Two construction workers were treated for serious burns after an electrical explosion caused by their jackhammer hitting a live 11,000V electrical wire while prepping a job site to lay bricks. Though the incident happened in Millbank, London back in 2013, video has just recently surfaced and the construction companies involved have been hit with large fines for exposing their workers to safety risks.
The two men involved, one 22 years old and one 63 at the time, are seen in the video striking an electrical line and being engulfed in flames for a short period of time. It’s pretty graphic, so those with weak stomachs should not watch. The younger worker spent almost a month in the hospital after suffering severe burns on his arms, legs, hands, and face, according to the Health and Safety Executive, the British equivalent to America's OSHA. The older man, was also treated for serious neck and face burns and can no longer work with drills and machines, after the traumatic stress.
Both the general contractor and sub-contractor were fined after the safety investigation was completed. The General Contractor was fined roughly $67,000 USD ($45,000 British Pounds), for failing to assess the risk on the job site, failing to notify the workers that the wire was live, and failing to manage the site and the contractor. The sub-contractor, the employer of the two workers, was also fined the same amount for failing to provide adequate supervision during the work, failing to adequately assess the risk of the job site, and failing to measure the competency of the workers before assigning them the task.
FULL STORY: Electrical explosion leaves worker scarred for life | Health and Safety Executive
Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and landed in South Florida a little over a week ago, sadly killing at least 50 people in Florida and causing plenty of property damage. High winds that accompanied the storm also caused the collapse of 3 construction cranes – two in Miami and one more in Fort Lauderdale. The crane in Fort Lauderdale was recently dismantled and the action was caught on video.
As if the high winds and heavy rains weren’t enough of a safety hazard for the people of Florida, citizens who are staying in the area also need to be concerned about the dozens of tower cranes that are still erected throughout downtown.
New demolition videos are always fun to watch. You know what’s even better, though? A bunch of demolitions all at once.
While being prepared for demolition, the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs, Colorado unexpectedly collapsed to the railroad tracks below. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the local police chief said that workers had to flee the scene once the bridge section started to fall.
If this video of construction worker’s chasing down an alleged tool thief and hanging onto the hood of his car wasn’t enough to convince you to not mess with construction worker’s things, then maybe this new video will be. Construction worker’s tools and trucks are their livelihoods, and they don’t take too kindly to people who don’t understand that.
Directional boring, or horizontal directional drilling, is a common method for installing underground pipe and conduits, among others. Its main benefit is that it minimally disturbs the areas around where your pipe or cable needs to be installed. Instead of cutting concrete, asphalt, or ripping up landscaping, the boring machine digs a tunnel underground and the installing material slides in after it’s complete.
That’s what it’s SUPPOSED to do anyway.
You may remember a story we shared at the end of June about a rescue of a construction worker who was dangling from a suspended scaffold 15 stories in the air. The Sarasota County Fire Department completed a very skilled rescue, in which one firefighter scaled down the side of the building to the trapped worker, attached him to a harness, and both men were hoisted back up to the roof. The cause of that failure was a snapped line. At that time, the fire chief mentioned that he rarely sees events like this and that only 5 or 6 rescues like this have happened in his 29 year career.
Smoke stack demolitions are always fun to watch because they typically stand much taller than the buildings surrounding them, giving cameras great views of the carnage. They don’t always go well, like when a 2.6 million pound brick stack fell directly on top of an excavator (the operator was fine, by the way), but they’re always dramatic.
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.