Well, it seems like no car is safe around a construction site these days. In recent videos we’ve shared, we’ve seen two cars get destroyed for blocking a construction exit by an angry wheel loader operator and another car destroyed by a falling wall of a building being demolished. Today, there’s this video of a skid steer operator picking up a legally parked SUV and moving it out of the way, for some reason.
The owner, Thomas Nahrwal, was understandably shocked when he saw his newly purchased SUV was somehow now on the sidewalk next to where he parked it and started searching around for clues. Luckily for him, that neighbor was able to track them down and show them the video so they knew who was responsible. In all, estimates of the damage to the bumper and the undercarriage of the vehicle have reached $2,600. The developer of the site was contacted and they intend to take care of the damages. The subcontractor that was responsible has also reportedly been “reprimanded.”
Contractors have been working on a $2 billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, NY for months already, as it’s being turned into housing units, offices, and shops. The old factory was an insanely cool looking building and Architect magazine shared pictures of it before the redevelopment started, which you can see here.
Thanks to Alex Barthet from The Lien Zone for sharing this video with us.
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Last Thursday, every construction professional’s worst nightmare happened. Lives were lost, both construction workers and civilians, by way of the catastrophic collapse of FIU’s under construction pedestrian bridge. We shared what we knew as of late Thursday night, but since this is not only a tragedy directly related to construction, but also a huge learning opportunity for the entire industry, I wanted to make sure we continued to follow and update on the story as it develops.
Terrible tragedy struck Florida International University’s (FIU) campus yesterday when a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the road below, killing at least 4 and severely injuring many more.
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.
When anyone sees a hard hat, they typically immediate associate it with construction. It’s the ultimate symbol of safety on the job site. We all know we should wear them, but it’s easy to get annoyed with the minor inconvenience that they cause and forget about the extreme consequences that could result if a falling object catches us when we aren’t wearing one.
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.
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.