Some say the news is all doom and gloom, and, for the most part, they’re right. People respond to controversy and negativity, but there is always room to highlight the positive things in the world. Throughout the year, we’ve compiled a list of positive stories that prove that construction workers aren’t just the cat-calling, hard headed men that we’re so often portrayed as.
If you know of any others, please share with us in the comments!
1. They Stop People from Being Killed
In November, the University of California, Merced Campus was under attack by a man wielding a knife. Four people were stabbed in the attack, and many say that Byron Price, a construction worker remodeling a waiting room at the college at the time, saved one of the victim’s lives. When he heard yelling, CBS news reports, he ran toward the commotion and when he got there, the suspect attacked him and ran away before being able to do anymore damage to the first victim. All four of the victims were treated at local hospitals and survived, but the suspect was later killed by police.
Here’s an interview with Price from NBC News:
2. They Save Kittens from Dumpsters
When construction worker Kelly Goranson heard some meowing coming from a nearby dumpster, he found a roughly six week out kitten that couldn’t move due to hardened paint and concrete. Goranson was then able to get enough concrete off of the kitten’s paws in order for little Kelly, the name given to the kitten, to walk again. She was then taken to a vet to be treated and is now with a foster family until a permanent home can be found.
News story from KVV 11 in Fargo North Dakota
3. They Help Their Neighbors in Need
Ken and Susan Sylianou, longtime restaurateurs in Michigan who fed thousands of needy people over the years. After a tree had fallen on their restaurant the previous spring, their roof had still not been fixed, which caused roof leaks and mold growth in the restroom. When Greg Tittle, owner of Tittle Construction, saw the damage, he couldn’t walk away from it. He completely remodeled the restroom for no charge.
Full story from The News-Herald: Construction company helps out well-known Flat Rock couple in need
4. They Stop People from Committing Suicide
After reportedly having an argument with her husband, a Chinese woman decided that she would end her life by jumping off a roof of a building. Just before she jumps, several construction workers grab her and pull her away from the ledge to safety. It gets a little intense, as she’s just dangling over the edge for a while as the workers try to pull her up. It’s an incredible video.
5. They Support Sick Children
A 2 year-old named Vivian in St. Louis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia earlier this year. Every day, she would look out her hospital window and wave until one of the construction workers that were working on a renovation across the street would wave back. One day, Vivian didn’t have to wait for a wave back, when a couple of iron workers wrote her a note in a steel support beam. Sometimes little messages can make all the difference in the world.
Full story: Construction Workers' Sweet Note To Sick Tot Is The Strongest Support Beam | Huffington Post
6. They Help the Police Subdue a Suspected Larcenist
After a suspected larcenist tried to flee from a police officer, two Boston construction workers helped bring the man into custody. Ned Flood and Robert Doyle were later given an honor by the Boston Police Department for their heroics in the arrest. The arrest was captured on CCTV footage, which you can watch below:
The world’s infrastructure is crumbling, so we’re seeing a rise in bridges that need to be replaced. That’s good news for the companies that build those bridges and for those of us that enjoy a good demolition video. People have certainly gotten more creative with how these demolitions are filmed and this latest video your about to see gives you the ability to see the same demolition from 4 different angles and in different speeds.
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.
Heavy construction machinery is not supposed to fall over, but when they do, it causes a lot of damage. The video below, shared by LiveLeak, shows a concrete mix truck falling off of an under construction ramp roughly 15 feet above. It’s believed to be the video originates in Thailand, but we’re not able to confirm that.
It certainly has not been a good month for front end wheel loader operators. First, there was this video of two cars getting crushed for blocking a construction exit and then there was this crazy video of six wheel loaders getting into a street fight. To top it off, everyone keeps calling the wheel loaders in the videos bulldozers!
Well, it’s a tough time to be a heavy equipment operator in China, apparently. Last week, we posted a video that shows a wheel loader operator crushes two cars for getting in his way. Now, it’s wheel loader versus wheel loader in the most intense machinery fight I’ve ever seen.
Wind has been used for over a thousand years, with the first known windmill built between 500-900 AD in Persia (known as Iran, today). For centuries to come, wind would be used to power grain mills and scoop up water out of a river or stream. Surprisingly, the first windmill, or wind turbine, to actually produce electricity was built way back in 1887 in Scotland. Inventor James Blyth used the turbine to power his vacation home.
Many people throughout the world have made hobbies and even careers out of repairing and restoring antique cars and trucks, but what about antique construction equipment? Due to the sheer size and weight of the machines of the past, it places of major limitations on their collect-ability to be sure. At least one man has taken it upon himself to collect them before we lose them all.
In a legal battle that has lasted for more than 8 years, a farmer in Salfords, Surrey, England has been ordered by the High Courts to tear down the house he built in 2002. It’s an extremely bizarre story that ended with the threat of jail time.
A nicely performed demolition is extremely fun to watch, but they don’t always go according to plans, unfortunately. When things start going badly, you can just hope that no one gets injured. Thankfully, even though the demolition in the video below went horribly wrong, no one was injured.
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.