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The Basics of Site Clearance


Working with N.D Brown on a site clearance operation will ensure you meet the highest industry standards of safety and productivity

We will give you an efficient and timely establishment of the site, and the provision of facilities for contractors, visitors, and clients. We will also help you to safeguard members of the public and the surrounding environment.

What is Site Clearance?

Generally speaking,  site clearing is the princess by which a building or construction site is cleared following the successful completion of a job. Rubble, debris, and other material are removed from the premises to make the area safe for human habitation. 

In certain cases, this definition can be stretched to include the effort of removing debris from an area following a natural disaster or emergency. For example, there was a period of site clearance following the earthquakes in Christ Church, New Zealand and the flooding in Boscastle, Cornwall in 2004. 

How Is Site Clearance Undertaken?

The first part of the site clearance process involves determining which materials left on-site can be reused again in the future. For example, it’s common for old paving materials and other hard stone to be broken down into aggregate. This aggregate can be used in the future to form the basis for surfacing materials, such as bound resin. Once these materials have been catalogued, they are removed from the site and placed in a suitable storage area. 

At the same time as these materials are being removed, facilities for the site clearance crew will be established. These facilities include storage, offices, and appropriate safety equipment. To protect the clearance crew’s property, security fences will be erected.

Any hazardous materials, such as caustic or carcinogenic chemicals or gas, need to be kept secure and clearly marked for storage or disposal. These storage areas must have adequate security measures in place to deter theft or interference. 

The time it takes to clear the site is variable. Depending on the amount of material that needs to be cleared and the presence of any reusable/hazardous materials, the process can take anywhere from a single day to several months. 

Completing Site Clearance

Once your site clearance is complete, the site manager will inform the landowner. Temporary fences, office buildings, and hygiene areas will be disassembled. All warning, hazard, and safety notices will be taken down and any alterations to the environment which have been the construction will be reinstated.

HGV Hire From N.D. Brown

For over ten years, N.D. Brown has provided our clients throughout the UK with high-quality HGV and industrial vehicle hire. Whether you’re looking for cage tippers or 4×4 pickup trucks, we can provide you with what you need. Our vehicles have been used in a variety of industries – including waste removal and construction. 

If you have any questions about site clearance and how our tipper hire vehicles can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch now.

About ND Brown

ND Brown Ltd is a specialist independent truck rental and sales company of over 40 years’ standing. Owned and operated by the same dedicated management team since its inception, ND Brown’s efforts are focused on supplying the utility, civil engineering, municipal and highway maintenance industries with high-quality modern HGV vehicles for both short and long-term self-drive hire.

From our sales division, we also sell a wide, but specialised range of new and used commercial vehicles.

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