Demolition operatives dismantle old and derelict structures or buildings.
- Working closely with demolition topmen, who prepare sites for demolition.
- Stripping out fittings, removing doors and windows, dismantling roof structures, cutting steel framework, stripping off fragile roofs and instructing others on safe demolition practices.
- Using hammer drills, oxyacetylene cutting equipment and plant machinery.
- Preparing a structure for explosive demolition.
- Following strict health and safety regulations at all times
- safely removing hazardous materials like asbestos and toxic chemicals
- Planning, overseeing and reviewing the demolition of buildings and structures
- Managing the project team throughout the process
- Advising on the work being done
- Making sure health, safety and environment requirements are being met
- Looking after the administration of contracts
- Looking after the financial control
- Managing sub-contractor governance
- Looking after the daily on-site management of other construction workers
- This role involves working outdoors and in all conditions.
- It’s often dirty and dusty and is occasionally at height and may work longer hours over the summer months
- Newly trained demolition operatives can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
- Trained with experience demolition operatives can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
- Senior demolition operatives can earn in the region of £30,000 - £45,000
Qualifications & TrainingThere are no set qualifications that you need to have studied at school, though it is helpful to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s or GCSEs in maths, English or technology or equivlent such as BTEC, Welsh Baccalaureate, WJEC in Construction. You will need to be aged 18 or over to work on-site in demolition. It is helpful to get on-site experience first, perhaps as a labourer. Your employer may then be willing to train you in demolition. A construction apprenticeship with a demolition firm is a common way to enter the field. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales.