It’s always important to check your surroundings before beginning any sort of work and a Pontiac, Michigan demolition crew learned that the hard way last week. Even though you may not be expecting something to be in your way, it’s typically in your best interest to be 100% sure, that’s why services like “call before you dig” are available across the US. Typically, the worst things happen when people least expect them to.
A crew was hired by the city of Pontiac, Michigan to tear down an old 12-foot trailer and soon after they began, they heard some screams coming from inside. Even though the local police had recently warned people not to go into the trailer on that day, a 59 year old homeless man had found shelter in it and was still inside when the backhoe starting ripping through the structure.
As the crews were dragging the trailer to crush it, they heard the man’s screams and stopped what they were doing. The man inside suffered from several broken bones, but, according to reports, is now in stable condition.
Job site awareness is a critical skill that everyone on-site needs to employ. Like we said above, even though you may not be expecting something inside the trailer, behind the wall, underground, or anywhere else, you have to do the proper due diligence to avoid harming yourself and others.
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Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and landed in South Florida a little over a week ago, sadly killing at least 50 people in Florida and causing plenty of property damage. High winds that accompanied the storm also caused the collapse of 3 construction cranes – two in Miami and one more in Fort Lauderdale. The crane in Fort Lauderdale was recently dismantled and the action was caught on video.