Construction work can unearth some pretty interesting items. Think about it, many project begin with a piece of previously undeveloped land or land that hasn’t been touched for decades. Sometimes the discoveries can be pretty awesome, like 1300 pounds of Ancient Roman Coins, but other times, the discoveries can be downright SPOOKY. Since today is Halloween, the spookiest of all the days, we’re going to take you through the 9 spookiest things found on a jobsite this year.
1. Human Bones
A crew at a Hillsdale, Missouri construction site made a startling discovery after one of their trucks got stuck in a field in January. After finding what appeared to be a human leg bone, the workers called 911 and authorities began an investigation. Through the use of cadaver dogs, a medical examiner, and a crime scene unit, a human skull was also uncovered. The good news was that no foul play was expected in the death of the person and the medical examiner’s office believes the remains may be historic.
Full story: Human bones found at construction site in Hillsdale | KMOV
As contractors in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois were demolishing a site to make way for condos, a nearby neighbor noticed something startling in the soil stockpiles: tombstones and fragments of wood, which looked like caskets. The neighbor then called ABC7 in Illinois to investigate the findings. According to both the contractors on site and the nearby cemetery, no bodies were buried in the caskets. A crises was definitely averted since there were no bodies on the site, but jobsite workers should be educated to stop work when such a discovery is made and contact officials to investigate.
Full story: Tombstones Uncovered on Oakbrook Terrace Construction Site Raise Questions | ABC7
3. A 33 Foot Long Anaconda
After blowing up a cave in preparation of work on the Belo Monte Dam, a HUMONGOUS 33 foot long (10m), 881 pound (400kg), and 3.2 foot diameter (1m) anaconda emerged from the darkness, according to the video description posted by Weird Animals. Although the actual dimensions of the snake have not yet been confirmed, the crew shot some video of the reptile for the world to see. It’s not known if the explosion killed the snake or if the workers killed it, but it unfortunately seems to be dead in the video.
Full story: Brazilian Construction Workers Find 33 Foot Long Anaconda on Job Site | Construction Junkie
4. A Severed Head
If bones and tombstones weren’t spooky enough for you, how about finding 1 severed head on your jobsite? After spoils had been removed from a construction site in Sharnbrook, Bedforshire, England and transported to a Quarry in Cambridgeshire, a worker discovered the remains of the head. It’s not yet known how the head ended up on site, but they believe the man could have been hit by a train and the head became stuck in a nearby bridge. Officials think the head could have been there for anywhere between 10 and 50 years.
Full story: Severed head found in Cambridgeshire quarry may be that of accident victim | The Guardian
5. A Young Girl’s Casket
As contractor’s were working on a home renovation in San Fransisco, California, they came across what looked to be a small casket. As it turns out, the home location was the former site of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which had been moved to Colma, California in the 1930s. Well, so they thought. According to CBS, these caskets, which were buried around 120 years ago, turn up in residential construction progress every once in a while. The owner of the home worked with an organization called Garden of Innocence, which helps to bury unidentified children, after the city would not allow a re-burial without a death certificate.
6. Hundreds of Rats
This is the stuff that many peoples’ nightmares are made of. While demolishing some concrete in Brazil, workers uncovered a hundreds of rats living beneath the floors. With each chunk of concrete removed, more rats would emerge and scurry away. You can check out the video below:
Full story: [VIDEO] Demolition Nightmare: Hundreds of Rats Found Living Under Concrete in Brazil | Construction Junkie
7. A Black Bear
Finding rats may be a little unsettling, but a bear on the jobsite can really get your heart pumping. For this one, fright was really only the reaction made by one unsuspecting prank victim. While minding his own business and walking past a job trailer, a construction worker looks to his right to find what he believes is a black bear. It’s really only one of his mean co-workers dressed as a bear, but the worker had already sprinted away as to not be eaten. The rest of us can a pretty good laugh out of it.
Caterpillar is not resting on what made it successful in the past anymore and probably for good reason. The equipment manufacturing giant recently bought Yard Club, a heavy construction equipment sharing company, looking to take advantage of the recently popularized sharing economy. Earlier this month, Caterpillar invested $2 million in Fastbrick Robotics, an Australian robotic technology company.
Augmented and Virtual Reality has always been designated for large headsets. Even with recent developments in the construction industry, like Microsoft Hololens and the DAQRI Smart Helmet, if you want to experience AR, you have to get used to wearing something you’re not used to around a job site. As cool as both of those technologies are, it seems that the ole trusty smartphones and tablets have been overlooked. A Danish BIM company has developed a smartphone and tablet application that leaves the headsets behind.
Just last November, a massive Five-Alarm fire rocked a multi-story residential building that was almost 80% complete at the time, completely destroying the project. This month, yet another multi-story residential tower that was almost complete caught fire, making it the 5th in 5 year to suffer the same fate. At least 3 of the previous 3 fires have been ruled as arson but, up to this point, no arrests for any of the previous arsons have been made.
Buildings are demolished all the time in order to make way for new construction. The buildings that are demolished have usually lived out their useful life and are no longer functional. Recently a demolition video resurfaced, which shows a 27 story building in China being imploded. The strange thing is that, since it was finished in 1999, the building had never even been used.
In January of 2017, OSHA released a final rule which greatly reduced the allowable exposure to beryllium, a mineral that can cause deadly lung disease. While not as commonly encountered in the construction industry as other substances that cause terrible lung diseases, like crystalline silica and asbestos, beryllium is linked to a disease called chronic beryllium disease, which kills around 100 people each year. It’s commonly found in coal slag, which is used for sandblasting. According to the New York Times, OSHA estimates that 11,500 construction workers would be affected by OSHA’s reduced exposure limit.
There are a lot of people that would be pretty unhappy with whoever tears down a 98 foot tall, 105 year old tree to make room for a building expansion. In order for most projects to work financially, however, many trees are uprooted and replaced with smaller trees. That’s not what happened with what is believed to be the state of Idaho’s largest sequoia tree, however.
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As recently highlighted by several multi-story building fires, contractors should always be prepared in the event a fire starts on a job site. There have been dozens multi-story building fires in the past few years and many were started when the building was topped out. In most cases, the project was completely destroyed, leaving developers and owners to deal with years of delays from insurance claims. A massive five-alarm fire at an Oakland construction site is one of the more recent examples.
It’s pretty amazing all of the things that smartphones can do right now. While some wish phones would go back to “just making dang blasted phone calls, like the good ole days,” it’s clear that phone’s will always be more than that moving forward. Through apps and other attachments, phones can now turn into a thermal imagine camera, an x-ray vision scanner to see what’s behind walls, a laser measure, and now an augmented reality tape measure.
In a year that OSHA can’t seem to enforce any new rules, it appears to have found a way to remove a rule from its books. As announced last week, OSHA has removed monorail hoists from Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction. Employers are still required to follow other OSHA regulations regarding the hoists, but this rule should help clear up some inconsistencies.