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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LIUNA Training and Education Fund | Evaluated Learning Experience

Demolition and Deconstruction DEMO

Course Category: 

32 hours.

LIUNA Pomfret, CT, and other LIUNA approved training centers

April 2011 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define demolition and list three reasons for demolition activities; define three primary types of building demolition: mechanical demolition, “gut-out” demolition, and explosive demolition; define the concept of “deconstruction,” how it differs from demolition and why it can be preferable to demolition; identify at least three types of structures that may be subject to demolition; list at least three reasons why preplanning a demolition project is important and demonstrate the ability to complete the main requirements of a demolition work plan; identify at least two plans (other than a demolition work plan) needed to support a demolition project and define who is responsible for their implementation; state the importance of noise control and list at least three techniques for minimizing noise during demolition activities; describe two types of environmental issues that are important for demolition planning; list at least six general safety issues that are relevant during demolition operations; list at least four examples of special personal protective equipment that may be required when performing demolition or deconstruction activities and explain why; list and describe at least six hazardous materials typically found on a demolition/deconstruction job site where they are found, and what to do if you find them; describe at least three weather related hazards that may impact safety on a demolition/deconstruction job site and explain how to protect yourself from these hazards; identify at least four physical hazards that may be encountered on a demolition or deconstruction job and what you must do to make them safe; name at least three examples of confined spaces found on a demolition/deconstruction job site; name at least three types of emergencies and explain what should be done in each type of emergency; describe where to find the company’s emergency response plan; identify the OSHA regulations that apply to demolition site operations; state the purpose of site control; given a layout and options, demonstrate the purpose and application of barricades, warning tape, traffic cones, etc., when used during demolition/deconstruction activities; name three ways to increase effective site security to prevent damage and loss; list and describe the five main types of site control measures for a demolition or deconstruction project; name seven hazards to demolition workers posed by working around utilities; identify hazards that are posed by non-utility piping, such as sewers and chemical process lines, in industrial plants and explain how the risk can be reduced; explain why all utilities must be considered “live” until they are clearly disconnected or isolated; list common lockout/tagout procedures when working around electrical equipment; given a utility, identify who commonly is called on to locate its components; list at least four steps to take in the event of an emergency connected to utilities; describe the factors that impact the type of equipment selected for use in mechanical demolitions; list at least five safety considerations when working around mechanical demolitions; name eight types of equipment used for demolition and describe the capability of each; name at least four key roles that laborers play during mechanical demolition activities; list the five general types of special working conditions; list at least two hazards that may be encountered when performing water demolition work over and/or around water and describe ways to minimize the risks; describe the three different methods of chimney demolition; identify and describe at least three structural post-disaster hazards; identify and describe at least three biological post-disaster hazards; define deconstruction and demolition and explain how they differ; name three different types of demolition and describe each; list at least 10 commonly recoverable building materials and components; name at least five recyclable materials that can be recovered from building deconstruction; name at least four types of salvageable equipment; describe the typical sequence of deconstruction; list at least three safety issues and three safety measures related to performing deconstruction work; demonstrate the ability to remove several salvageable materials without damage.


Major topics include: planning projects, mechanical demolition equipment, material handling, site control, and special conditions that sometimes exist during this work. Particular attention is paid to safety in all aspects of the work.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate /associate degree category,  2 semester hours in Construction Methods and Materials, Construction Safety or Construction Technology (4/16) (4/21 revalidation).