Only days before the U.S. State Dept. released its long-awaited environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the company applying to build it, TransCanada Corp., experienced its third major pipeline rupture since October.
Related Links: Witness Notes Communication Lapse in Ontario Mall Collapse Testimony After Mall Roof Collapse, Ontario Engineers Propose Inspection Standards Testimony Shows Complex Roots of Deadly Mall Collapse Engineer Cited in Fatal Ontario Mall Rooftop-Garage Collapse Has May 15 Court Date Provincial police in Ontario, Canada, said on Jan. 31 that they have charged former engineer Robert Wood, 64, with three counts of criminal negligence related to his role as inspector of an Elliot Lake mall roof that collapsed on June 23, 2012, killing two store employees.Wood, former president of M.R. Wright & Associates Inc., Sault Sainte Marie, faces two
AP photo Slab collapse last November at a building site near Durban killed two workers and injured 29. Related Links: Rescue mission continues at Tongaat Mall A South African government probe set to begin in February into the deaths of two construction workers at a mall building site near Durban is expected to wrap up within six months.The national labor department launched the investigation into the collapse, last November, of a concrete slab at the site of the 15,000-sq-meter, three-story Tongaat Mall, which is about 30 kilometers north of Durban.The accident also injured 29 workers.In addition, the Engineering Council of
Related Links: Meet Freedom Industries, the Company Behind the West Virginia Chemical Spill Critics Say Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations State and federal teams continue to investigate the chemical spill that shut down the drinking-water supply for 300,000 people in the Charleston, W.Va., area for five days in January.Starting on Jan. 13, customers of the West Virginia American Water Co. treatment plant, which serves nine counties in and around the capital city, were cleared to use water in certain zones."The ban is being lifted in a strict, methodical manner to help ensure the water system is not overwhelmed" by
Photo courtesy OccuNomix International LLC During cold-weather projects, it is critical to keep extremities warm by wearing warm hats, masks, socks, boots and gloves. Related Links: Fall Fashion Is Highly Visible Under New Work-Zone Rule Extreme Weather Gear What most people consider inclement weather is not always what builders, laborers and project managers consider inclement weather.The recent polar vortex that hit much of the Midwest at the start of this year brings home just how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. While even the toughest of project managers might have ceased work during the negative temperatures,
Related Links: Worker Dies at Texas A&M Kyle Field Redevelopment Project Texas A&M University Envisions 25,000 Engineering Students by 2025 The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration on Dec. 19 cited two Texas contractors with eight serious violations and proposed $46,800 in fines, following the June collapse of a structure in an $80-million equestrian center under construction at Texas A&M University that injured four workers. The penalties come two weeks after a separate site accident on the College Station campus killed a 28-year-old worker employed by another contractor.OSHA cited project subcontractor Ramco Erectors Inc., Houston, with seven violations for flaws
Related Links: Kyle Field Redevelopment A 25-year-old construction worker died on Dec. 3 at Texas A&M's Kyle Field Redevelopment project. The $450-million renovation began last month and will run through 2015.Texas A&M officials identified the worker as Angel Garcia, who was working for Dallas-based Lindamood Demolition. Garcia fell from the fourth floor on the north end of Kyle Field around 11:25 a.m. He was immediately transported to St. Joseph's Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas, where he died, the university reported in a statement released on the same day.Manhattan-Vaughn Construction is leading work on the Kyle Field Redevelopment. In a
A Philadelphia grand jury has charged demolition contractor Griffin Campbell with six counts of third-degree murder for his role in the city’s deadly June 5 building collapse.Campbell, owner of Campbell Construction, is accused of using improper and unsafe methods to bring down an abandoned four-story building owned by New York developer Richard Basciano to make way for a mixed-use development.An unsupported multi-story wall collapsed onto an adjacent one-story Salvation Army store, killing six and injuring 14.An investigation revealed that Campbell had not installed proper bracing on the building’s sidewalls, electing to begin the project by removing the facade and floor
AP Wideworld Two people died in a Nov. 27 accident that toppled a crawler crane and part of the Itaquerao stadium, future site of the opening of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Related Links: Two Years to World Cup Kickoff for Brazilian Stadiums Report: 40% of World Cup Projects Behind Schedule A leading expert on crane collapses describes a Nov. 27 accident at a World Cup soccer stadium under construction in Brazil as "highly unusual" after an initial assessment of damage photos."It is unusual because the boom snapped off the car body," says Jim Wiethorn, a forensic specialist at
COVID-19 prevented this year’s group of national Top 20 Under 40 winners from meeting in person to share ideas for tackling key construction challenges, but the virtual voices of these visionaries came through loud and clear.