When a small fire inside a $50 million Houston high rise apartment complex suddenly turned the 5th floor into a fiery inferno, construction worker Curtis Reissig became trapped on the unfinished balcony as he waited for fire crews to save him. The fire happened in March of 2014, completely destroying the almost complete building shell, but new footage from one of the firemen’s body cam shows an up close view of rescue.
First, here’s the video that a Karen Jones, who works in a nearby building, captured of Reisseg’s terrifying jump from the 5th floor balcony to the 4th floor balcony and his jump onto the fire truck’s ladder.
According to reports, Reisseg ran up to the roof on his lunch break to try to put out a small fire, but was soon surrounding by flames with no way to escape. As the flames took over the entire 5th floor, he thought his only way out was to jump onto the 4th floor balcony directly below and climb aboard the fire ladder from there. It’s a good thing he did that, because mere seconds after he was safely on the ladder, the 5th floor began to collapse, narrowly missing the ladder. Reisseg managed to escape with only minor burns on his hands and face and no other injuries were reported.
In newly released video that KHOU 11 was able to obtain, firefighter Dwayne Wyble caught up close footage of the rescue on his body cam. The news channel originally tried to obtain the footage right after the fire happened, but due to the ongoing investigation, the fire department was not required to release it. Investigators were never able to determine what the actual cause of the fire was, only that it started on the roof of the building. The 20mph winds that day helped the flames spread like a wildfire.
Below is KHOU11’s coverage of the body cam video:
Full story: Video shows new perspective of dramatic fire rescue | KHOU
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.
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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.