restric­­­­­­ted to cite the most common ones. A much modern alter­­­­­­na­­­­­­tive already exists on the market : the ARDEN JET.

Modern solu­­­­­­tion for modern demo­­­­­­li­­­­­­tion

Would you like your driver to focus on his demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion job, not on the worker with the hose situa­­­­­­­ted in the danger zone ? Would you like to save on water volume and water treat­­­­­­­ment ? On main­­­­­­­te­­­­­­­nance costs ? Would you like to be more envi­­­­­­­ron­­­­­­­men­­­­­­­tally friendly, more cost-effec­­­­­­­tive ? Would you like to surpass your compe­­­­­­­ti­­­­­­­tors ? If you‘ve ticked at least once then the Arden Jet solu­­­­­­­tion could help you achieve it. With 5 natio­­­­­­­nal and inter­­­­­­­­­­­­­na­­­­­­­tio­­­­­­­nal awards, the Arden Jet has already convin­­­­­­­ced a lot of people!

The Arden Jet is the first high pres­­­­­­­sure water spraying system factory-fitted inside a demo­­­­­­­li­­­­­­­tion equip­­­­­­­ment.

Thank you to all the people who kindly helped me with this article by sharing their expe­­­­­­­riences about dust control. Special thanks to Jermaine Jennings, Zack Taylor, Jerry Stobaugh, Vincent Mastria, Pete Magin­­­­­­­nis, Steve S., Malcom D. Jacobs, Juan Ivanoff and my apolo­­­­­­­gies to those I haven’t mentio­­­­­­­ned.

By Véro­­­­­nique LE PROVOST

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