Sunday, May 29, 2016
Demolition and Lead-Based Paint: Safe Practices for Cutting Steel
When lead paint is present on metal surfaces, such as structural steel beams, staircases, columns, and railings, use of hydraulic shears is always preferable to torch cutting to avoid producing heat-generated lead fumes. In interior demolition and selective demolition of enclosed spaces, however, use of hydraulic tools might not be possible, and torches must be used. In such cases, the demolition contractor must identify and mark where all cuts will occur and lead paint must be stripped back at least four inches in all directions from where heat will be applied (R. Baker & Son’s routine practice is to strip lead paint at least twelve inches from the cut point). Methods can include chemical stripping and power tools with vacuum attachments, and workers performing this work must be equipped with required PPE, including in-line respirators.
About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.
R. Baker & Son - All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
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