Before the work can begin in Japan to rebuild the country, large parts of the north of the country will have to be effectively levelled in order to begin work and that brings its own problems, as well as the need for comprehensive demolition insurance.
Construction companies have demolition insurance to protect not only their own workers, but also to protect people who come into contact with the work being carried out.
The problem in Japan will not only be the potential of radioactive contamination in certain areas, but also the issue of small scale pollution which the Tsunami will have caused as it swept away homes, offices, factories and all manner of dumps.
Think for a moment about the wave that hit the Japanese shore and how it swept away all before it, and think of all the materials, waste and chemicals that the water would collect on its relentless march through the towns and villages. It will have collected human waste, petrol, diesel, oil, waste medical materials and all manner of other toxic wastes.
And all that pollution will have been deposited over the whole area, with fields as well as streets and playgrounds all being subjected to harmful materials.
Building land is basically classified into two sections: green and brown. Green land is fields and areas that have had no previous buildings, or workings anywhere near them (virgin land in other words). Brown land will have been contaminated to some degree either by previous buildings, industrial property, or mine workings. In other words, it has been worked before and so therefore might be harmful to the construction teams that are there to start building.
This is why demolition insurance is so important to construction companies.
And before any work can begin in earnest, there has to be a full assessment as to the quality of the land. Engineers and surveyors have to determine the quality of the land and how it should be classified.
In the case of Japan, it’s likely that the Government will want this part of the process in place very quickly. Their priority will be the construction of the lost communities, so taking time analysing the ground will have to be conducted as speedily as possible to ensure that people are able to once again move into their homes and out of shelters.
And for the demolition companies who will be called into clear the ground for work to start, they will need to be reassured that they have the correct demolition insurance in place to be able to work safely and quickly in what will be a challenging environment. All parties will want to ensure that no delay happens when building work starts, but that does not mean short cuts will be allowed, especially when the safety of workers, as well as future occupants, has to be a priority.