The National Demolition Association (NDA), in collaboration with the National Federation of Demolition Contractors in the United Kingdom, has produced a new publication called the “High Reach Demolition Machine Guidance Document.”
The purpose of the publication, according to the Doylestown, Pa.-based association, is “to outline recommended safe work practices for machines designed to safely dismantle structures greater than three stories high.”
The 20-page booklet was written to promote “important discourse regarding the specification of work practices, the manufacture, supply, and use of the machines, and their transportation, loading, and unloading,” says the NDA. The document was designed to be used as an aid in developing a work plan and engineering survey for contractors engaged in high-reach demolition tasks.
The publication includes several photos and also points out potential dangers or warning signs for contractors through the use of bold-faced type and a warning symbol.
Audiences for the document include manufacturers, distributors, transporters, erection crews and operators, says the association. The guide was prepared by an NDA Work Group studying equipment safety that worked under the direction of Raymond Passeno, president of the NDA and an officer with Bierlein Companies Inc., Midland, Mich.
The Work Group included input from several active NDA members, such as Michael Casbon of ERM, and involvement from equipment companies such as Caterpillar, Volvo, LBX, Genesis Attachments and Jewell Attachments.
Copies of the repor are available for $3 each and can be obtained by contacting the National Demolition Association at
or by calling (800) 541-2412.