DEMEX was engaged by Australian Munitions to demolish 43 buildings in the Mulwala Explosives Facility in regional New South Wales.
DEMEX used equipment cleverly with task-specific attachments to reduce risks. A built-in dust suppression head attachment significantly minimised risk of Ignition; 125ft knuckle booms provided access to elevated areas to remove aged, fragile asbestos eliminating exposure of personnel; and a custom fabricated blade attachment was used to process steel tanks.
Hazards to be remediated were complicated by a number of factors, not limited to: the scale of the operation; the number of workers onsite operating concurrently in multiple work zones; potential for volatility as equipment engaged with high risk chemicals, often concealed; and removal of fragile, aged asbestos.
The location and historical purpose of the project site raised significant challenges demanding expert approaches in hazard remediation to deliver according to best safety and environmental standards.
The scale, complexity and DEMEX’s approach to hazard remediation lead to this being shortlisted in the World Demolition Awards 2020 in the Industrial Demolition Category. Award winners will be announced in November 2020.