Friday, August 15, 2008

Scaffold Blown Around Like a Kite in Miami

(One reason for certified anchorages, and Intermittent Stabilization Anchors; avoid injury, avoid damage to building, avoid worse news, avoid injuring 3rd parties)


Caught On Tape: Construction Workers On Scaffold Whipped By WindPOSTED: 9:19 am EDT July 16, 2008 / UPDATED: 9:50 am EDT July 16, 2008
MIAMI -- A viewer used his cell phone to capture video images of a scaffold swinging and shaking uncontrollably on a Miami high-rise Tuesday afternoon, and the stormy weather isn't over for South Florida yet.
Construction workers who were working
on the Marquis Condo were actually on the scaffold when the winds began whipping it around the building.
"The storm came out of nowhere, and the winds blew them off the one side of the building all the way over to the other side of the building like nothing," said contractor Jeff Baliewitz. "They had no time to prepare or anything. They were just completely at least 20 feet away from the building, dangling in the wind."
No one was injured. Construction officials said workers could not immediately get off the scaffolding because it takes about 30 minutes to raise or lower it.