When it rains, it pours, so they say. No person knows that more right now than Tim Phifer, an Alabama demolition contractor.
After surviving a 2.6 million pound smoke stack collapsing directly on top of the cab of his excavator, Phifer ran into legal trouble and health problems, according to reports by WVTM in Alabama. The smoke stack came down when Phifer was attempting to weaken the base, after two failed attempts at implosion. More on that collapse can be found on our previous post about it here.
The operator was able to feel lucky for just a short time until, according to WVTM, an investigation revealed that Phifer’s state permit for possession of explosives had expired. That’s a felony charge, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Phifer did, however, have a valid federal explosive license.
Soon after Phifer posted bail, WVTM then reported he had been hospitalized after a heart attack. It’s been a rough few weeks for Phifer and his family, we can only hope it doesn’t get any worse.
For the full story and the video of the news report, visit: http://www.wvtm13.com/news/contractor-responsible-for-pell-city-smokestack-demolition-hospitalized/36883770
Here’s the video of the smoke stack collapse if you haven’t seen it before. Drone footage captured by Kevin Anderson.
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.