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.
Managing careers in construction is something that both employees and employers struggle with. For employers, trying to balance overhead costs and keeping talent is an age old challenge. For many employees, there are a ton of uncertainties, like consistency of work and finding the right company for their skills and interests. To help those in the construction industry to make better career decisions, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have released an e-book titled The Ultimate Construction Career Guide.
If you’re like me, you get excited when a character on TV show or movie works in the construction industry. With all of the characters that I’ve met in the industry over the years, you’d think there would be more of them blessing the screen. Nevertheless, I’ve compiled my list of favorite construction workers from TV or movies.
After a round of nominations, the stage has been set for the 5th annual Best Construction Podcast Competition presented by Construction Junkie. This year we have several familiar faces, as well as a couple new ones.
Even with the comprehensive collaborative environment that project management software, like Procore, provide, email is still a necessary evil for even the most technologically advanced contractor. Recently Procore announced new integrations with one of the biggest email providers, Microsoft Outlook, to help reduce redundancies and get all your information into one place.
The lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedure has been one of the critical elements of electrical safety training on construction sites for a decade. Generally, it’s pretty simple: if you need to work on an energized circuit or piece of equipment, shut down the breaker, put a lock on it so no one can turn it back on, and place a tag on it with your information. OSHA is considering updating the standard now and is currently requesting information from interested parties.
[sponsored] In a world where construction is desperately seeking young people to fill the gaps of an aging workforce, it seems pretty obvious that someone should have come up with a way to incorporate video games into the construction process. Well, thanks to Buildfore’s CtrlWiz, someone finally has, and it allows users to manipulate 3D models within Navisworks with an Xbox controller.
As the United States just recently suffered another tragic and deadly construction incident involving civilians after a crane collapsed in Seattle over the weekend, we’re reminded that the bridge collapse on FIU’s campus in Miami in early 2018 still has many unanswered questions.
There’s no doubt that pop culture shapes the way people think, especially when it comes to interest in certain activities. The narrative for the past few years in the construction industry has been that there is a workforce shortage…that young people aren’t interested in working in construction. It’s no secret that kids love cartoons, though.
On Thursday, April 18th, the New York City Council passed what they are calling “NYC’s Green New Deal,” which legislators hope will greatly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. In order to achieve those results, several mandates included in the legislation will have major effects on the construction and real estate industries.
One of the most highly used and versatile pieces of equipment on any construction site is a compact loader, also known as a skid steer, or by the name of one of its common manufacturers, “Bobcat.”