Brochure Dispels Myths About Demolition Industry

Staff | September 28, 2010

Doylestown, Pa.— Demolition contractors and other professionals involved in the demolition industry find that widespread myths persist about their industry and the nature of the work they do. Do demolition contractors primarily implode or "blow up" buildings? Do they recycle materials or deliver everything to landfills?

These and other questions are answered in the brochure 10 Common Misconceptions About The Demolition Industry, available free from the National Demolition Association at

The full-color, 16-page brochure sets the record straight, addressing the misconceptions head on, such as:

  • Demolition specialists destroy many structures that should be saved.
  • Contractors overcrowd landfills.
  • Demolition is a dangerous business.
  • Demolition is simply a matter of knocking down buildings.

The list of misunderstandings was compiled from a survey of professionals in the demolition industry who encounter a frustrating lack of knowledge about their industry on the part of the public, and even some government regulators.

By the way, the answer to the first question is "No. Implosions account for less than 1 percent of all demolition work done worldwide."

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing more than 1,100 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill and salvage operations. The association's efforts help members stay abreast of regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The phone number is (800) 541-2412.