The Onion, the fake news site known equally for its amazing funny satire as its poignant social commentary, has been entertaining people and confusing others into thinking their content is real since 1988. In recent years, the Onion has evolved from simply print media, to audio and visual content, as well. In one of their recent series, Sportology, which parodies ESPN’s Sport Science, the company absolutely skewered the reported terrible working conditions that Brazilian construction workers faced while completing the venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 11 workers were killed over the course of the projects and there were many infractions reported that some workers had 23 hour shifts or worked 25 days straight.
You can watch the Onion’s video titled “How Do Construction Workers Push Their Bodies To Finish Olympic Stadiums On Time?” below. In it, you’ll see “construction worker,” Rodrigo, perform tasks in a climate adjusted laboratory. Not only did they crank the heat up to 105 degrees, they also pumped hundreds of mosquitoes into the test area and forced him to sleep inside a tiny and poorly ventilated dorm room.
Although the video isn’t real, it certainly brings to light many issues certain construction sites can face. Is the schedule always worth the health and safety of your workers? Is there more we can do to promote honest wages for those not only in our respective countries, but around the globe?
For the past few years, tool manufacturers have been making cordless tools possible that no one thought could be done. We now have battery powered table saws, 12” miter saws, even battery powered pipe threaders. But one thing that no one has done yet, until now, is a battery powered worm drive circular saw.
It’s no secret that the construction workforce is dominated by men, but women are slowly increasing their numbers in recent years as gender barriers continue to be knocked down. With construction jobs expected to continue to grow over the next few years, women will play a significant role in filling job openings.
Construction employers are legally responsible for following and enforcing safety regulations on their jobsites. If caught not abiding by these rules and failing to keep workers safe, an OSHA violation and fine can follow. Recently, however, several contractors are also facing criminal charges following employee deaths on their jobsites.
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
A little over 3 years ago, reports surfaced that San Francisco’s luxury high rise, the Millennium Tower, has been consistently sinking and tilting since it was completed in 2009. Lawsuits have been underway for years involving dozens of lawyers from many different parties, but an expert panel has just approved a $100 million plan to keep the building from sinking and tilting any further.
If you are looking for the right scaffolding for your construction project, you will need to consider the choice of scaffolding available to you. However, there is one type of scaffolding that is chosen for a number of different projects because of the benefits that come with it. This kind of scaffolding is Mobile Scaffolding and regardless of whether you are working on a roof or working on the brickwork of a building, they are often a great choice.
Unless you work on infrastructure and some other specialty structures, you’ve probably always wondered how underwater structures are built. It’s always admittedly been a bit of a mystery to me, as I only encounter relatively small amounts of water on my retail construction sites. Some dewatering here and there or a small creek relocation can add some difficulty to a project, but they’re manageable.
As large of an industry as the construction industry is and with the amount of characters that I’ve met in my career, I’ve always been surprised at the lack of television programming covering large building projects. The Construction Channel, an online new media company, is taking matters into their own hands and has recently released episodes of a documentary series called “Six Figures, No Suits” (SFNS)
A 2018 trench collapse in Colorado lead to the death of a construction worker named Rosario “Chayo” Martinez-Lopez. Now, his employer faces manslaughter charges for his death.
It’s not often that contractors completely invent a new method of building high rises. We’ve certainly seen some very interesting methods in recent projects, such as the “top-down” method that allows the sub and super-structure to be built at the same time, but a contractor in London has a new way to shave time off of the construction schedule of a high rise building.