Plenty of spectator sports around the country are based around the destruction of vehicles, such as demolition derbies and monster truck rallies. But those sports are missing one thing: gigantic construction equipment that barely even notice when they run over things.
When a monster truck runs over a car, it bounces all over the place, nearly flipping itself over, which makes what you are about to watch even more impressive. The video below, uploaded to Youtube by richardperth2002, was created for safety awareness in the mining industry, to show how important it is to keep a safe distance from the gigantic mining equipment all around. The mining industry has plenty of varieties of huge equipment and you can watch a video of the top 10 biggest by clicking here.
Many of the haul trucks in the mining industry have transitioned into autonomous, self-driving vehicles due to hostile and remote locations of mines that are hard to get workers to travel to. Based on the video below, it’s barely even noticeable to a driver if a car is run over, so a driverless truck will have no mercy if a car gets run over. As you’ll see, the Komatsu haul truck only suffers a few scratches after it completely flattens the SUV like a pancake. Although this is geared towards the mining industry, it’s also an important lesson for the construction industry, even though the machines are much smaller. They’re still plenty powerful and heavy enough to obliterate anything in its path. Bottom line: stay out of the way if you want your body and car to stay 3-dimensional.
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.