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Demolition Robots are a Breakthrough for Safety, Productivity, and Power

The Robot Revolution is here, and it’s only a matter of time until every construction firm brings one onsite. Robots are a valuable tool in a hazardous industry that’s been notoriously slow to evolve.

Safety trumps every other priority on a building site. Demolition is one of the most hazardous construction jobs of all and that’s a fact OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) takes very seriously. They have a Safety and Health page on their website devoted not only to providing valuable information and resources, but also in memoriam to demolition workers who died on the job.

Harmful materials and unforeseen structural weaknesses can endanger even the most seasoned firm. Tech developments in robotics promise a safer and more productive demolition site in the future.

Why demolition robots are a benefit

There’s a widespread industry concern that machines will take human jobs when in reality it’s a lack of manpower in developed countries that’s driving the construction robot market to an expected $321 million by 2022. Demolition robots account for 90% of this market.

Why such impressive popularity? The stats above make their first benefit obvious: with not enough workers to fill jobs, robots are helping make sure projects get underway and completed. From there, it’s their maneuverability, extended reach, compact dimensional/environmental footprint, and contribution to site safety that make them an invaluable investment.

Demolition robots are not only more physically resilient than manpower; they’re immune to chemical materials that are harmful or even fatal for humans. Toxins such as asbestos, mercury, and lead are frequently encountered during demolition jobs and expose workers to effects like nausea at the least, and lung disease or cancer among the worst. The Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health offers a detailed list of hazards that demolition robots can mitigate or avoid entirely.

It’s clear that improving onsite safety will involve teaming up with robots. Construction companies are reluctant to embrace robots due to the cost of the initial investment. It’s this kind of thinking which is behind the times and is holding the industry back from its best performance. There’s no need for your own company to be stuck in an unsafe past.

How battery-powered equipment helps with interior demolition

Today’s electric equipment options already present firms with compact, versatile, and money-saving machinery that provides impressive ROI alongside greater safety.

Teaming up with the eco-friendly Sherpa models provide remote-controlled access to dangerous areas and a host of demolition and demolition clean up options. The Sherpa EHD and Sherpa 100 ECO work well in tight spots due to their compact size and superior maneuverability.

The EHD puts remote power in the operator’s hands at a mere 30 inches wide with a turning radius of just 48 inches while the 100 measures up at only 76cm wide. When working conditions are unsafe, remote control is perfect. Uneven terrain and unstable construction are no longer problems for your team. The EHD’s smaller frame allows it to be caged and elevated via crane to help demolish higher floors or structures like towers and chimneys.

The EHD switches easily to manual control when it’s safe for humans to enter. The Sherpa’s have attachments that offer impressive demolition power, such as a hammer, which provides 450 Foot Pounds of impact energy. Their other attachments include a bucket (ideal for interior demolition clean up), grapple, fork, auger, and vacuum.

The GreenMachine E210 can enter and exit through standard doorways making interior work a breeze. It may be less than 30 inches wide, but it’s got the same power output as a 1-ton mini excavator.

The further power of green machines

Adding a GreenMachine or any battery-powered equipment to your site increases the air purity of your operation. Zero exhaust fumes mean no toxic emissions and nothing harmful for workers or the public to breathe in. Your bottom line will benefit greatly from electric equipment (just read our previous blog to see the amazing savings over time).

How to stay safer with or without robots

We recommend reviewing these further resources from OSHA on demolition standards if you’re involved in demolition work. They also provide fact sheets, safety cards and a tech manual for best practice. The National Demolition Association (NDA) offers resources, education, and industry updates directly connected to OSHA and other industry standards.

We’re here to empower our construction clients in an industry that’s headed for major change. Get in touch with us today and take the first step toward the front of the construction bid line.

At Triple E, we’re passionate about keeping pace with an evolving construction industry. If you want to learn more about securing your firm’s place in the future, call at (954)-978-3440 or reach us through our contact form.