The number one goal on every construction site should be that all workers make it home safe at the end of the day. The sad reality is that hundreds of construction workers are killed on the job site every year. Last year, contractors were working on an indoor activity center for a high school in Argyle, Texas, when the 30 foot tall structure quickly collapsed, killing one man in the process.
Since the collapse in April of 2015, OSHA has concluded their investigation and issued a serious violation to both Northstar Builders Group, LLC and Warnick Metal Building Erectors, Ltd. and assessed $7,000 apiece in fines, according to NBC DFW. In the official letter from the US Department of Labor, the contractors violated 29 CFR 1926.754(a) by “failing to maintain structural stability at all times during the erection process.”
During the collapse, Julio Ledesma, a Warnick Metal Building Erectors employee, was working from an extended boom lift approximately 30 feet in the air, city officials said, and was killed.
Tragically, only 5 days later, another worker who worked for a subcontractor hired to deliver an excavator to the site, was killed by a tractor-trailer after his foot got caught underneath one of the tires and was pulled under, according to a report from the Denton Record-Chronicle. No OSHA violations were issued after the second death.
Below, you can watch several different views of the collapse from the school’s surveillance cameras, uploaded to Youtube by startelegramvideo:
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.