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:
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
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.