Demolition Work

     Any work that is connected with the demolition of a structure is classified as ‘construction
work’ under the WHS Regulations. When carrying out demolition work, the requirements
relating to construction work must be complied with.

     Demolition work means to demolish or dismantle a structure or part of a structure that
is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure, but does
not include:

  • the dismantling of formwork, falsework, scaffolding or other structures designed
    or used to provide support, access or containment during construction work, or 
  • the removal of power, light or telecommunication poles.

A structure is anything that is constructed, whether fixed or moveable, temporary or
permanent, and includes buildings, sheds, towers, chimney stacks, silos, storage tanks.

The demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to
the physical integrity of the structure is ‘high risk construction work’. A safe work method
statement (SWMS) must be prepared before the high risk construction work starts.

Demolition work that is notifiable under the WHS Regulations involves:

  • demolition of a structure, or a part of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise
    related to the physical integrity of the structure, that is at least 6 metres in height
  • demolition work involving load shifting machinery on a suspended floor, and
  • demolition work involving explosives.
    Other key terms relating to demolition work are listed in Appendix A.