There’s no better way to make hundreds of thousands of people angry than top shut down a highly traveled road on a work day. Because of that, the pressure is on for many companies to demolish overpasses in less than a day and open the road back up in time for morning traffic.
In June of 2015, the city of Bandford in Ontario, Canada allowed Priestly Demolition roughly 10 hours to completely remove an overpass over the 6 lane highway 400 and then disappear without a trace. To add pressure to the job, the city was also ready to exercise liquidated damages if the crews could not complete in time.
To get the job done, the demolition company used a total of 6 excavators (2 shears and 4 hammers), 3 loaders, and 2 bulldozers. That’s 11 pieces of heavy machinery in a space that could open fit 6 cars, so the process had to be well planned and everyone had to be on the same page to make it work. The timelapse is pretty incredible to watch, so much so it could give the ballet a run for its money. Move over Nutcracker.
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.