Cranes are a necessary and useful piece of equipment on most construction sites, but extreme caution must be taken when working with them, as any failure could be catastrophic or, at the very least, very costly.
Earlier this week, a wheeled crane in Orlando, Florida toppled over onto its side and onto the adjacent on-ramp to SR-408 . Luckily, no injuries were reported and no cars were hit by the crane. The crane operator was reportedly strapped in inside the cab and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
There were conflicting reports initially regarding what the crane was doing as it fell. Early reports stated that the crane was lifting a girder, but it was later confirmed that the operator was just getting the crane into position to prepare for upcoming overnight work.
On its way down, the crane hit power lines and poles, which briefly knocked power out in the surrounding areas. The crane landed awkwardly under the overpass and the general contractor is bringing in professionals to determine the best way to get the crane upright.
Helicopter footage of the accident was shared to Facebook by WFLA, which you can watch below:
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.