Industrial Demolition


Industrial demolition differs from other types of demolition for a fundamental, apparent reason – it is complex and poses hazardous challenges. In industrial demolition, expertise is crucial, and experience is vital in dismantling a wide range of industrial structures and materials safely, cost-efficient, and least disruptive—industrial demolition companies. As the name implies, industrial demolition covers industries such as the Athlone power plant in South Africa.

Industrial demolition covers a whole lot. This category includes the destruction of mines, automotive, oil, gas, chemical power plants, power stations, manufacturing companies, industrial estates, depots, highways, and rails. Industrial demolition contractors must have the following:

Modern equipment

Industrial demolition contractors must possess modern types of equipment and pieces of machinery. High-reaching hydraulic excavators, skid sheers, hydraulic shears, pulverizes, compactors, water trucks, and other important equipment must be available.

Good and sound knowledge of the energy sector

Demolition contractors who are specialized in industrial deconstruction must have a sound knowledge of the energy sector. For example, a power plant company wishes to demolish one of its old energy power plants. The contractor must have good knowledge about the power plant and skilled personnel well-grounded in industrial waste management.

“Safety first culture”

Any demolition contractor, industrial, residential, or commercial that does not have a safety-first approach should not be avoided at all cost. Safety is paramount, especially in industrial demolitions where a minor mistake can be costly and deadly; a contractor with no safety-first approach is a red flag. Such should not be considered for work.

The contractors or operators must follow the worksite health and safety protocol to the letter before the commencement of every job.

Processes involved in industrial demolition


For any demolition, planning is vital. Federal, state, and local requirements are in place for contractors to meet up before any demolition process begins. Regulations do not usually allow demolishing a structure without plans to replace or develop the site into something else. However, exceptions are given, especially as it concerns industrial companies and energy plants demolition. If there is no plan to revitalize such a site and poses an extreme threat to public health and safety, a permit can be obtained.

Without the permit, all other plans are just going to be futile.

In the planning stage, be sure the structure is not a historical landmark, and it will not disturb any environment or wetlands on demolition.


Once the permit is gotten, preparation for the demolition is next. Preparation will allow for a seamless demolition. In the preparation process, the right personnel must be brought, and the building must be inspected. The personnel needed for demolition are under the Special Trade Contractors category as determined by the OSHA. States and local governments usually have a pre-approved contractor list.

The personnel must be experts in:

  • Demolition of buildings and other structures except for marine.
  • Wrecking of buildings and other structures except for marine
  • Concrete breaking for streets and highways
  • Dismantling of steel oil tanks except for oil field work.

Building inspections by the experts will help you get a good picture of what you are dealing with. You can fully assess the dangerous implications and develop a good plan with contingencies with it.

Cost control and contingency planning

One should always plan one’s finance, and it applies here too. If you want to tear down a structure, have a separate staff in charge of the finances and budgeting. The selected staff should work closely with the project managers. Contingency should be part of the plan and included in the budget because anything can come up.

Building inventory

Plan what you want to do with the leftover items in the building. Chair, desks, cabinets, and other things can be donated, recycled, or sold off.

The demolition stage

At the demolition stage, you must have had all the necessary paperwork and preparations. Depending on the structure type, a demolition method will be used. Here are the common industrial demolitions available.

  • Implosion: implosion is used for buildings with steel support, large buildings in urban areas. Implosion is carried out in a controlled manner. It is the demolition of structures with explosives, usually RDX. The structure collapses on itself, but it is not frequently used. A lot of processes are involved before an implosion can be carried out.
  • Excavator demolition: With the excavator, a building comes toppling down. The shears, crushers, and hydraulic hammers are usually attached to the excavators. It breaks down the structure from the top down. The machine removes the large chunks of construction that a ground crew breaks down and sorts out for disposal. It is used for building higher than 66 feet.
  • Wrecking ball: The wrecking ball is not so much in use today though effective. It is quick and inexpensive, but this process creates much dust, debris, and safety hazards. A wrecking ball that can weigh up to 13,500lbs is used. It is suspended on a cable from a crane. Repeated blows crush the structure by the swinging ball.
  • Selective demolition: Selective demolition is a preferred choice because it allows for the recycling of building materials. The interior and the exterior structures are selectively demolished. Deconstruction or selective demolition is suitable for remodelings, upgrades, and extensions. It poses little to no health hazard, especially when compared with the other forms of demolition.


Debris clearing and cleanup should be part of the industrial demolition payment. Industrial demolition contractors have a cleaning protocol that must follow the local, state, and federal guidelines. Some contractors might not have a cleaning crew and hire experienced excavators instead. Excavators are not only experienced in cleaning up debris but also in operating heavy pieces of equipment.


Industrial demolition needs require expertise; as mentioned earlier, we at Houston Demolition Solutions are dedicated to not only tearing down the industrial structures, we would also help you out in the clearing of the site with appropriate disposal. We do not also charge outrageously; our price is friendly. We also specialize in other demolitions, such as emergency demolitions, commercial demolitions, and residential demolitions.