The Brokk made the job safe by removing all workers from the demolition site, with only one operator needed to control the machine from a safe distance away. Without it, crews with jackhammers would have been hoisted to the roof, where there was significant risk of falling. And, because of Florida’s extreme September temperatures, heat exhaustion or heat stroke were real possibilities.
Once True-Line knocked down the ceilings of all four structures, Kimmins was able to crush what remained of the sides of the structures, again pushing the debris safely into the interior where it could then be removed from the site. The entire project took approximately two months to complete.
True-Line meets Brokk
True-Line Coring and Cutting has been using Brokks on a weekly basis for the past 11 years for a variety of projects, from knocking out warehouse walls to allow for additions to removing interior stairwells to demolishing entire buildings from the inside out. But Alexander was a latecomer.
Ron Dailey, who runs the True-Line Coring and Cutting office in Nashville, was the first within the company to buy a Brokk. “Ron was calling me constantly, telling me about the Brokk machines, saying that I needed to get one,” Alexander said. He was skeptical, but flew from Tampa to Nashville to watch the Brokk in action. He was impressed, but still hesitant. Then an ad headline caught his eye.
“Brokk Does The Work of 20 Men With No Workers’ Comp Claims.”
“What really appealed to me were the capabilities of the machines without the risk of injuries,” Alexander said. He purchased a Brokk 180, and the machine opened avenues of business that True-Line wasn’t able to safely pursue before.
Brokks are ideal for work in confined spaces; they’re small enough to fit into tight spots, and since they’re electric powered there is no potentially harmful exhaust. In addition, operators can run the machines from a distance, away from potentially dangerous situations. Since he made that first purchase, Brokks have boosted jobsite safety and efficiency and diversified the company’s workload. Alexander has since added a Brokk 90 and a second Brokk 180 to his fleet, and he says the company often gets work specifically because of their capabilities.
“We would do some demolition work prior to getting the Brokk machine, but that was all done by handheld tools such as jack hammers,” he said. “It wasn’t efficient, and because it put operators in the line of the work, it left the door open for injuries.”
In the majority of its projects, True-Line uses its Brokks in conjunction with its concrete cutting operations.