Biggest Construction Fails in the World

We’ve all had one of those “what am I doing here” moments, but some people in construction seem to have them worse than others. To make you feel a little bit better about bodging that DIY job or epically failing at construction, here are a few people doing it worse than you:

Loading a Digger

These guys are either complete geniuses who worked out that when they get paid by the hour, the longer it takes the better or they are idiots who don’t know how to use a digger. Loading up a digger by hand is easily one of the biggest construction fails we’ve seen in a long time – we’re hoping the foreman was away or asleep for this, because we wouldn’t want to take this hit!

Bright Ideas

When you move something really tall it makes sense to check the route you’re taking. Why do you do that? To watch out for electric wires of course! These two received a nasty shock here which we are hoping is enough for them to learn from their mistakes.

Taking Turns

Some people clearly have no respect for health and safety and these workers are definitely in the mix. They were lucky to walk away without any injuries from this little play, there were so many ways that it could have gone wrong!

Calm and Collected

How many construction workers does it take to stop a concrete buffer? Lots! Machinery should always be kept under control just for this reason, when it goes wild it can be a full blown project to get it back in hand. It took pretty much the entire workforce and 2 mins 30 seconds to right this wrong – bet they made sure it was off when it wasn’t needed after this fiasco.

Wrong Tool for the Job

Sometimes you’re set up to fail, a bit like these workers who were given hand axes to – it looks like – take up a road. When the tool you need is something as powerful as a jack hammer, eight blokes on their hands and knees hitting the road with a hatchet isn’t going to have the same impact. If you need a job doing right make sure you have the right equipment to sort the issue.

Hi-Vis Isn’t Knowledge

When you have this many people standing around a construction scene in hi-vis jackets, you’d expect that at least one of them will know what they are doing. It all seems to be going well until the very last moment when it goes catastrophically wrong. If you’re moving something heavy and expensive, make sure you do a full analysis of the situation before!

Got a similar story? Please share your own construction catastrophes with us!

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The Glastonbury Guide To Green Eco Friendly Music Festivals

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The day after the great Jimi Hendrix died, a few people gathered on a farm outside Shepton Mallet for an event that they called the Pilton music festival. Over 40 years later, this small musical gathering – now known as Glastonbury – is the largest Greenfield festival in the world that hundreds of thousands of flock to every single year.

But as well as being a major force in the world of music, it turns out that Glastonbury is also a key player in the global $12billion ‘green industry’. Here are 6 ways that they’re achieving this.

#1 Glastonbury Green Traveller Initiative – Researchers from Oxford University found that of the 84,000 tonnes of CO2 generated by UK music festivals every year…most of it came from transport. As a way of reducing this negative impact, Glastonbury launched the ‘Glastonbury Green Traveller Initiative’ in which they provide significant discounts and prizes for festival goers who attend using public transport.

#2 Love Your Tent Campaign – Another eco-problem generated by music festival goers is the number of abandoned tents that end up in landfills. To combat this, Glastonbury partnered with the ‘Love Your Tent’ campaign to encourage festival goers to invest in quality camping gear that they take home after the festival and re-use the next time they came.

#3 Local Sewage Works – A major source of emissions at Glastonbury came from transporting in water for the festival. In fact, in 2008 alone, 168 tankers were used to bring in water by road, with sewage being taken on a 90-mile round trip to Avonmouth. The solution? Glastonbury built two reservoirs and a local sewage works to reduce the distance that the water and sewage need to travel. Also, festival goers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles.

#4 Please Take It Home Campaign – 400 gazebos, 2,200 chairs, 3,500 air beds and 6,500 sleeping bags were all left behind at Glastonbury. This is why the ‘Please Take It Home’ campaign to take 5 minute to collect all their camping equipment.

#5 Long-drops For Portaloos – With hundreds of thousands of people onsite, ammonia levels in the nearby streams and countryside are hugely impacted by the amount of waste being produced in the portaloos. To stem this problem, the majority of the portaloos will be replaced with long-drops and composting toilets. As well as offering festival goers an ‘stink-free’ toilet experience, the collected waste will be used as compost to fertilise the farmland that hosts Glastonbury.

#6 Electric Golf Buggies – When it comes to generating the power needed to run a huge music festival, Glastonbury has approached this in a number of ways. Firstly they’ve installed over 1,500 square metres of solar panels, which is enough to power 40 homes annually. Glastonbury also makes use of electric bikes and golf buggies to transport staff around the 1,500 acre site. And even though the main stages and food stalls still require power generators, Glastonbury is investigating the viability of hybrid generators to minimise the use of fossil fuels in the event.

The Top 5 Greenest Buildings in the World

Want to go green but not sure how to do it? Take a look at what you can learn from these pioneers.

clock shadow#1 The Clock Shadow Building, Milwaukee, USA

This is one of the world’s most ‘green’ buildings thanks to an ecological build, sustainability and the effort to improve the local area’s infrastructure.

When building this property the designers wanted to concentrate on using renewable energy, but sadly due to its small footprint there was not enough roof space to hold a substantial amount of solar panels. Instead, they decided to reduce the building’s energy consumption.

A ground source water pump was fitted and most of the building materials are reclaimed, recycled or renewable.

co-op hq#2 The Co-op HQ, Manchester, UK

Not only is this new build a statement with its unique architecture, but it also does its bit in saving this planet. The Co-operative Group spent £100million on building their main office which opened in 2013. And it achieved the highest ever rating (95.16%) from BREEAM – the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

This building powers itself using crops grown on Co-operative farms, rainwater harvesting, recycling system and a heat recovery system. The building has low-energy lighting, low-energy IT equipment and high-efficiency lifts.

bullitt centre#3 Bullitt Centre, Seattle, USA

The dream of any ecologically minded company is to achieve carbon neutrality. For the Bullitt Environmental Foundation HQ this dream is a reality. There is a water and sewage processing system, solar panels on the roof, rainwater collection and a UV light purification system. There are even 26 underground geothermal wells which heat the water.

The owners of this building also encourage employees to ride their bike to work by having their own garage. Parking for cars is therefore limited.

#4 The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s premier tourist attractions and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The large, bubble-shaped domes are home to a diversity of plants from all around the world and act as a natural biome.

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This attraction is also big on educating visitors on the relationship between humans, plants and the natural environment. A geothermal plant powers everything at the project and generates enough to cover 5,000 nearby homes.

ying yang house#5 Yin Yang House, California, USA

This family home and office is designed to use as little energy as possible. And with a bamboo interior and composite stone countertops, much of the materials used are recyclable too.

The building has cross-ventilation, a thermal chimney and solar panels, which along with cellulose insulation and many more sustainable features makes this one of the world’s best eco properties.

Could you improve your green credentials and save money at home and work? Why not take inspiration from these eco warriors.

 

 

 

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