High winds can cause problems in many situations on a job site, especially with cranes and scaffolds. A horrific crane collapse in downtown New York City was caught on tape after a gust of wind knocked it down in early 2016. Last week, high winds caused more problems at construction sites, as it knocked over a scaffold above a busy sidewalk and sent a suspended scaffold swinging out of control and crashing into a building.
On Sunday November 19, 2017, a scaffold, approximately 20 feet high, collapsed onto a busy lower Manhattan street, trapping two people underneath the debris. Reports state that 3 to 4 others were injured by the falling wood and metal.
While all of the injuries are considered minor and non-life threatening, there were moments of panic as others nearby rushed to free the two people trapped underneath the debris. It was a great show of springing to action that was also caught on cell phone video, which you can watch below.
On another site, a suspended scaffolding system was sent crashing into a building. That video was also caught on cell phone video, but no other details could be found. Thankfully, no employees were on the scaffold when it was crashing into the building. As a reminder, work from scaffolds is prohibited by OSHA during storms or high winds, unless the competent person determines that it is safe enough to work and the employees are protected.
Full story: Several injured after scaffolding collapse in lower Manhattan | New York Post
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.