You’ve probably seen an excavator most days of your life, especially if you work in construction, but, unless you work in the mining industry you’ll never see something as big as the Liebherr R 9800, a roughly 800 ton excavator. Standing at 36’3” high, 28’9” wide, and 83’0” long, this mega machine can load 75-93 tons of material per pass. According to mining-technology.com, the R 9800 is the third largest excavator in the world, behind only the Hitachi EX8000-6 and the Bucyrus RH400.
As you can imagine, something that large takes quite a bit to assemble and cannot just be shipped whole to your job site. This particular machine had quite the journey to get to site. First, it traveled by sea from the production site in Colmar, France to Australia. From there, it was hauled, in pieced, by trucks another 169 miles (272 kilometers) to its job site at the Moolarben coal mine. It’s a total logistical nightmare, but the folks at Liebherr were able to get the job done using several cranes to lift the extremely heavy pieces and even more men to make the final connections.
To see the Liebherr R 9800 in action, look no further than the video below, uploaded to Youtube by Bauforum24!
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
Cranes are a necessary and useful piece of equipment on most construction sites, but extreme caution must be taken when working with them, as any failure could be catastrophic or, at the very least, very costly.
On Sunday, demolition contractors tried to bring down the upper portion of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home to the Detroit Lions, but several of the explosives didn’t ignite and the structure was still upright after the smoke cleared. After videos of the failed demolition were posted online, the internet had a field day.
Construction timelapse videos make extremely complicated and long projects look much easier to build than they actually are. The recently opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi took 8 years to complete, but you can watch the full process in only 3 minutes.
High winds can cause problems in many situations on a job site, especially with cranes and scaffolds. A horrific crane collapse in downtown New York City was caught on tape after a gust of wind knocked it down in early 2016. Last week, high winds caused more problems at construction sites, as it knocked over a scaffold above a busy sidewalk and sent a suspended scaffold swinging out of control and crashing into a building.
Getting the perfect view of a major building demolition can get you millions of hits, or even better, shared by us right here on Construction Junkie. Have your video get epic-ly photobombed and you’ll get even more views and definitely shared by us.
Contact with overhead power lines is a major hazard when working on most construction sites and especially when working from elevated platforms or with heavy machinery.
When construction workers cut through nature and dig in the ground, it shouldn’t be a surprise when wildlife is encountered, although some are a little bit more frightening than others. Last year, crews had to help free a giant bear that was stuck in a cesspit and the bear was happy at all about it.