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
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.