Last July, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that undergoing a demolition suddenly fell, amid odd circumstances, and flying debris fatally injured one of the contractor’s project managers. Now, the family of the man killed is filing lawsuits against all parties involved with the demolition, calling it “illegal” and “reckless.”
The video of the building demolition raised a few questions after it surfaced. Namely, it seemed like there were several people that were aware the building was about to fall, but there were minimal barricades and safety zones set up to keep the public away from the debris.
The lawsuit has been filed by the victim’s mother and named the owner of the property, Miami Beach Associates, general contractor Winmar Construction, and subcontractors AlliedBean Demolition and AA Demolition Management, according to the Miami Herald.
After the demolition, the city was clear that it had denied the contractor’s demolition permit for implosion. It did not appear that any explosives were used to topple the building, but rather, it was “tripped,” meaning the supports were structurally weakened to a point where the building would fall in upon itself.
The definition of “implosion” is going to be a key point in the lawsuit, as the lawsuit defines implosions as being either “the use of explosives or the non-explosive implosion method of the removal of structural components of the building...” I’ve always understood implosion to mean the use of explosives, but certain jurisdictions may have a different interpretation of that.
An OSHA investigation after the incident resulted in OSHA proposing 2 serious violations for a total of $17,590. After an informal settlement, the total penalty has been reduced to $12,324. The investigation summary reads: “At 12:00 p.m. on July 23, 2018, an employee was observing the demolition of the building. The employee was struck and killed by two chunks of concrete that was flung across the street as the building collapsed. The employee was struck on the leg and in the chest by pieces of concrete measuring approximately 40" X 32" X 14".”
Full story: Mother’s suit says Miami Beach condo demolition that killed son was ‘illegal, reckless’ | Miami Herald
All trench collapse deaths are preventable. As soon as everyone on a job site starts believing that we might actually make some progress. In just the past 10 days, there have been 4 trench collapse deaths across 3 separate incidents, further highlighting how far we still need to go.
Falls on the jobsite is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction. Keeping up with housekeeping on your site is a great way to reduce risks of falls, but other protections, like rebar caps should be installed when rebar is exposed. A young construction worker recently found out the hard way what happens when rebar is left exposed.
As smartphones and tablets are slowly becoming one of the most prominent and powerful tools on construction site, construction technology companies are still largely focusing on construction management firms and general contractors. What’s lost on many is the fact that there are dozens of subcontractors on every jobsite that also need to manage their projects.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.
On April 3, a congressional appropriations hearing was held to discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal funding for fiscal year 2020. During the hearing, the secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, told the committee how OSHA plans to spend their budget and how the agency fared in the previous year.
A 58-story condominium tower currently under construction has found itself embroiled in a legal battle after the former General Contractor filed a lawsuit against the developer, citing the fact that the building is now “leaning” 3 inches to the north.
Safety training in the construction industry is necessary to build worker awareness – not to mention that it’s legally required – but it can be extremely time consuming and expensive to have completed. There are many companies out there looking to make money off of keeping workers safe, which is why it’s great when a company offers training free of charge, like Procore’s Safety Qualified program.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
Each year, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) puts out their annual Bridge Report, which highlights the general state of America’s bridges. Their recently released 2019 report shows that we’re making progress on the structurally deficient bridges across the country, but the association is not satisfied with the speed of repairs.
Late last year, CAT Phones released their first ever smartphone on a US carrier network, the S48c. The phone is currently available on both the Sprint and Verizon Networks and I was recently able to test out the phone to get some better insight into how it operates. Overall, it offers the toughness to hold up to a jobsite at a reasonable price, but continue reading to hear about all of the details.