There is an important process involved in any form of construction, from a basic remodel to an extension, to a large-scale building project. The foundation is thorough site preparation. Site preparation, including site clearance, lays the groundwork for both safe and successful construction. Failure to do so can lead to serious delays or hinder a project altogether. What does site clearance involve? Site clearance is the process of removing accumulated waste from above and below ground in a particular area, such as rubble, debris, and in some cases, dangerous materials to create a safe and clean working environment. This is typically undertaken when a worksite needs to be prepared for future development or following the demolition of buildings. There are a variety of other, more extreme situations that also require site clearance, such as natural disasters. The first step of the site clearance process is a site investigation survey, which acts as a risk assessment to determine whether the land is safe to build on. The purpose of the investigation is to collect relevant information, assess the data and report on any potential hazards before any work can go ahead. Following a site investigation survey, the scale of the site clearance will depend on the purpose of the site. This could include the demolition of old structures, as well as the removal of trees and vegetation, rocks, topsoil, waste building materials, and any other rubbish present, some of which might even be underground. Once the site has been cleared, additional preparation methods can go ahead. The importance of site clearance The number one purpose of site clearance is the removal of any waste, or obstacles, from a designated site. However, the number one benefit of this professional service is safety. Site clearance can include the removal of potentially hazardous materials, and this could be anything from asbestos to contaminated soil, or even chemicals. In order to ensure the safety of all workers, site clearance should be conducted by professionals who use strict procedures to remove, transport and dispose of waste. The proper disposal of waste is another reason why professional site clearance is so important. There was a time when landfill was the top choice for construction waste, but thankfully, times have since changed. Trusting your site clearance to an expert crew will reduce the risk of fly-tipping, and ensure that the waste removed will have a minimal environmental impact. For example, DES Holdings separate all waste streams to maximise recycling and ensure as little material as possible ends up in landfill. Legal requirements for site clearance Site clearance requires thorough planning, and getting the appropriate professionals involved will ensure that you stay on the right side of the law. Not only do organisations have health and safety responsibilities under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, but there are also a range of guidelines that specifically apply to site clearance, including the transportation of debris and disposal of waste material. By employing a reputable organisation, such as DES Holdings, you can be confident that the relevant licenses and permits, such as a waste carriers’ licence, have been obtained, and that all safety regulations are followed to the letter. Get in touch today for advice on site clearance for your next construction project, or to speak to a member of our highly skilled team about our full range of professional, cost-effective services.