How Covid-19 Affected Demolition Companies
Demolition companies have changed due to this and we’re seeing how they’ve adapted to this new world. We’ll be looking at how Covid-19 affected demolition companies and what they’ve done during this pandemic.
Covid-19 has put the world on lockdown since its breakout in 2020 with multiple countries issuing stay-at-home alerts and mandatory quarantines that have been detrimental to smaller local businesses that depend on their local customers. As Covid-19 starts to let up and vaccinations are rolling out, we’re seeing more and more restrictions being lifted in certain areas with lower numbers, yet demolition companies still have the same problems as before.
Restrictions like distancing and masks have kept people inside and stagnated any possible projects they were looking to commence as their safety is their priority, and this is more than recommended during this pandemic. Demolition companies have changed due to this and we’re seeing how they’ve adapted to this new world. We’ll be looking at how Covid-19 affected demolition companies and what they’ve done during this pandemic.
Safety, and Health Concerns
Health and safety have always been the main component of a demolition company. Being safe is key in their jobs, and their demolition services stay true to this by abiding by all regulations and laws put in place to keep their workers, their clients, and the surrounding public safe. In this world of Covid-19, being safe has become an even larger priority and demolition companies have adapted quickly since the “official” beginning of the pandemic. Many different companies have immediately stuck to all regulations set by Covid-19 such as wearing a mask, distancing when possible, screening beforehand, sanitization of work areas, and proper personal protective equipment (other than masks) being worn. They’ve begun to implement training and re-training on procedures during demolition jobs to keep to these regulations and laws.
Safety has always been a major factor within demolition, and despite Covid-19 being a pandemic that created a new normal today, demolition companies have adapted properly and still offer their demolition services while abiding by the regulations set down.
Despite all this, however, there were still many projects that were halted and delayed due to the pandemic. Approximately 20%-30% of all demolition jobs experienced a delay for up to 4 months due to the pandemic. Although this was a problem, a large percentage still showed their projects could continue along with schedule, granted that they were following the new rules and regulations that were still be implemented.
Covid-19 restricting workers to staying home meant that some projects were delayed. A large majority of jobs became work-from-home jobs as they were not considered essential. Demolition is a job that is impossible to do from home which should go without saying. Many demolition companies reported a decrease in employees which resulted in the need to hire more.
During the beginning of the pandemic, this would have been very difficult to do, as most were staying indoors for their safety. No companies blamed their employees for leaving, after all, safety is the priority of all demolition companies. But a decrease in employees, meant possibly taking on fewer jobs and a decrease in revenue.
Adapting to this employee decrease due to Covid-19, demolition companies found a way to continue to take on jobs. Social distancing created a type of restriction for on-site workers, allowing for longer times on demolition projects to be quoted and still the same amount of work to be done. Retaining the employees did mean that it was possible to keep taking jobs as only a certain number of workers could go on-site, and a longer timeline was understandable due to these restrictions.
Despite adapting, the new normal world that we find ourselves in today still negatively affected the demolition industry. Demolition companies' biggest assets are their employees. The training and experience that their workers bring to the table are irreplaceable to them and since safety is big within demolition, protecting employees at all costs is key. Keeping these employees safe meant possible layoffs. Workers had already been leaving due to the pandemic but the number of workers still present meant that they could only have a certain amount on-site which resulted in either pay cuts for everyone or lay-offs.
The financial problems that have come forward due to Covid-19 are present in both the workers and the equipment. Around a quarter of demolition companies have said that they have reduced their spending on equipment because of the lowered revenue being brought in. So many people being home at all times meant there wasn’t much of a need for a demolition project to commence, or they decided to do it themselves at home. They had the time on their hands, so they decided to use it for themselves, which was best for their safety. Unfortunately, it affected the demolition industry as now fewer clients were looking for demolition services. Demolition companies now have been more cautious with their spending than ever before, as they must make sure they can pay their employees a proper salary.
Some demolition companies have taken the opposite route and invested more into new equipment during these times. Having this new equipment meant being able to take on bigger jobs, which assists in paying employees. Their demolition services became able to expand out into further areas and larger projects due to the newer equipment bought. Although there are negatives to Covid-19, some companies decided to take that negative and turn it into a positive.
There were many different industries affected by Covid-19 and demolition companies were included in this too. Although Covid-19 continues in our world, demolition companies have continued to work within their restrictions and still offer their demolition services. If you’re looking for demolition services, make sure to check with your local demolition company about the regulations they follow to keep yourself safe.