Asbestos-cleaning robot revolutionizes safe asbestos removal in Florida demolition project

15 Jul 2015 by under News

robot Asbestos cleaning robot revolutionizes safe asbestos removal in Florida demolition projectClearing out asbestos during the demolition of an old building just got much safer and simpler with the creation of an asbestos-cleaning robot. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the asbestos-cleaning robot is being used as part of a demolition project at the former Pensacola News Journal building in .

“It’s not really time-saving,” Andrew Rothfeder, president of Studer Properties, said about the innovative asbestos-cleaning robot. “It’s doing it in a way that is the most environmentally friendly.”

Asbestos is not hazardous if left undamaged, but when it is broken or crushed, such as in a demolition project, it can release microscopic fibers that may be inhaled or ingested. If this type of exposure were to occur, it can lead to the development of , a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, in rare cases, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

Since asbestos are a threat to public health and worker safety, asbestos handling, removal and disposal is strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

In order to remove the asbestos debris from the old news building, the robot utilizes a high-pressure water sprayer to blast away the layer of stucco separating facades. Then, the robot uses its vacuum hose to suck up any asbestos debris that may have appeared as a result of the spraying. The asbestos-cleaning robot has been in use by the demolition crew since mid-June and is expected to finish the job within the next two weeks of work.

“As the asbestos remediation happens, the demolition company is coming behind them and tearing down the portions of the building that the robot finishes,” Rothfeder said.

Studer Properties is responsible for purchasing the site currently under demolition in 2013 for about $3.4 million. An apartment complex will be constructed on the site once the demolition is finished. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.

Source: Pensacola News Journal


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