The most terrifying thing on a job site is when workers get creative with heavy machinery. Sometimes it works out and nobody thinks anything of it, but, if they’re not extremely careful, chaos can’t break loose.
Such is the case with the skid steer operator below. In the video uploaded to Youtube by r4du94, you’ll see a skid steer perform a reverse wheelie and use it’s bucket arm to lifts it’s back wheels onto a pick-up truck, as the truck backs up towards it. Luckily, it worked out that time, but what if it didn’t?
“They don’t build ‘em like they used to,” as people love to say. That phrase could definitely be applicable to the 93 year old Broadway Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas, that refused to fall even after it was lined with explosives. This certainly isn’t the first time a demolition has failed and it’s probably not the last.
The Onion, the fake news site known equally for its amazing funny satire as its poignant social commentary, has been entertaining people and confusing others into thinking their content is real since 1988. In recent years, the Onion has evolved from simply print media, to audio and visual content, as well. In one of their recent series, Sportology, which parodies ESPN’s Sport Science, the company absolutely skewered the reported terrible working conditions that Brazilian construction workers faced while completing the venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 11 workers were killed over the course of the projects and there were many infractions reported that some workers had 23 hour shifts or worked 25 days straight.
The story of David vs. Goliath is an inspiration to many people in the world and apparently even more so to one man from Finland. With motivations still unknown today, the guy tried and tried to break an excavator by repeatedly throwing rocks at the machine. Was he mad at the machine? Perhaps it looked at him funny. Was he mad at the excavator operator? That’s a more likely scenario, but the operator wasn’t having any of it.
If positioned the right way, paper is known to give some pretty mean paper cuts, so say to the office tethered thrill seekers of the world. Try to cut wood by running a sheet of paper against it, however, and you’ll end up a mangled piece of paper. But, perhaps we’ve been using paper the wrong way all along. Maybe it’s a metaphor for life, put an object or a person in the wrong situation and get poor results, but put them in the right situation and you’ll reap the rewards.
First, let me formally apologize to our non-American readers for calling the sport Soccer, but, since it is Olympics time, I have to stay loyal to my country. As soccer is the world’s most popular sport, many would argue that no changes need to be made to improve it. Well, a group of people have taken it upon themselves to create a super intense and over-the-top version of the game that I think all of us Construction Junkies will enjoy.
“Shake Hands With Danger,” as the below safety video from 1980 is called, will ignite your nostalgia for the decade and maybe even give you a few laughs. No matter how cheesy it can get at points, It will also remind you how important it is to conduct your business safely.
If you’ve played Jenga before, you know that it can get pretty intense as the blocks start to get a little wobbly. A typical Jenga block dimension is 0.59 in x 0.98 in x 2.95 in, and weighs ounces, so if the tower falls, the stakes aren’t really that severe, other than a humiliating loss to your friend, family member, or mortal enemy. Now, multiply that size by 10,000 and you get the scale of the Jenga pieces that CAT put together for their #BuiltForIt campaign.
Demolition videos are fun to watch (we obviously love them at Construction Junkie), so there are plenty of people willing to film them as well. Getting the perfect angle is key and many are now using drones to get a bird’s eye view of implosions. The videographer below wasn’t so lucky when he chose his spot, as a bus pulled right in front of his camera as soon as a 24-story building in Scotland was about to collapse.
For some reason, there are plenty of people out there willing to try their hand at the “hard hat challenge,” in which worker’s attempt to launch a hard hat onto their head by stomping on a shovel, a 2x4, or any other launching mechanism. It all seems like fun and games until the wrong side of that hard hat ends up hitting you on top of the head, which seems to happen EVERY TIME.