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Collapse Proves a Demolition Don’t

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Smart people learn from their mistakes. Really smart people learn from other peoples' mistakes.

Take, for example, the unidentified farmer who recently decided to have a buddy capture his near-fatal demolition project on video.

Armed with only a sledgehammer, the bare-headed and blue-jeaned man can be seen going mano a mano with the foundation of his 100-foot-tall concrete silo.

YouTube / TheMrKillkutta

Warning: The video contains exactly the language one might expect after attempting a near-fatal, one-man, bottom-up demolition project.

The plan was to demolish the structure. The man (as if there is any doubt) admits that he had never tried this before.

Spoiler or not, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that he almost dies in the attempt.

'Don't Show Diane'

With half of its base busted out, the silo manages to stay upright for a few seconds before crashing to the ground, sending the farmer running for his life and unleashing a concrete debris field where it once stood.

After catching his breath, the farmer says, "I thought that was going to go a lot further, didn't you?"

"It kind of hung in the air there for awhile," the cameraman responds.

Miraculously, the man escaped injury in the tons of concrete that rained down.

Once they confirmed that no one was hurt, the farmer and cameraman celebrate the accomplishment, before deciding it's probably a good idea to "not show that one to Diane."

Demolition Disasters

Although the farmer got lucky, botched demolitions have claimed numerous lives.

A similar bottom-up demolition technique in downtown Philadelphia last June killed six people and left others grievously injured.

Those contractors have been fined more than $400,000, and one is facing criminal charges in the case.


Tagged categories: Concrete; Demolition; Project Management; Tower

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