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.
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.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.
A 47 year old crane operator is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after driving a truck mounted crane into several vehicles on the Long Island Expressway in New York.