Demolition Safety:  Raze the Roof but Not On Your Head


Many contractors, engineers, architects, and safety professionals understand how to put something together. There are plans, drawings, intricate details that go onto putting it all together but many times taking that building down not so much. What lurks behind those 100 year old walls? It’s not as easy as going in with a wrecking ball and start swinging.  This presentation will provide you with how to define a “demolition”, common safety and health hazards on demolition worksites and how to keep safe. In addition there will be a first-account of the June 2013 Philadelphia building collapse where a 4 story industrial building collapsed during a demolition, killing 14 people and injuring countless others.



Presented By:

Sarah Carle, CHST, Assistant Area Director, OSHA Wilkes-Barre Office, USDOL

Ms. Carle has been with OSHA since September 2001, holding several positions including CSHO and Assistant Area Director in the Allentown, Philadelphia, and Wilkes-Barre Area Offices of OSHA’s Region III. Ms. Carle currently serves an Assistant Area Director in OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre Area Office where she leads a team of safety professionals in carrying out OSHA’s Mission. Ms. Carle is a veteran of the United States Air Force and maintains a professional certification of Construction Health and Safety Technician “CHST” with the Board of Certified Safety Professional and is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.