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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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