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.
Mistakes during demolitions happen. Sometimes contractors knock down the wrong buildings, other times the explosives used don’t knock the building over, and other demolitions are carried out with a complete lack of regard for human life. As fun as they are to perform and watch, they’re inherently dangerous and there should be a plan in place in case things go wrong.
Construction sites can often be some pretty spooky places, especially when unexpected items and creatures, like human remains, are found on the property. They can also be the site of some heavy superstition, like at several projects in Iceland that were believed to be delayed by hidden elves. But, according to one contractor, there’s something especially spooky about the childhood home of serial killer Ted Bundy.
Cranes collapse for a variety of different reasons. Some are overloaded, some catch on fire, and others succumb to high wind loads. Regardless of the reason, a falling crane can cause tons of damage and have the potential to kill on-site workers and pedestrians walking near the job site.
A recent crawler crane collapse in Northern Italy could have been much worse as the crane, carrying a large section of viaduct, crashed to the ground.
On January 1, 2017, OSHA officially put into effect a revision to workplace injury and illness reporting that requires certain employers to submit recorded information of these instances electronically. Companies were to submit all of this information from the previous year (2016) by July 1, 2017, but now that due date is in jeopardy.
There’s no shortage of company’s trying to improve the world’s roadways. Asphalt and concrete each have their own disadvantages, especially when maintenance environmental factors are taken into consideration. Plastic is a major problem for landfills, as well, as it can take an estimated 500 years to fully decompose. One UK company believes they can solve both maintenance and environmental problems through the use of recycled plastic.
According to the US Department of Labor (US DOL), the construction industry has the highest rate of current drug users (15.6%) as compared to any other industry in the United States. As the city of New York grapples with trying to reduce their alarming rate of injuries and fatalities on construction sites, the New York chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has proposed that lawmakers add mandatory drug and alcohol testing for construction workers to the law books, according to the New York Daily News.
Feeling the pressure of 9 straight quarters with a decline in total revenue, Caterpillar has acquired the equipment sharing startup, Yard Club, to get help dig themselves out of the dirt. Their most recent quarter was the company’s first positive revenue quarter since November of 2012.
I’m a firm believer that before robots start taking over construction jobs, we’ll first be working with robotics to make workers more efficient and our job sites more functional. Instead of using 3D printing robots to build an entire project, why not use them first to create intricate details and bring character back to buildings? Instead of pushing human labor out of the way, why not use robotics to enhance the abilities of our workers, to improve their health and productivity? With rise in development commercial exoskeletons, workers will soon be able to harness additional strength by just slipping on a suit.
Traffic in Atlanta sucks, there’s really no other way to say it. So imagine the tough position commuters and city officials were put in when a bridge of a major highway on the north side of the city caught fire on March 20, 2017 and was damaged beyond repair. 243,000 motorists were forced to find alternate routes to work for the estimated 3 months that it was going to take to rebuild it. Now, imagine how thrilled they were when the highway opened back up one month ahead of schedule.
Last year, Tesla announced a new disruptive product to the market in the form of solar roof shingles. Unlike traditional solar roof panels, these shingles mimic the look of traditional terra cotta, clay, and slate tiles, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look. This week, the company began taking pre-orders for the roof shingles and also released a cost calculator.