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Demolition project helps Oak Ridge National Library to become a cleaner, safer place

Contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Safety and Ecology Corporation (SEC) recently demolished four structures in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project.

The demolished building at one time processed radioisotopes, making it a safety concern for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since the outer structure of the facility was removed in 2010. The demolition completely removed the building's 3026 C side.

Workers are preparing two more structures for demolition, which when completed, will bring an end to the project that has been funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The bulk of the waste that has been taken from the site has been shipped away, and workers are now cleaning the foundation for final radiological surveys.

"We are pleased with the most recent progress on this project, considering it was one of the most pressing risks to the workforce and ongoing research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory," said Sue Cange, acting assistant manager for Environmental Management.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), demolition work involves serious hazards, many of which are similar to the construction industry. Protect demolition workers by providing hard hats, work gloves, respiratory protection, and other safety products.