When Construction Goes Wrong

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Engineering fails, building mistakes and big structures that got demolished. This is what happens when construction goes wrong.

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Number 10 Xie
Xie, a 47-year-old man, was working at a construction site in China’s Anhui Province.
Number 8 Accident in Manhattan
In May, 2014, a construction company was replacing a ruptured water main in midtown Manhattan, in New York City. In what was described as a “freak occurrence” a 3-foot-wide saw blade got detached and went flying across the street. It travelled about 100 feet, at great speed and hit a tree. The incident was captured on nearby surveillance cameras.
Number 7 Patrick Lawler
For roughly a week, construction worker Patrick Lawler had been complaining to his wife about a severe toothache. Lawler went to the dentist’s where an X-Ray revealed a 4-inch nail which had plunged into his brain. The power tool fired a nail into a piece of wood nearby. Unbeknownst to Lawler, a second nail had shot through the roof of his mouth, barely missing his right eye. The object was removed from his brain and they commented on how lucky he’d been. They reportedly told Lawler “If you’re going to have a nail in the brain, that’s the way you want it to be”.
Number 6 Sanjay Bahe
21-year-old Sanjay Bahe was doing repair work at a site in Balaghat, central India, when he fell.
Number 5 Sergio Cruz
A 35-foot wall of metal, from a future high-rise on the campus, had collapsed. It’s still unclear what had caused the solid rebar columns to bend over “like blades of grass” as one person put it. The incident took place in 2019 and in the past decade the company operating the site has been involved in 13 other investigations.
Number 4 Petra Novotnz
The mother-of-four had been using the power tool with her hair in a ponytail. At some point the rotating device caught a few strands of hair and got wrapped around it.
Number 3 Guillermo Barason Escapre
In 2018, Guillermo Barason Escapre was working on an elevator at a site in Zamboanga City, in the Philippines. He was tasked with dismantling the elevator at a mall that was under construction.
Number 1 Ron Hunt
Ron Hunt was standing on a 6-foot ladder and drilling over head at a site in Truckee, California. At one point he pushed the drill too hard and the ladder started wobbling under his feet. As he fell, Hunt tried to follow standard procedure and drop the power tool that was still in his hand.

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