For the third time in a year, construction workers have had to be rescued while dangling mid-air by fire rescue teams in Southern Florida. Last year, there were two incidents in Sarasota, Florida that involved failed suspended scaffolding in as many months. Just last week, another incident in Palmetto Bay required the Fire Department to intervene.
Thankfully, all of the workers involved in the 3 recent scaffolding failures were wearing their safety harnesses and none of the victims were seriously hurt thanks to the heroism of the rescue teams. The most recent incident saw two men dangling 6 stories above ground while doing some exterior maintenance.
When rescue crews, led by Miami-Dade Firefighter-Paramedic Maggie Castro, arrived on the scene, they immediate focused on the man that was only dangling by his personal fall protection harness, because of the risk of compression injuries when hanging for an extended period of time. When crews arrived, the men had already been dangling for about an hour.
If you’re going to be operating one of these scaffolds in the near future, let this be another reminder to thoroughly check the equipment before operating it and definitely use a proper fall arrest system like these men did.
It’s not yet clear what caused this collapse, but OSHA is expected to do an investigation. Below is a video of the rescue, shared by CBS Miami.
Full story: 2 construction workers rescued after dangling on side of Palmetto Bay building | CBS Miami
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.
As the US is experiencing our own natural disaster, by way of Hurricane Florence, China is being hit badly by a Typhoon Mangkhut. According to Independent, the storm has caused a crane, which was being used on a 22-story housing development, to crumble. That collapse was caught on camera by neighbors.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
If you’re a general contractor in the Davie, Florida area, I have an idea why one of your deliveries might have been late last week.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.