On October 12, tragedy struck at a construction site in New Orleans, when an 18-story under-construction hotel partially collapsed, killing 3. Due to the unstable tower cranes on site, crews have yet to be able to recover 2 of the bodies inside the building.Read More
Tragedy struck in New Orleans over the weekend when an under construction 18-story hotel suddenly collapsed, killing at least 2 with 1 still missing and injuring up to 30 others.Read More
Infrastructure projects can require some pretty massive heavy equipment to perform all necessary tasks, so it’s a great opportunity to get some stunning footage of the machines and workers during the process.Read More
Drones are used for a variety of different tasks on construction sites, like for tracking employees, calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles, or even performing OSHA inspections, but I’ve never actually seen any tools attached to them before. Well, engineers recently strapped a nail gun to one to see if it could potentially perform roof shingle installation.Read More
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.Read More
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.Read More
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.Read More
One of the most important rules of safety is using the correct tool for the correct job. Steep slopes can be a dangerous obstacle for many pieced of heavy equipment on a jobsite, as made clear by the various videos passed around the internet showing machines tumbling down embankments.
I recently ran across a machine called a Spider Excavator that is specifically designed for work on difficult terrain. One is currently being used on a California Transportation (Caltrans) project along State Route 2 in order to clear an area after a mud slide.
Slides have to be cleared from the top down, so the use of a spider is extremely useful. Equipped with wheels and a total of 4 outriggers, the machine is able to climb up hills safely by setting the bucket down and push itself up.
Not everyone will need a machine like this, but those who need it will be happy they have it.
Check out the video of the excavator in action below:
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.Read More