A nearby office worker caught video of a dramatic demolition that showed the remains of an 11 story building collapse on top of the excavator performing the demolition.
As the crews weakened the base of the building, they used an excavator to break down the final supports, causing the building to fall. What they didn’t plan for was for the building to fall on top of them. The worker who caught the collapse on camera was concerned for the safety of the worker inside the excavator.
Nashville News Channel 5 decided to investigate the job site after they got ahold of the video and the Tennessee branch of OSHA followed closely behind to also conduct an investigation. “The images of this building demolition raise serious concerns for the assistant commissioner regarding the safety of workers at that site,” TN OSHA spokesperson Chris Cannon told News Channel 5.
Tripping or tipping, is a common way to bring down a building, but it has to be done with caution to make sure the structure falls the correct way. Much like a lumberjack would bring down a tree, the building supports are strategically weakened in specific areas to tell the building where to land. Based upon the results of this demolition, it would be safe to say something went wrong.
It’s currently unknown whether or not the operator was injured by the collapse, but there are rumors that may have been taken to the hospital to be checked out. As we learned from another demolition involving tripping that resulted in a 2.6 million pound smoke stack falling on an excavator, staying inside the cab is usually the safest place to be if something stats to fall on top of you.
I started the video, loaded to YouTube by Dean Graves, at the 1:25 mark to reduce some of the lead up to the collapse.
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Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Over the years, Liebherr, the German Crane Manufacturer, has given us some absolutely amazing videos. For example, they put on a show for their best customers one year and lifted one crane with another crane, which was lifted by a third crane, which was then lifted by a fourth crane. Another video highlighted the 58 cranes that were on site at the same time at the world’s largest airport build in Istanbul. Well, the company is back at it again, this time on top of Europe’s new tallest building.
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.