If you’ve played Jenga before, you know that it can get pretty intense as the blocks start to get a little wobbly. A typical Jenga block dimension is 0.59 in x 0.98 in x 2.95 in, and weighs ounces, so if the tower falls, the stakes aren’t really that severe, other than a humiliating loss to your friend, family member, or mortal enemy. Now, multiply that size by 10,000 and you get the scale of the Jenga pieces that CAT put together for their #BuiltForIt campaign.
Each block of wood weighs around 600 pounds (272kg) and with 27 total blocks, the entire game weighed 8.1 tons (7.3 tonnes). SO, what better way to play this game than some heavy construction machinery? To be able to move, lift, and place the blocks, the team at CAT used 5 of their machines, including the CAT 320E hydraulic excavator, CAT TH514C Telehandler, CAT 277D Multi Terrain Loader, CAT M316D Wheel Excavator, and CAT 349E hydraulic excavator. So, all you need to recreate this in your own back yard is a few million dollars’ worth of machinery and few tons of wood…what are you waiting for?
Note: Before anyone freaks out, this video and campaign were completed before any of CAT’s recent factory closures and layoffs.
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.
A couple weeks ago, we shared a list of the 100 tallest buildings to ever be demolished. One of the most interesting things that I learned while researching for that article was that although Detroit’s Greater Department Hudson Store was not the tallest building on the list (it was #21), it was the tallest on the list to actually be imploded.
One thing’s for sure, the only thing better than one structure being demolished is two structures being demolished at the same time. Late last week, a decommissioned Florida Power Plant saw to the implosion of two 462 feet tall cooling towers in spectacular fashion.
Construction crews were preparing to replace window glazing on the 47-story tall Wellhouse na Leninskom tower in Moscow, Russia, when a cable snapped just as the window was about to reach the top of the structure
It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter. The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.
For the third time in a year, construction workers have had to be rescued while dangling mid-air by fire rescue teams in Southern Florida. Last year, there were two incidents in Sarasota, Florida that involved failed suspended scaffolding in as many months. Just last week, another incident in Palmetto Bay required the Fire Department to intervene.
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.
This video is a bit of a throwback, but I recently came across it on the interwebs for the first time and thought it was worth a share.