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.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.
As the US is experiencing our own natural disaster, by way of Hurricane Florence, China is being hit badly by a Typhoon Mangkhut. According to Independent, the storm has caused a crane, which was being used on a 22-story housing development, to crumble. That collapse was caught on camera by neighbors.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
If you’re a general contractor in the Davie, Florida area, I have an idea why one of your deliveries might have been late last week.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.