On Saturday afternoon, tragedy struck downtown Seattle as a tower crane that was being dismantled suddenly fell to the street below, killing two ironworkers and 2 people that were in their cars, as well as injuring 4 others. Dashcam footage of that collapse has recently surfaced, giving some clues as to why the crane fell as it did.
After reviewing the video and pictures from the scene, many believe that the pins, which secure the tower crane sections together, were pulled prematurely. King5 News reports that experts point to the fact that the base section of the crane did not move at all. Many initial reports pointed to wind gusts that rolled through the area, but it now appears that the wind only played a small part as the structure was significantly weakened.
In King5’s story, attorney David Kwass, who has worked on the litigation for crane incidents in the past, drew comparisons to a 2012 crane collapse in Dallas. In that case, many thought the wind was a big factor, but it was later discovered that the crane had been prematurely de-pinned.
As the investigation rolls on, let’s not lose sight of the fact that 4 people lost their lives and many others will be affected by witnessing the incident for years to come. King5 also reported that the victims were 33-year-old Travis Corbet and 31-year-old Andrew Yoder, both ironworkers, as well as a 19-year-old college freshman Sarah Wong and 71-year-old Alan Justad.
The video of the incident shared on YouTube is below.
Every construction site has its own unique set of challenges, but mix in extreme cold and a remote location and things can get pretty serious pretty quickly. Construction documentary maker, The B1M, recently created a video of one such site, dubbing it “The World’s Most Extreme Construction Site.”
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.
SketchUp is an extremely accessible and generally considered an easy-to-use 3D modeling program. It’s become a very popular tool for woodworkers, designers, and construction professionals, especially when 2D drawings don’t paint a detailed enough picture.
SketchPad for SketchUp is a sleekly designed Bluetooth keypad containing 34 of the most commonly used functions of the tool.
Punchlists are a necessary evil in the construction industry. Efficiently managing that process helps close out the project on-time. The problem, though, is that the processes of the past are time consuming and difficult to track. An app called Buildup believes they can help make your punchlist process much easier.
With construction documents going digital on many jobsites throughout the country, project managers, superintendents, foremen, and office staff need an efficient way to look at their drawings. There’s no better way to do that than a touchscreen that’s the size of a full-size set of drawings.
Every construction project has a lot of people and companies involved with it, which is why many companies employ a CRM software to help manage those relationships more efficiently.
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.
Chances are, if you’ve ever had a smartphone, you’ve heard of Otterbox. It was one of the original rugged phone protection cases on the market and they’re available in retailers throughout the country. What you may not know, however, is that Otterbox has a case system for business solutions, which makes your phone even more useful with a host of different accessories.
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.