Construction crews all over the world unearth some pretty cool or very weird items, but sometimes crews find some extremely significant historical artifacts, as well. Last week, a contractor in Colorado made an extremely rare discovery that has many scientists very excited.
A new Fire and Police Substation had just broken ground in Thorton, Colorado, when a skid steer operator encountered an ‘immovable’ object. Work stopped shortly thereafter after another worker on site suspected it might have been a fossil. Turns out, they were right, as scientists believe that the fossil is a 66 million year old Triceratops.
Editor’s note: After further tests, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has determined the bones belong to a cousin of the triceratops called a Torosaurus.
Dinosaur bones are unusual for the Denver area, especially that old, as most fossils found are from the Ice Age, which was between 10,000-12,000 years ago.
So far, the skull, a second horn, and parts of the ribs and vertebrae have been carefully uncovered by scientists and volunteers from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Construction work has stopped in the area around the fossil, but construction workers are still permitted on site.
More information can be found in the 2 news videos from CBS Denver below:
In October, an 18-story under construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana suddenly collapsed, killing 3 of the construction workers on site. A few days later, two unstable tower cranes were imploded for safety reasons. Next, the city plans to have what’s left of the building completely demolished, although there are still 2 of the 3 bodies of victims inside.
Back in June, Milwaukee hosted its annual New Product Symposium (NPS), a media event featuring hundreds of new products that they planned to release throughout the year and Construction Junkie was in attendance. Just when we thought we were done seeing all of the new tools after several hours of presentations and hands-on time, Milwaukee threw a curveball at us.
In March of 2018, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed onto an open street below, killing 6 and injuring several others. Roughly 19 months after the tragedy occurred, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released their final findings.
In August, OSHA released an RFI regarding possible revisions to the construction silica dust standard looking to get feedback from the industry. The deadline for submittal was a little over a week ago, but one construction industry group filled us in on the comments they have submitted.
Placing, bending, and tying rebar can be an extremely labor intensive process. It can also be very repetitive, which makes it a candidate for robotic automation. A relatively new construction technology startup is hoping to break into the space after raising some substantial seed funding.
In April, a tower crane being dismantled suddenly collapsed onto an open street in Seattle, Washington killing 2 workers and 2 civilians. Recent violations issued by the state of Washington have confirmed theories that prematurely removed pins were to blame for the incident.
On October 12, tragedy struck at a construction site in New Orleans, when an 18-story under-construction hotel partially collapsed, killing 3. Due to the unstable tower cranes on site, crews have yet to be able to recover 2 of the bodies inside the building.
For the past 5 years, construction technology company, Procore, has hosted their customers and tech enthusiasts at a multi-day conference called Groundbreak. There’s been significant growth since the events humble beginnings, not only in just attendees, but in the conference’s offerings.
This was my second time attending Groundbreak and, in case you couldn’t make it, here are the highlights of the items you missed:
Tragedy struck in New Orleans over the weekend when an under construction 18-story hotel suddenly collapsed, killing at least 2 with 1 still missing and injuring up to 30 others.
For nearly 3 years, an update to the overtime pay rule was held up in court battles, but we may finally have a resolution. The update sought to increase the minimum salary threshold of workers that are exempt from being paid overtime pay for any overs worked over the traditional 40 hour work week.